45 Jobs Terminated In Mason County School system

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UPDATE: The Mason County Board of Education voted Tuesday night to terminate 45 jobs for the next school year.

That includes both professional and service jobs.

We spoke with the board president after the decision was made:

It’s a tough time here.  None of us on our board or superintendent want to see this and hopefully something with this special session will help us with funding that we can put some more people back, Jared Billings said.

MASON COUNTY, WV (WOWK) More than 50 positions within the Mason County School system are being recommended for termination, according to Superintendent Jack Cullen.  

The board will vote this evening on the recommendations during a regular meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. 

Professional personnel, service personnel and extracurricular personnel are included in the potential reduction in force. A number of additional employees are facing cuts in their time or transfers. 

Cullen said the number of jobs available directly correlate to enrollment numbers. Enrollment in Mason County is down this school year by 97 students. He said that equates to an $862,000 loss. 

A number of the professional employees on this list, he added, will be able to get their jobs back if the board votes to terminate them based on retirements and other factors.

In any case, though, he said these decisions are never easy.

The terminations must be approved by May 1 and the employees on the list to have reduced time, be terminated or transferred must be notified by April 1. 

The Board of Education meets this evening at 6 p.m. 

We’re expecting a number of those on the list to be in attendance. 

Stay with 13 News for more on this developing story. 

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