UPDATE: Wayne County School Board cuts 84 positions

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UPDATE 4/25/17 @ 9 p.m.
WAYNE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Some 84 jobs were eliminated Tuesday night by the Wayne County Board of Education.

The board agreed to cut those positions so they can get back on track again; they hope to have their budget approved soon by the state Board of Education.

The cuts include abolished positions, consolidated positions, reductions in force (RIFs) and transfers. They will take effect at the end of the school year.

The school system expects to have the budget approved in May.

School Superintendent David Roach said school officials haven't had much of a choice. He explained that if the board hadn't approved the cuts, the state possibly would have stepped in and made cuts to save money.

Roach pointed out that some other counties have faced a similar economic reality.

ORIGINAL STORY 4/25/17 @ 5:41 a.m.
WAYNE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Sixty three people are set to possibly lose their jobs at the end of the school year in Wayne County.

The Wayne County Board of Education will hold a special meeting tonight. On the agenda: the termination of 47 professional personnel and 16 service personnel.

These are part of the cuts that were proposed by then-interim superintendent Dr. Steven Paine. Paine has since left Wayne County to start a second stint as West Virginia Superintendent of Schools. David Roach is now the interim superintendent.

The county is facing a multi-million dollar shortfall. Roughly 85 employees received Reduction In Force (RIF) or transfer letters in March.

Also on tonight's agenda is the school calendar for the 2017-2018 school year.

Tonight's meeting is at 6 p.m. at the Board of Education in Wayne.

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