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Layoffs coming to Lowndes County Schools

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LOWNDES COUNTY, GA (WALB) –Layoffs are coming to the Lowndes County School system because of more state budget cuts.

Nine people, mostly part-timers, will lose their jobs.

Eight teachers will be offered para-professional jobs until teaching positions become available.

Superintendent Dr. Steve Smith says that's far fewer people than he initially expected.

They're working to cut $8 million dollars.

The system will also be closed the first two weeks of July.

"We're eliminating vacation in the future for our employees," said Smith.  "I won't accumulate vacation. Nobody in the system will accumulate vacation. If we want to take vacation, then we just need to take it at the first two weeks of July."

The school board did decide to maintain 180-day school year for students and 190-day for staff.

They had considered cutting the school year to 170 days and lengthening the school day to save money.

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