Wake County Schools eliminate positions

RALEIGH Due to the tight budget, administrators said they cut 22 positions. Fourteen of those jobs were already vacant, but eight people will lose their jobs.

The Wake County Board of Education met Tuesday and approved plans to reduce its workforce.

Administrators said they do not know who they will lay off.

Michael Evans, WCPSS spokesperson, told Eyewitness News the decision to cut positions is the first step in laying off employees whose positions are funded with bond money in the facility and construction areas.

Evans said there will be another round of cuts that will affect 10-15 positions in October. A third round is expected in early 2010.

All of the cuts will affect a department that has 90 positions.

According to the school system, construction projects have been drawn out over a longer period of time; therefore, fewer people are needed to work on those projects.

The next board meeting is scheduled for June 16. At that time, members will compile a list of people to be considered for layoffs.

The board said its process consists of deciding how many positions to cut, which they did Tuesday, and then deciding who they will cut.

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