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Chester Co. Schools Laying off Teachers

By Joe Sullivan
By jsullivan@wbbjtv.com

Henderson, Tenn. - Summer is a time when teachers should be enjoying a well deserved break. For more a dozen educators in Chester County summer is a time to dust off their resumes and look for jobs.

Cherrie Pipkin Director of Schools said, "If we don't have the money in the budget, we can't fund those positions. It's not easy to do but we have to set priorities and that is what we have done."

Three full time teaching positions were cut. Ten full time teacher aides were let go. Three interventionists were laid off, a custodial, a maintenance and a mechanic position were also cut.

Pipkin said, "We tried diligently to use our money wisely without cutting quality of education."

The three full time teacher position cuts include one from the elementary school, one from the middle school and one from the high school.

The past two years Chester County had been getting $600,000 from a federal program called Jobs for Education. That money is no longer in the budget.

Pipkin said, "It is difficult to do but something we have to do because we know we don't have a lot of additional money locally that we can use to offset the expenses."

The Director of Schools says she can't remember losing any teacher positions in the last several years.

"I think once we get through with this year we will be OK," said Pipkin.
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