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Kanwaha County School Board Cuts Positions at Career Center

The Garnet Career Center.

The Kanawha County school board has agreed to end the contracts of four Garnet Career Center teachers and 24 full-time aides countywide as a result of expected funding cuts.

School board Human Resources Director Carol Hamric tells The Charleston Gazette-Mail that the board voted unanimously Thursday to make the cuts, which include teachers in auto tech, business education and nursing.

All of the layoffs are effective at the end of the school year. Hamric says there will be 325 aides remaining at the adult career center after the cuts.

County Assistant Superintendent Mark Milam says state funding for the county's career centers has been decreasing for the last five years, with a current $1.9 million appropriation expected to drop to $1.8 million next school year.

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