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Lexington 1 OKs expected cut of 70 jobs

Jun 23, 2010 3:01:00 PM - thestate.com
On the second try, the Lexington 1 School Board signed off on a plan to eliminate 70 jobs -- mostly teachers -- and raise business taxes to offset the loss of state aid.

The changes are included in a $166.7 million spending plan approved 5-2 late Tuesday. Board members Grady Harmon and Hazel Duell dissented.

The job cuts will be accomplished by a mix of layoffs and leaving vacancies unfilled.

Business taxes are going up nearly $51 per $100,000 of property.

The cuts in Lexington 1 are by far the largest among five districts in Lexington County. Overall, about 120 posts are being cut, two-thirds of them teachers.

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