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.