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Alexander County Schools to Cut 22 Positions

Alexander County Schools will cut 22 positions for the 2024-2025 school year. The reduction in force was approved at a meeting yesterday (February 12). The cuts were recommended as part of a budget report presented by Board of Education Chair Robert Arguelles at a special called meeting on February 7.

According to a statement released by the school system’s Public Information & Communications Office, the school system has lost more than 900 students over the past ten years. Mr. Arguelles said the cuts will include $453,000 in teachers’ pay. The cuts would also include clerical, bookkeeping, data managers, social workers, and locally funded positions for a total of nearly $1.5 million dollars. At present, Alexander County Schools employs about 740 full and part-time employees.

The Board also announced that they have a buyer for the Old Wittenburg school property on N.C. Highway 16 South. The property will be sold “as is.” The facilities committee recommended in October 2023 to put the property up for sale. The buyer is the Parallax Development Group, which will pay $600,000 for the old school.