(02/07/2002)
Roane County Schools have approved the cutting or transfer of 44 school employees, linked to declining pupil population in the system. The employees have already been notified, according to school officials. The process has become an annual event for most West Virginia counties, known as "RIF" or Reduction in Force.

The cuts are linked to the loss of 100 students, which means Roane County will lose $400,000 in funding. The system is also losing $178,000 in federal funds, which was described as "insult to injury."

The changes do not go into effect until next school year.

Calhoun Schools have yet to discuss if there will be a reduction in force this year.


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