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Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Norfolk school aides won't know until March if they're going to be laid off

NORFOLK

Schools Superintendent Chris Augusta-Scott said she won’t know until at least May which school aides will lose their jobs.

Augusta-Scott announced last month that the K-6 school system would cut 19 of its 46.5 school aide positions in an effort to restructure the special education department.

At the time, Augusta-Scott said aides would be notified this month whether they would keep their jobs, but she has since decided that timeframe is unrealistic, she said.

Augusta-Scott said the schools would offer resume-writing workshops to help the aides prepare for the possibility of losing their jobs.

"We’re going to do whatever we can to help our people transition," she said. "They’ve been very loyal to Norfolk, and they’re great employees who’ve given a lot to our children."

-– Calvin Hennick

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