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Cox explains bookkeeper decision
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Director of Schools Dr. Jerry Hale says the school system will be laying off 36 people, including teachers and aides, this coming school year.Hale’s comments, made Monday during a county Education Committee meeting, brought questions about why the school system is keeping its financial department at full strength, despite several of those jobs being moved to the county administrative building.“Why you keeping the 10 bookkeepers for since you’re duplicating the service?” asked Commissioner Michael Martin. “That’s $400,000.”In response, incoming Director of Schools Bobby Cox answered, “I told those people I can guarantee them a job for a year. I have said from the beginning that if we have people retire, if we have people leave, then I will look at reducing those amounts.