School system prepares for impact of budget cuts

With the budget approved, Baldwin County education officials are working to prepare for changes to take place when the new fiscal year starts Oct. 1.

More than 200 employees laid off in order to balance the budget will work their last day for the school system Sept. 30. Other workers will be transferred into many of those positions, Terry Wilhite, school system spokesman, said Friday.

Another resolution passed by the board Thursday night is expected to reduce the number of teachers. Members voted to approve a retirement incentive package for employees.

In a statement before the meeting, Lester Smith, human resources director, said 48 employees had expressed an interest in the new incentive offer. To receive the money, the workers would have to leave by the end of 2009.

School system prepares for impact of budget cuts