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Wilmington, NC (WWAY)– The New Hanover County School Board has to get rid of more than 200 positions.

In addition to 51 jobs the board decided last night to cut, it is also trimming 161 temporary positions that were funded by federal stimulus funds and other grants.

Superintendent Tim Markley says he was surprised by the magnitude of the cuts made necessary because of funding cuts from the county and state.

“We knew coming in that there were going to be some very serious reductions in our schools budgets and we were prepared to deal with those reductions,” Markley said. “I don’t think anyone anticipated the depth of the cuts we’ve seen this year.”

The cuts are because of a 17.5 million dollar reduction in budget from federal, state and county sources.

That is 8% of the districts operating budget.

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