School Library Aides Jobs on the Chopping Block

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The school board is considering cutting 25 library aides because the district lost nearly $5 million in federal funding. Supt. Dr. Dennis Thompson says it would be against the law for the board to use any other source of funding to keep the library aides. They picketed outside the district administration building Tuesday night.

Then as the school board proclaimed April as School Library Media Month, the librarians waved protest signs. They want the board to cut something else that is federally funded, because they say they're needed to keep school libraries open full time.

"The children need the library there full-time. The teachers need us to help research books, get things out for them," says Vicki Skaggs, a library paraprofessional.

"The only other choice would come out of reading specialists at each school. We met with principals they have said under no circumstances would they want a reduction in their school reading specialists," says Dr. Thompson.

The school board could make a decision on the cuts as early as the next meeting on April 25.