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Expiring Grants Cost Bibb Schools 53 Jobs

Bibb County schools says they're losing 53 jobs involved in three programs aimed at improving learning because grant money ran out.

The district made that announcement late Thursday afternoon, by an emailed news release.

They say the cuts mean jobs connected to these programs will end June 30th:

-- Gear Up, a program aimed at giving students and families resources to point them toward college success. Seven Gear Up jobs are being discontinued.

-- SIG, the school-improvement grants, aimed at raising student achievement in five struggling schools: Hutchings Career Center, Northeast, RUtland, Southwest and Central high schools. 22 jobs in the SIG program are ending;

-- And the Instructional Coaches program that hired educators to work with teachers in the classroom to help students learn. 24 instructional coach jobswill be lost.

The loss of the grant money will cost the district more than $4.2 million a year.

The district says they'll try to find new jobs for those 53 people.

The release does not explain why the grant money is not being renewed. School spokesman Donald Porter says school officials won't have any further comment on the matter Thursday.

But the district says they'll hold meetings Friday with the employees affected to explain the cuts further.






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