By Johnny Whitfield

Citing declining enrollment, a system reorganization and net reductions in state funding, the Person County Board of Education on Thursday approved the elimination of as many as 31 positions.

School system superintendent Rodney Peterson said the school system has lost about 1,000 students over the last 10 years.

In addition, the county has been required to pay approximately 20 percent of its state funding to charter schools who teach children from Person County.

Peterson said he does not expect all 31 positions will be lost because natural attrition from the workforce will allow the school system to make cuts in other places and save some of the jobs targeted for elimination.

The plan proposed by Peterson Thursday afternoon calls for the

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