Carroll County student enrollment drops, cutting positions

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CARROLL COUNTY (WSLS 10) -  Carroll County will have to make some tough decisions as they expect to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars from next years budget as enrollment drops.

Superintendent Doctor Strader Blankenship says next year they're expecting enrollment to drop by about 200 students to a total of about 3,700 students in Carroll County.

That means a drop in about $500,000 to $600,000.

He says they're trying to cut where they can but the budget is about 80-percent staff so it means cutting positions. Right now he's estimating 13 to 15 positions across the board including teachers, counselors and administrative staff.

Doctor Blakenship says it's the worst budget he's had to deal with.

He says after losing 80 students this year they've been looking into where students have gone. The superintendent says families are moving all across the country for jobs.

The superintendent says the county gives them more money than they have to. He's been meeting with people today trying to figure out what some options may be.