Houston Co. Schools approve funding for 20 new positions


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    PERRY, Ga. -- The Houston County Board of Education met Tuesday for 2019's second meeting of the new year.

    The meeting opened up recognizing some students at different Houston County schools -- specifically Houston County High School's Future Farmers of America Program winning a state championship.

    Additionally, the board approved funding for 20 new positions in the school.

    "We need additional teachers because we're a growing community," Cindy Flesher said. "We add student enrollment every year and we're pushing close to 30,000 students. We expect to grow several hundred students this next year, so because of that, we need additional teaching positions."

    These positions include special education teachers and in total adds about $1.6 million to the budget for next year. They hope to be filled by July of this year.

    Additionally, Houston County will also be taking steps to ensure safety in its schools.

    "It's just another tool for our administrators to use," said Dr. Chris Brown, executive director for Seconday Operations. "There's no issues or anything that causes a rise or need for this, but it's just an opportunity to give another resource for our administrators to use."

    That will take place this Thursday at Houston County High School.

    Detectors will be donated from the "It Takes a Village" foundation. Each high school will receive two detectors, while middle and elementary schools will receive one each.

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