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Carroll County school counseling cuts considered

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 16, 2014 11:13 AM
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(Westminster, Md.) -- A proposal to eliminate some counseling jobs in a Maryland school district just south of the Mason-Dixon line is running into opposition. 

The proposed merger of crisis counselor and dropout-prevention positions at Carroll County public schools' eight high schools would save the school system $676,000.

Crisis counselor Jeffrey Shrader says the added workload could hamper a counselor's ability to respond quickly to students in crisis. He  says he works with students who are suicidal, being bullied or dealing with drug and mental-health issues. 

Two recent graduates say crisis counselors helped them through difficult periods. 

Chief Financial Officer Chris Hartlove says merging the positions isn't an ideal solution to the school system's budget crunch. But he says the proposal is partly intended to avoid cutting classroom teachers.

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