York County School of Technology recently cut eight teacher assistant positions for the upcoming school year after some of its federal funding was reduced.

The high school, which has students enrolled from many of the county's school districts, gets a Perkins IV grant, which is federal money specifically for career and technical schools. The grant has achievement-based requirements.

For the upcoming budget year, the grant was cut by about $100,000, down to about $607,000. That's due in part because of the school's lagging test scores, said school spokeswoman Jean Parks.

Instead of trying to pay the approximately $100,000 for eight full-time assistants as part of the remaining money, the school decided that its best bet was to eliminate those positions and instead improve scores with staff training.

"It became necessary to reprioritize," Parks said.


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