More than 300 jobs to be cut in Edison school district

Middlesex County's largest school district announced it will lay off more than 300 employees.

The Edison school board voted 5-4 in favor of cutting 337 jobs from the school district Tuesday night.

The decision, according to school board members, comes following a $9.7 million loss in state aid.

The board approved a $198.6 million budget for the next school year. The average homeowner in Edison could expect school taxes to increase by nearly $200.

Among the layoffs are more than 120 paraprofessionals, many of whom work with special education students. The jobs will be replaced by an outside agency, a move that school district officials say will save $2 million.

A total of 131 teaching positions will be among the jobs lost.

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