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by Jordan Green

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URBAN MINISTRY CLOSED FOR SEWER REPAIRS

Greensboro Urban Ministry, which serves homeless people in the city, closed for sewer repairs on Tuesday morning. The agency reported that a serious sewer problem had developed two weeks earlier. The American Red Cross supplied cots as Urban Ministry’s night shelter for single adults moved to the Interactive Resource Center, at 407 E. Washington St. Meanwhile, the community kitchen relocated to Shiloh Baptist Church, located at 1210 S. Eugene St. to serve lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Regular volunteers are expected to serve breakfast and lunch at the Interactive Resource Center. The emergency assistance program has moved to the HealthServe Medical Center building at 1002 S. Eugene St, while the food bank continues to receive donations at its loading dock behind HealthServe. A press release from Executive Director Mike Aiken gave no indication of when the repairs were likely to be completed and the facility would reopen.

GUILFORD COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD RESTORES FUNDING FOR TEACHER ASSISTANTS

The final budget approved by the Guilford County School Board on Aug. 22 redirected $400,000 allocated for a facilities audit focused on safety and security and $200,000 for a disparity study to restore workdays for teacher assistants and other paraprofessionals. The budget totals $612.9 million. The school district reported that the state reduced funding for teacher assistants and paraprofessionals by $5.6 million. In July, the board approved a seven-day reduction in workdays for the employees. The reallocation of funding allows the district to restore 4.5 workdays.

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