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Greene County Extension Loses Staff Member Due to Budget Cuts

Human Development Specialist Dr. Jim Wirth is being moved to Taney County.

The Greene County Commission in recent years has reduced its funding for Greene County Extension, which is a partnership between the county commission and the University of Missouri.  Commissioners cut the county contribution to the organization by 90% in 2011.

Jay Chism, southwest region director for MU Extension, says in a news release Wirth is being-quote-“moved to a county where the county commission provides adequate funding for the local office.”

He says the move makes meeting the needs for programs related to families, elderly and human development in Greene County much more difficult.

Wirth’s move will be final in July.

He’s canceling most of his scheduled late summer, fall and winter programs.  One exception will be four training sessions that are planned for childcare providers in Springfield.

Meanwhile, Greene County Extension continues to look for ways to increase its revenues.  It’s hoping to generate money for educational programs and office operations through a partnership with a national vehicle buying company.

Cars, trucks, motorcycles, RVs, ATV’s, boats, boat motors and farm equipment in any condition can be donated to the council.  AutoWranglers.com will pick up the vehicle and send a check to Greene County Extension.

The donated vehicles can come from anywhere in Missouri or the United States.

To learn more about donating, autowranglers.com/donate/greene-extension