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Stimulus money funds summer youth jobs

Butler County has received federal stimulus money to assist disadvantaged youth in finding jobs for the summer.

John Peagler, who is coordinating the program at Greenville’s Alabama Career Center, said the funds were enough to employ 25 persons ages 16-24 in the school district and municipalities in Butler County. All positions, he said, are currently filled.

“This a six-week position,” said Peagler. “Those employed will be paid $7.25 an hour.”

A total of nine workers were assigned to McKenzie School, Georgiana High School, and Greenville High School. Four workers were assigned to Georgiana, and 12 to Greenville. Workers in Greenville will work at the Greenville Parks and Recreation Department and in the city’s public works department, said Peagler.

The federal government allocated $1.2 billion for summer youth employment programs as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.