CLINTON — For the next two school years, all employees in the Clinton Public School District will see a reduction in workdays.
The district announced that teacher workdays were being reduced from 188 to 187, and that all employees would be furloughed for three days.
“State law mandates that teachers work at least 187 days,” said Dr. Phil Burchfield, superintendent of schools. “In Clinton we have traditionally added one extra teacher day, but continued budget cuts no longer allow this luxury.”
During its latest session, the Mississippi Legislature also granted an exception to the 187-day rule, allowing districts the flexibility to furlough employees up to three days for two school years.
The teacher workday reduction and furloughs for all employees are cost-saving measures that will hopefully stave off further layoffs, Burchfield said. The district in March announced that 43 positions would be eliminated in the 2010-11 school year.
Sandy Halliwell, finance director, said each furlough day equates to roughly $100,000. Three furlough days a year for two consecutive years will save the district nearly $600,000.
BEFORE YOU GO…
… we’d like to ask for your support. More people are reading the Mississippi Business Journal than ever before, but advertising revenues for all conventional media are falling fast. Unlike many, we do not use a pay wall, because we want to continue providing Mississippi’s most comprehensive business news each and every day. But that takes time, money and hard work. We do it because it is important to us … and equally important to you, if you value the flow of trustworthy news and information which have always kept America strong and free for more than 200 years.
If those who read our content will help fund it, we can continue to bring you the very best in news and information. Please consider joining us as a valued member, or if you prefer, make a one-time contribution.Click for more info