Teachers and administrators throughout Decatur public schools will be required to take three furlough days next year as the school system works to plug a budget deficit.
Employees who work more than 190 days per year, including teachers, will take the three days, which will save the school system about $345,000 in next year’s proposed $36.8 million budget, said Maria Lewis, spokeswoman for City Schools of Decatur.
This year’s budget is about $37.3 million, and the furlough days will help plug a deficit brought on mostly by state funding reductions. School districts across the state and nation are struggling to manage growing deficits as sales and property tax collections decrease in a recessionary economy.
The board passed the measure 3-0 March 18 with board chair Valerie Wilson and board member John Ahmann absent, Lewis said.
The furlough days will represent a 4 percent cut for 10 percent of the school system’s workforce – not teachers – Lewis said and 1.6 percent for 90 percent of the system. Some employees, such as paraprofessionals and school nurses, will not be affected.
Salaries also will be frozen next year.
No tax increases have been proposed, Lewis said.