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What's the latest on furloughs in Pinellas?



The short answer is, it's still up in the air.

It has been five weeks since we heard anything about them. But the district's latest budget-cut spreadsheet - recently posted with all kinds of other workshop documents here - shows it's still looking to use unpaid leave to cover about $7.7 million in next year's budget.

That figure is about the same as the one that surfaced in bargaining in early June, when the district said it had "recovered" $4.7 million. In terms of impact, at least according to one model, it comes to seven furlough days for 12-month administrators and three days for 10-month teachers.

The district has not made any formal proposals about furloughs in bargaining, but has made it clear that it thinks furloughs are inevitable. PCTA President Kim Black said the union is waiting for more concrete financial figures to come in at the end of this month.

"I think they've learned that the teachers union is not going to accept days without pay until we see the actual financial numbers," she said.

An update on the budget is scheduled for the beginning of the school board workshop Thursday.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 5:19pm]


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