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Pinellas backs off some school cuts

Weeks of bad news about the Pinellas County School District's budget took a slight turn for the better Thursday.

Superintendent Julie Janssen announced in a memo to employees that she was killing a proposal to cut 37 elementary school guidance counselors. She also said other employees may face fewer furlough days than anticipated because $5 million was being squeezed from other parts of the budget.

"The 4.51 days of unpaid leave per employee (on average) that we were looking at earlier in the week is beginning to shrink," she wrote. "Our current projections show 10-month instructional personnel with three days of unpaid leave and 10-month support staff with two days of unpaid leave."

The district has been aiming for $60 million in cuts.

Janssen said she asked all departments to reduce their discretionary budgets by 10 percent, which should save $2 million. She said $3 million was being freed up by moving some operating costs into the capital budget.

Pinellas backs off some school cuts 05/19/11 [Last modified: Thursday, May 19, 2011 11:38pm]
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