Proposal: Eliminate four furlough days – The Cherokee Ledger-News: Top Stories

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Jun

Proposal: Eliminate four furlough days – The Cherokee Ledger-News: Top Stories

The Cherokee County Board of Education on June 13 tabled the coming school year’s superintendent’s proposed budget for review. The millage rate to Cherokee County taxpayers is recommended to remain the same, although the value of the digest has risen slightly.

However, to balance the budget, an additional $7.16 million in cuts is necessary in addition to ongoing cuts of $22.8 million made last year.

In the proposed budget, a plan is outlined to outsource custodial services; under the Request for Proposals the school district issued, all school district custodial employees will be hired by the contractor selected for service, and they will be provided benefits. Since the transition is planned to occur as school gets under way for the new school year, Superintendent Dr. Frank Petruzielo predicts the move will save the district $3 million next year — enough to eliminate two additional furlough days. The proposal includes four furlough days next school year, down from eight during the school year just completed. This adjusts the 2012-2013 calendar to 179 days, one short of the full 180 days of instruction; last year’s calendar included the loss of five instructional days.

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