Unpaid Holiday for Teachers?
By Dan Breitwieser, WCJB TV 20 News.
An idea proposed by Levy County School Superintendent Bob Hastings would give teachers, administrators and other staff three scheduled days next semester in which they wouldn't get paid, but they wouldn't have to come in. Teachers would only take the day off during in-service days where kids are not in school.
Depending on the employee's salary, it will cost each employee between $300 and $900 to miss those three days. But Hastings says the overall savings to the School Board is $509,000, more than half of the $800,000 school officials must cut in the next six months. He is working with the State Department of Education to see if the idea is allowed.
"You are talking 10,11,12 people being employed that will not be employed if we cannot save that money," says Hastings.
Before anything can happen officially, both the district and the teachers union would have to agree to reopen negotiations. The teachers would also have to vote on any changes to their contract.
"I'd hate to see them lose their job," says Chiefland Middle School teacher Andy Kidd. "If me taking a few days off without pay saves their job, I'm all for that."
Meanwhile, Alachua county school officials say everything budget-wise is on the table, except for things covered in the recent tax increase. They are waiting to hear the results of January's special legislative session before taking up any specific changes like program cuts or unpaid holidays.
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