District staff prepares for unpaid day to address budget problems.
public agency in Santa Clarita to take furloughs are the offices of the William S. Hart Union High School District, which will be closed Friday, Feb. 13,
for an unpaid furlough day.
which will give the district a four-day weekend for Presidents’ Day, is
expected to save the district $529,000 during the ongoing budget crisis. The
day already was scheduled as a non-student day at district schools.
district spokeswoman Pat Willett, the furlough will involve 1,800 employees and
will impact primarily employees in the district office and those who may seek
services from the district. Although schools were already scheduled to be
closed, the day was originally scheduled as a district-wide staff development
day, and teachers who chose to attend the trainings would have been paid for an
“Now nobody gets
paid on Friday,” Willett said. She said that Friday would be the only furlough
day scheduled during the 2008-2009 school year.
organizations which already have arranged for civic center usage of district
facilities will not be affected, and custodians will be on hand as required
under the civic center permits.
classified staff, such as instructional assistants and campus supervisors, who
were not scheduled to work on a pupil-free day will need to arrange with their
site administrator for an alternate unpaid furlough day.
“Everyone has to
take one day off without pay,” Willett said. “This makes it even for everyone.”
that it is unknown at this time if additional unpaid furlough days will be scheduled
in the next school year. If they are scheduled, district financial officer Sue
Guthrie estimates that each day could save the district $624,000. Such days
would have to be negotiated with the district’s employee unions before they
could be implemented.