High schools clear major hurdle for furlough plan | TheUnion.com

High schools clear major hurdle for furlough plan

The high school district reached a milestone in the effort to furlough all employees for five days – the classified employee union accepted a tentative agreement late Monday.

While the furlough plan will save the equivalent of 3.5 full-time staff positions, five classified staff jobs are still slated for elimination, according to Superintendent Ralf Swenson.

More than 100 classified staff employed by the district need to ratify the agreement before it becomes official. That vote is set for April 13.

Nevada Joint Union High School District has been negotiating the unpopular cost-cutting measure since January, trying to chip away a $2.1 million shortfall in its $31 million budget.

Furloughs will save about half a million dollars each of the next two years.

Teachers approved the plan earlier in March.

For more on the story, see Wednesday’s edition of The Union.

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