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Harrison County teachers face furloughs next year


HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Harrison County teachers and their assistants will make less money next year, while other school employees may lose their jobs.

In a letter to district employees dated April 8, 2010, Harrison County School Superintendent Henry Arledge detailed plans to reduce salaries for the 2010-2011 school year.  Each teacher and teacher's assistant will face a pay cut of $2,000. Part of that savings will come as three furlough days. A furlough day is a day where the employee does not come to work and does not get paid.

"Everybody will be affected by the cuts from the Superintendent all the way down the list," Arledge wrote. "Some employees will be terminated and not have a position for next year. Central office certified staff, principals, assistant principals, lead teachers, coaches, nurses, vocational teachers, guidance counselors, social workers, and all non-certified staff who work more than 187 days will have days reduced from their contract. It is important that we all look very carefully into other ways to reduce costs, including professional development, energy savings, field trips, etc..."

Arledge said the school district is having to cut $5.6 million from its budget. He said they would know more at the end of the legislative session, which should occur around the end of April.

"Many regulations and issues have to be considered in every decision that is made in trying to figure out what is the best avenue to proceed. Again, please understand that all figures are subject to change based upon what happens in the legislature when they go back in session," Arledge wrote.

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