Furlough days that have been a reality for most Baltimore County employees for several weeks are now a reality for teachers as well.
School Superintendent Robert Y. Dubel today finally announced a furlough schedule for school employees.
County Executive Roger B. Hayden announced furloughs for county employees on Jan. 2 as a method of saving money, based on the $23.5 million state budget cut imposed by Gov. William Donald Schaefer.
The General Assembly still is trying to decide whether to approve the cut.
But Dr. Dubel had held off on announcing a plan in hopes the General Assembly would take action that would avoid furloughs.
Under today's plan, 10-month employees will be furloughed for four days, and 12-month employees will have five days of furloughs, representing a deduction of 1.9 percent of annual salaries, school officials said.
Employees on the classified payroll will have equal deductions taken from the next eight paychecks, starting March 20.
At the request of the Teachers Association of Baltimore County, deductions for 10-month teachers have been delayed.
Snow day Feb. 13 will be counted as the first day of furlough, school officials said.
June 18, the day after the last day of school and usually a work day for teachers, will be the second. The superintendent's staff is working with employee organizations on a schedule for the other two days.
The fifth day for 12-month personnel will be arranged as a floating holiday through immediate supervisors, official said.
Other county workers already were furloughed Feb. 12 and Feb. 17, and they face three more days of furlough on March 25, April 17 and May 25.
However, since the furloughs will save only about $12.5 million, the county will still have to deal with a deficit of at least a $14.4 million.