1-day furlough for school employees?

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - The Palm Beach County School District has finally agreed on a way to balance its budget.

After a two-hour meeting Friday the superintendent, along with the school board's budget committee, reached a consensus on how to close a funding gap just in time for the 2011-2012 school year.

The recommendations include reducing administration by cutting an additional one million dollars from a dozen departments and offices and reducing the employee mileage reimbursement rate.

In addition the agreement could save dozens of jobs from the budget ax in Palm Beach County schools.

The plan restores 14 school police officers, school activity buses, 6 school psychologists and 1 court liaison. The total cost is two-million dollars.

As a result the school budget committee and superintendent agreed that nearly all 21,000 employees take one furlough day which would save $5 million. Bus drivers and employees on a 180 duty-day contract would not be affected by the furlough.

The changes are the final touches to 35 million dollars in cuts across the school district.

The recommendations will be presented to the school board next Wednesday.

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