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Furloughs OK'd for Teachers, Others

The Board of Education has approved five furlough days for teachers and nonrepresented employees because of cuts in state funding.

The teacher furloughs are part of a recently approved contract with the Teachers Association of Long Beach calling for the unpaid days off next school year, along with other contract changes designed to save about $12 million and 200 teaching jobs.

The school board this week also increased the total number of furlough days for nonrepresented employees to five for next school year, after initially approving three.  Nonrepresented employees include administrators and other employees not represented by a union.

The furlough days will occur Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 22 to 24.  These dates immediately precede the Nov. 25 and 26 holiday for Thanksgiving.  The fourth and fifth furlough days will be taken March 25 and March 28, 2011.

TALB reported that 2,000 employees, or 93 percent, voted in favor of the deal for teachers.  Under the agreement with TALB, the school district will restore 200 of the teaching positions that appear on the school board’s final layoff list, no later than 30 work days following the board’s action on the final list.  That final list is expected around mid-July because the school district must await an administrative law judge’s ruling regarding recent layoff hearings for some teachers.

The school board has already OK’d 243 final layoff notices for teachers and other certificated employees, with additional notices pending the outcome of the layoff hearings.  Of the 200 jobs to be restored, some may be among the 243 final notices already sent, and some may be among the teachers involved in the layoff hearings.

Nonrepresented employees will receive additional information in the coming days regarding the implementation of the furloughs.