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Furloughs for Oakland school management

Superintendent Tony Smith and 53 other non-unionized managers in the Oakland school district will take furloughs of 6 to 12 days next year. The school board approved the one-year implementation at tonight’s special meeting before passing the final 2010-11 budget.

None of the bargaining units will take unpaid vacations; classified staff considered doing so as a way to avoid further layoffs, but it wasn’t enough, CFO Vernon Hal said tonight.

The $175,000 in savings from these management furloughs will go to the district’s preschool programs. (I’m not sure exactly how many employees this includes.)

Here’s the furlough schedule, which is based on salary:

$75,000 to $100,000 = 6 days
$101,000 to $150,000 = 8 days
more than $150,000 = 10 days
Superintendent Tony Smith = 12 days

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • TheTruthHurts

    Finally, somebody somewhere in Oakland gets a dose of reality. I listened to Forum on NPR today and it was depressing to hear about joblessness, lack of unemployment benefits, COBRA-hell, etc.

    Finally, someone in Oakland is recognizing the REALITY of the situation and stepping in to do something. It’s not nearly enough.

    Furloughs for management is a joke anyway because it’s not like their work decreases and in most cases no one can fill in for them anyway. Who’s going to be Tony while he’s out. Whatever. I’m just glad someone is doing something based in the reality of the situation and putting the money toward kids.

    The truth hurts, but at least some are dealing with it.

  • J.R.

    I sure hope they can survive that kind of pay cut, Tony might even need to do some consulting to “fill in some of that pay gap. Poor guy, I wonder how much he sleeps at night, or…….. does he?

  • http://americaonline aqua

    While management is taking a pay cut by way of furlough days…., employees in the Payroll Dept works every night and weekends doing Overtime. These employees pay checks are larger without any consideration for the District’s budget crisis. No one is monitoring this area of spending. So poor management of budget is still alive and intact.