PIEDMONT -- The school board gave the green light to parent clubs for them to fund the buyback of two furlough days for the 2013-14 school year.
The move would bring changes to the instructional calendar. Proposed is: making Nov. 1 a nonstudent day and designating it a paid professional development day for teachers; making Jan. 7, currently a vacation day for winter break, a student day; March 21 would be a school day for all students and staff.
The agreement is subject to approval by the bargaining units and final approval by the board at its March 27 meeting. The buyback will require the commitment of $180,000 in new funds from parent clubs and other fundraising. Teachers agreed two years ago to five furlough days to save the district about $450,000 per year through 2013-14.
The board also discussed how to spend the $12.7 million in modernization money received from the state for "matching funds" for the district's seismic upgrade programs. The funds can only be used for capital improvement projects, such as roof repairs, Alan Harvey Theater renovations, fencing and the like. The money could also be used to pay down debt service on bonds. Superintendent Connie Hubbard said first priority of projects would be health and safety on all campuses.
"Yes, focus on school security," resident George Childs said, but also "pay down the debt service on the bonds" to give taxpayers a break.
The board may have a special workshop to begin
"It's an inconvenience," Hubbard admitted. "It requires a culture shift. We'll have to educate people, and we expect resistance."