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City schools chief to take next Monday off

February 4, 2010 |  5:50 pm

L.A. Unified Supt. Ramon C. Cortines said Thursday that he plans to take a furlough day next week and hopes other district employees follow his example.

The district is facing a deficit of up to $670 million and officials have been urging union members to take four unpaid furlough days. If every L.A. Unified employee took four furlough days, the district could save an estimated $60 million.

Four unions have agreed to take a monthly furlough day until May. Senior staff and non-union members must also take the time off. Teachers union officials have said they are willing to consider furlough days but want to make sure all other possibilities have been exhausted.

Cortines often reports to work before 5 a.m., so it remains to be seen whether he can resist making a few work-related phone calls Monday. It seems unlikely that he'll attempt to run the district electronically, however, as the famously non-computer savvy superintendent doesn't type his own e-mails.

--Jason Song