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Three furlough days eliminated for Glendale teachers

January 16, 2012 |  9:28 am

Teachers in the Glendale Unified School District will no longer have to take three furlough days, with the district reaching a deal with the teachers union

Teachers in the Glendale Unified School District will no longer have to take three furlough days, with the district reaching a deal with the teachers union.

District officials said the agreement was "very fair" and the result of a "very collaborative process" with the union.

"The results are going to benefit our schools, our community and our kids in particular," said Assistant Supt. for Human Resources David Samuelson. "We are moving forward."

Two of the unpaid furlough days were eliminated entirely and one was deferred to the 2012-13 school year, Samuelson said. There were already four furlough days on the books next year.

The dates of the 2012-13 furlough days have not yet been set, Samuelson told the Glendale News-Press.

The district's goal is to eliminate all five furlough days next year if the Glendale Unified budget outlook improves.

Two of the three planned furlough days for this year would have been regular school days, meaning that students would have lost significant instructional time. The third day, June 15, was scheduled to a staff-only day.

Each furlough day is worth $458,450 to the district. For teachers, that registers as roughly $220 to $440.

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-- Megan O'Neil, Times Community News

Photo: Glendale Unified School District teacher of the year Gerald Sharp works with his class in October. Credit: Roger Wilson / Times Community News

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