Syracuse, N.Y. — The Syracuse school district could save nearly $1 million a day if everyone from the superintendent to lunch monitors took an unpaid furlough. And they may have to.
Suzanne Slack, the district Chief Financial Officer, said that if the state cuts aid in the coming months, everyone may have to take some furlough days.
“This is similar to what the city did,” Slack told Syracuse City School District board members during a work session tonight. “If we were to furlough everyone – from the superintendent to the last hire – it would save $960,000.”
The district’s budget is $486 million this year. More than $200 million of that is salaries for teachers and staff.
Superintendent Jaime Alicea said he has already been discussing the possibility of furloughs with the district’s various unions, who would have to agree to them.
The district has already cut some expenses by