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March 13, 2012 > District, teachers avoid additional budget-cut days

District, teachers avoid additional budget-cut days

Submitted By Rick La Plante

Faced with the possibility of having to reduce the current school year by two additional days because of mid-year budget cuts ordered by the state, the New Haven Unified School District and the New Haven Teachers Association have agreed on a solution to maintain the integrity of the instructional calendar.

The state budget proposal announced in January by Gov. Brown included a mid-year reduction to public education that robbed New Haven children of approximately $585,000 - on top of a $6 million reduction already included in the 2011-12 budget, as compared to 2010-11.

The original hit forced the District to reduce the instructional year by five days - from 180 to 175 days - and employees also agreed to take a sixth, non-student day without pay. March 5 is a "non-student, budget-cut day" and students will also miss class when schools are closed Friday, April 20, and Monday, May 21.

After the mid-year reductions were announced in January, the District and the teachers association, along with the New Haven Administrators Association, began working together to find a way to avoid the imposition of two additional non-student, budget-cut days.

The solution was an agreement by the Certificated/Management Retiree Trust Board to transfer to the District, funds sufficient to eliminate the need for additional non-student budget-cut days. The Trust will continue to make full payments to retirees over the course of the loan. The District will repay the trust with interest and will increase the per-member contribution to the trust as it received future "deficit reduction" payments due from the state.

"This is a win-win situation," Superintendent Kari McVeigh said, "especially for our students, who won't have to miss any more instruction, but also for our teachers and administrators, who won't have to take additional furlough days."

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