MPSD Employees Face Furloughs

By: Staff Reports
By: Staff Reports

In an effort to prevent lay-offs, the school board Monday night voted to require district employees to take two furlough days. This action goes for all employees. Chief Fiscal Officer Linda Hill says this action is being taken to make up for serious budget shortfalls.

"The reason for the furlough day, the main and only reason, other than have a balanced budget is to keep people from being laid off. Because if we didn't do this we would have to lay people off, said Linda Hill.

This action will allow the district to save $350,000.

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  • by Just MY Opinion Location: Meridian on May 21, 2010 at 05:19 PM
    In response to: Posted by: To JMO - I stand corrected. In addition, I agree that it would be nice to be informed by our district leaders, however,the reality is that nothing travels faster than a juicy bit of information. Therefore, why don't we all give the benefit of the doubt to the district leaders and believe that they Wanted to get the word out but the media beat them to it? I mean really, be it local or national, if you want to learn a secret or how to do something that most of don't want done just watch the news - the talking heads will provide you with detailed instructions.
  • by Concerned Teacher Location: Meridian on May 21, 2010 at 01:03 PM
    It is a shame the district informed two media outlets about upcoming cuts before informing the teachers. To the best of my knowledge, here’s what looks like will happen next year (please feel free to correct me if you know better/different): 1. students and teachers cut two calendar days 2. teachers furloughed two days (with the possibility of a third) 3. lose $600 stipend 4. lose two personal days 5. pay 9% into retirement (up from 7.25%) While the cuts will hurt, I’m not complaining. I’m happy to have a job (hopefully). However, I am angry that we’ve received no official word from the district. If a business were to run its affairs the way this district does, the ship would have sunk long ago.
  • by 1 more teacher Location: l'dale county on May 20, 2010 at 07:40 PM
    I, too, wonder if administrators are facing pay cuts. Why are the faculty/staff not given information in a timely manner? I worry about collegues who are operating on tight budgets already. Will our teachers have to have 2nd jobs to make ends meets as so many of our teacher assistants already do? (Will the board give approval for that? Our contracts require that teachers get approval for second jobs.)Morale could be improved just by having a board that extends respect and common courtesy to distict personnel. I love teaching and my kids and co-workers. I don't like being treated with so little respect by the School Board. Is it any wonder that some parents and students show little respect when they see this example from those who should know better?
  • by To JMO on May 20, 2010 at 02:57 PM
    To Just My Opinion . .. I think the complaint is more about not being told before the media not about the actual furloughs. . . no one has been clear about the details, what we know we've learned from TV.
  • by Educator 2 Location: Meridian on May 20, 2010 at 04:07 AM
    Cutting out free breakfast is not going to affect teacher pay. That money comes from the federal government. It isn't the kids' fault that some of their parents are horrible. What is affecting teacher pay is all of the consultant fees being paid, Haley Barbour not being a supporter of public education (or so it seems), too many administrator or department heads being paid big bucks, who do next to nothing every day at CO, and frivolous spending that does not go in the classroom. As one person at my school said, if car companies and banks can be bailed out, why can't more money be placed in education? The teachers understand and have sympathy for anyone and everyone who has lost their job. We are thankful that most of us still have ours (or at least we hope we do), but why isn't CO talking to us? Why do we have to find out about the cuts through the media? That is not right! Even our principal hasn't told us anything yet. I guess they like holding our lives in their hands!
  • by Just My Opinion Location: Meridian on May 20, 2010 at 03:27 AM
    People will always have something to complain about. You chose this job with all of its trials & tribulations. You certainly didn't choose to work for the school district (any district) for the pay. But you must remember, you ARE employed. Be grateful for the fact that you have a job when there are so many who don't. Instead of complaining about "poor pitiful me" see the silver lining that you still have a job. 2 days of no pay will not break any of you. You are educated, therefore, you should have a "rainy day plan". It's called savings, investments, and/or emergency plan. If YOU don't save a little each pay period for "just in case" that is YOUR fault. Learn from it. Don't let it happen twice. Try not to dwell on the things you think are bad. Find SOMETHING good in it and try to be positive. And just so you will know, some of the MPSD classified employees will have 2 furlough days at the end of THIS school year. WE didn't complain, we just accepted it.
  • by Sandra Location: Lauderdale Co on May 19, 2010 at 07:39 PM
    Lauderdale County School District employees are being furloughed 2 days as well and that lovely half day that you get for each day furloughed is going to be required to be used on the day right after the 2 furloughed days. Great! Thanks for the personal day that I am required to use when you tell me to use it. What part of that is personal? LCSD employees understand the frustration of MPSD employees!
  • by Teacher Location: Meridian on May 19, 2010 at 07:30 PM
    I understand the need to make budget cuts. What I do not understand is why the only information employees have us the information in the newspaper and television news. Please explain to us the exact details of furloughs, personal day cuts, and supplement cuts.
  • by Anonymous on May 19, 2010 at 12:02 PM
    Guess that teacher paycut is helping pay Mr. Kent's contract which he was guaranteed after he got fired for being inept.
  • by me on May 19, 2010 at 07:24 AM
    What if they cut out free breakfast in school. Most of the families are on food stamps anyway that use the free breakfast. Can't they buy pop tarts with the food stamps and send with their child to eat on the way to school if they are too lazy to fix their child breakfast? Free breakfast at school and food stamps is double dipping to me. Why should the teachers pay for sorry no working, caring parents? Some parents won't give the $1 a week Jr. is suggesting because they feel like the deserve everything free.
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