Posted: May 20, 2012 9:14 AM by Chris Welty
MONROE, La. (AP) - The Ouachita Parish School Board believes it can save almost $1 million by suspending teacher sabbaticals for the upcoming school year.
The News-Star reports (http://tnsne.ws/K1xYfd) that the cost-cutting proposal has been recommended by the district's finance committee. The school board meets Thursday.
The finance committee recommended suspending all professional sabbaticals, non-catastrophic sabbaticals and medical sabbaticals for the 2012-13 fiscal year.
Officials say in an average school year about 23 teachers take sabbatical leave at a total cost of $1.2 million to the district.
Superintendent Bob Webber said the district intends to cut $10 million from its budget for the upcoming school year. With the sabbaticals suspension included, the district would have only $1 million left to go to reach that goal.