LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Year-round employees in Jefferson County Public Schools -- from central office staff and high school principals to custodians and some secretaries -- will be forced to take two unpaid days in the coming school year under a proposal by Superintendent Donna Hargens.
In an email sent to employees on Monday, Hargens said the salaries of 260-day employees would not be cut. But they will not work, nor get paid, for the additional two days that are included in the 2016 fiscal year calendar.
There are approximately 1600 year-round employees at JCPS, which represents about 11 percent of all staff in the district.
Hargens said the change is needed "in order to compensate for annual changes in the calendar." She noted that 2016 is a leap year.
"To achieve internal equity, which means paying all employees based on their employee group calendar, the proposal is to adhere to a 260-day calendar for 260-day employees," Hargens wrote in the email.
Hargens said the move will save the district $600,000 annually.
Historically, the district's 260-day employees work every Monday through Friday from July 1 through June 30.
In some years, that has meant the employees actually work and get paid for 261 or 262 days because the calendar includes additional work days. The 2016 calendar includes 262 days, including Monday, Feb. 29.
But under Hargens' proposal, the year-round employees would stay home and not get paid on two days they would have normally worked in previous years.
John Stovall, president of Teamsters Local 783, sent a letter to Jefferson County Board of Education members, asking them not to approve Hargens' proposal.
"You can call it a two-day furlough or a two-day layoff, because that is exactly what this is," Stovall told WDRB News on Monday. "Our 260-day employee members will get two paychecks during the 205-16 year that will be for nine days instead of the customary 10 days."
Stovall said he is meeting with Hargens on Tuesday to discuss her proposal. Sources tell WDRB News the employees would not work Dec. 28, 2015 and April 4, 2016.
"This is the first time they've ever done this," he said. "The 260-day employees have always gotten paid for the extra days in the calendar."
Hargens could not be reached for immediate comment on Monday.
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