FRANKFORT, N.Y. – The Frankfort-Schuyler School District is furloughing some staff in preparation for a budget deficit that could be more than $1 million, depending on state aid cuts.
Superintendent Joseph Palmer says 11 teacher’s assistants will be on furlough every Friday, starting Jan. 29.
The district cleans all school buildings on Fridays, so all students and staff are remote those days. The furloughs will apply even when schools return to hybrid schedules on Feb. 22.
Palmer says the district has applied for the New York State Department of Labor’s Shared Work Program, which allows employees to receive partial unemployment benefits while working reduced hours.
The furloughs could last through the end of the year, depending on the budget shortfall.
Depending on the reduction in state aid, Frankfort-Schuyler’s budget deficit could be anywhere from $630,000 to $1.3 million, according to Palmer.