WHITESBORO, N.Y. --- Whitesboro Central Schools will furlough 103 of its employees beginning November 30th. School Superintendent Brian Bellair said the decision was made in conjunction with the Whitesboro Employee's Union.
The district plans to go fully remote from November 30th to December 22nd (Beginning of holiday break) due to a rise in Coronavirus cases in Oneida County. The furlough will last until January 4th when students return to in-person learning.
"As a public agency using public money, we have to be very careful when it comes to payroll and what we pay for and under what circumstance. And if we're going to continue to pay for our employees during a time when their work wasn't necessary, technically that will be an unconstitutional gift of public funds. So what we looked at with our union is an agreement to really minimize the impact on our employees and keep them as active employees so they can maintain their benefits and their health insurance," said Bellair.
Bellair said the decision to furlough employees was not made because of financial hardship within the district. Furloughed employees will be allowed to use unused vacation or sick time. Furloughed employees will also be allowed to apply for unemployment.
Here's a breakdown of where the furloughs will be:
3 school safety officers
2 school monitors
2 library clerks
7 food service workers
8 registered nurses
26 teacher aides
49 bus drivers
6 school bus attendants
We have reached out to the Whitesboro Employees union, but have not heard back.