It’s the largest reduction ever for the Washoe County School District. Superintendent Heath Morrison announced a successful contract agreement with Central Services employees Monday. The agreement reduces spending by $2.5 million through cuts and reorganization of mid-level managers, administration and support positions.
District officials say many of the positions are vacant and will be eliminated or combine with other positions. They say most of the cuts will occur on the operation side of the system to protect the commitment to academics and instruction. The Superintendent’s Senior Cabinet will take 5 unpaid furlough days and forgo any salary increases, as part of the cuts. In addition, Superintendent Morrison has committed to 10 unpaid furlough days, and will also waive a salary increase.
The $2.5 million in reductions comes on the heels of an agreement with five employee associations, announced Friday, that would save the district nearly $11 million dollars. In all, the District is looking to cover a $33 million budget shortfall following a legislative mandate in February to cut education budgets by 6.9% Superintendent Morrison is expected to present both cost reduction plans to the School Board at a meeting Tuesday morning.