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School furlough days

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PASCO, Wash.—Budget cuts have become too familiar for many businesses and organizations. The public school district is no different.  State lawmakers reduced salary for teachers by 1.9% and by 3% for school administrators.

The Pasco School District will be the first in our area to have furlough days.  For the next two years they'll have four of them each year.  Teachers will work a half-day. Friday, October 14th will be the first furlough. 

The Kennewick School District will also have furlough days.  They will consist of three half days starting in February.

The Richland School District will not have any furlough days.  The district is using their savings account.

"I mean it's always unfortunate when anyone has to take a cut in salary or benefits, so it's unfortunate that the state is cutting funds in a way that makes people lose money that they otherwise would have," says Leslee Caul, Pasco School District.