MANATEE -- In one plan, 54 school staff members would see their jobs cut.
In another some employees would see unpaid furlough days.
Manatee Schools Superintendent Tim McGonegal before the school board meeting tonight painted a grim picture of changes needed to cut from $12 million to $16.91 million from the school district’s operational budget.
McGonegal is expected to present both budget plans to school board members at tonight’s meeting.
Under the $12.1 million plan, 54 jobs would be cut from Manatee County Schools district offices. Some district employees would take six furlough days during the course of the year if they work 12 months and are considered a supervisor, administrator, manager or professional.
Departments like custodial services would be outsourced. School resource officers at the elementary-school level would be cut. Plus one of the teams that make up the construction services crew also would lose their jobs, McGonegal said.
“This is a budget like we’ve never seen before,” McGonegal said.
Teacher aides or assistants, clerks, secretaries and members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees would not have to take furloughs under the $12.1 million plan.
However, under the $16.91 million plan, those employees -- who are considered the lowest paid in the school district -- would have to take two furlough days.
“The budget committee said they wanted us to shield all lower paid employees,” McGonegal said.
The $12.1 million list includes a district office reorganization, lower salaries through retirements, outsourcing of custodians, eliminating elementary school resource officers, decreasing the media budget and decreasing the amount of life insurance provided by the district.
Additional savings will come from the resignation of Schools Transportation Director Terry Palmer.
Palmer resigned Thursday and his position will remain unfilled, McGonegal said.