SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- The Springfield school board approved furlough days for the remainder of the academic year.
On Monday night, the school board gave the OK to once-a-week furlough days through July 21. The furlough days will start this Friday and continue through the summer.
The move is an attempt to save money ahead of the state's expected $3 billion budget shortfall.
“For Springfield Public Schools, that is the equivalent to $11.7 million that we would need to reduce our budget,” said Superintendent Todd Hamilton.
As a way to help staff through these cuts, the district applied for a state program called Work Share. If approved, the district would get access to federal money to fund employees’ salaries affected by the furloughs.