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Millwood Furloughs Chosen

District Layoffs Averted

Numerous anticipated layoffs were averted when the board of the Millwood Public School District opted to enact furloughs instead.

Numerous anticipated layoffs were averted when the board of the Millwood Public School District opted to enact furloughs instead.

Dozens of co-workers, including Supt. Cecilia Robinson Woods, agreed to take pay cuts to avoid the anticipated staff reductions.

Beginnin this week, the workers, which include certified and support personnel, will take the first of three scheduled furlough days. A furlough is a period of time when an employee is told not to come to work and is not paid.

The district also will be closed April 18 and April 25.

“It was not really a difficult decision for me because I knew what the alternative would be,” said Najah Hylton, a Millwood High teacher who chairs the English department. “I would rather take a little bit of a pay cut than have 11 people not have jobs.”

The move will save the northeast Oklahoma City district abou $40,000 per day.

Supt. Woods, who came up with the idea, said losing seven teachers and four paraprofessionals would have put a tremendous burden on the 1,000-student school heading into the state testing period.

“It’s never easy to give up dollars, but they saw it as being the least disruptive to students,” she said.

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