San Mateo Daily Journal
Teachers and parents came out dressed in red to the San Bruno Park Elementary School District board meeting Wednesday night to demand the restoration of five school days.
District teachers agreed last year to take five unpaid furlough days to help the district when finances were tight, but now San Bruno Education Association members and parents are demanding the school board restore student education days to the district calendar. The district has $5 million in reserves and restoring the five days would only cost $250,000, according to a press release from the association. But, according to district officials, it would actually cost the district closer $400,000 to eliminate the furlough days for all employees. Some district funds are restricted for items like a state-mandated designation for economic uncertainty, said Superintendent David Hutt. Given that there is actually about $350,000 available and because it’s a function of the general fund, that amount of money has a lot of competing interests, he said.