'Sick days' putting strain on Fort Zumwalt School District's budget

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Posted on January 10, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 10 at 6:11 PM

 (KMOV) – For many workers, you lose your “sick days” if you don’t use them.  But the Fort Zumwalt School District is dealing with hundreds of thousands of dollars in payouts to teachers who have not used their sick days.

 
The Fort Zumwalt School District anticipated a $500,000 deficit at the beginning of the school year, but discovered the deficit is now $3 million after checking it in December.
 
The major reason for the increase in the district’s deficit is because of the sick days that teachers are allowed to cash-in upon retirement.
 
Fort Zumwalt Superintendent Bernie Dubray says the district budgeted for some of those teachers who were expecting to retire, but many more retired than planned.
 
Other teachers were due more money in their sick leave reimbursement because of long-term employment. 
Retirees in the Fort Zumwalt School District can either take the money in a lump sum or several payments throughout the year.
 
The school district had to pay $300,000 in sick leave reimbursement for retired teachers so far in the 2011-2012 school year. 

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