The Jackson County School System is cutting out field trips this year and lowering hourly wages in a bid to do additional budget cutting.
In a called meeting board of education meeting Thursday night, superintendent Shannon Adams reported that the most recent cost-cutting measures include canceling all instructional field trips this school year, capping hourly wages at the minimum wage of $7.25 per hour and limiting out of system travel by staff to activities or events required by a program or grant.
In the only other business at the meeting, the BOE unanimously approved the furlough days recommended by Adams. The days will be: Wednesday, Aug. 5, which had been scheduled as a pre-planning day; Thursday, Oct. 15, which was to be a teacher work day; and Monday, Jan. 4, which was also scheduled as a teacher work day.
The reductions in pay will be spread over the entire year so that the impact on any one paycheck will be minimized, Adams said.