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Furloughs not expected to disrupt USM-H classes

December 26, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

HAGERSTOWN -- Many employees at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown will be required to take furloughs, or unpaid leave this spring semester as a cost-saving measure, but that is not expected to disrupt classes, university system spokesman John Buettner said.

University system employees were not included in Gov. Martin O'Malley's executive order of Dec. 16 that requires certain other state employees to take furloughs to help balance the state budget, but each school in the university system is creating its own furlough plan to make up for a cut in state funding, Buettner said.

Faculty at the Hagerstown campus will follow their home institutions' furlough plans, and the campus' nine administrative staff members will follow Frostburg State University's furlough plan, USM-H spokeswoman Erin Harman said.

USM-H offers programs through Frostburg State University, University of Maryland-University College, University of Maryland-College Park, Towson University and Salisbury State University.

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Not all of the universities' furlough plans have been approved, but most are proposing a tiered system, with employees required to take from zero to six furlough days, depending on salary.

At Frostburg, the requirements range from one day for employees earning $30,000 or less to five days for employees earning $70,000 or more, Harman said. The president and all of the members of the executive committee have volunteered to take six days, she said.

All Frostburg employees must take March 16, the first day of spring break, as one of their days, Harman said. All of the USM-H institutions have spring break that same week, so it will not be a problem for USM-H administrative staff to take that day off, she said.

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