The board of Pittsburgh Public Schools tonight approved 36 new school-based furloughs, significantly less than last year when it furloughed 280 school-based employees.
The list includes nine school-based professionals and 27 paraprofessionals.
In addition, 12 school-based professionals who had been furloughed a year ago but were called back to temporary positions during the school year have been returned to furlough status.
There also are 20 paraprofessionals who were furloughed last year, returned to temporary positions and now are furloughed again.
The returns to furlough did not require a board vote.
There are still 19 school-based professionals who were furloughed last year and not placed in temporary or regular positions.
The record-setting furloughs last year were part of a cost-cutting move that involved closing seven schools. While district officials forecast running out of money in 2016, this year there are no school closings. The district is in an "envisioning" process aimed at developing a strategy for a sustainable future.
The nine new professional furloughs include one English teacher, two early childhood teachers, four early intervention specialists, one occupational therapy assistant and one physical therapy assistant.
Some of the cuts are due to the federal sequestration that is expected to cost the district more than $2 million in 2013-14. The district is closing six early childhood classrooms, resulting in a reduction of 18 positions, because of the federal spending cut.
Even with the furloughs, district officials expect to hire some new staff members to fill about 54 positions for which there are not candidates on the callback list.
Education writer Eleanor Chute: email@example.com or 412-263-1955.