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The Cleveland schools will consider ordering furloughs or wage cuts for about 650 nonunion employees.

Chief Executive Officer Eugene Sanders is leaning toward making the employees, including top administrators and principals, take off five to 12 days without pay, spokesman John Hairston said Friday. Hairston said he believes employees will have to take the furlough before the start of the school year.

The cuts would reduce wages by roughly 2 percent to 5 percent but prevent layoffs.

“Our goal is to be fiscally responsible while minimizing the impact on the classroom experience,” Sanders said in an email. “We cannot compromise the education of our students just because they happen to be going through the system at one of the most challenging economic times in our nation’s history.”

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Article courtesy cleveland.com

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