St. Augustine’s announces layoffs, furloughs

The Associated Press

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RALEIGH – St. Augustine’s University is instituting layoffs and furloughs for its employees, which could save the cash-strapped school $1 million.

Interim President Everett Ward met with employees Thursday to announce the job restructuring. The move includes 10 percent of the work force moving to 10-month employment instead of year-round. Four percent of the university’s positions will be eliminated.

The university will furlough most employees for one week beginning July 7 after summer school ends. Some campus departments will alternate furloughs among employees to remain in operation. The employees moving to 10-month status will begin their schedule Thursday and come back to work Aug. 1.

Two federal agencies are reviewing how the school handles grants. A regional accrediting agency is looking at the school’s finances.