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An elementary school principal was the highest-paid employee of the Rochester School District last year -- his $221,000 in total wages bolstered by cashing out $30,849 in unused vacation hours.
Principals, administrators and central office supervisory staff have, on average, cashed out 21 days -- roughly a full month's wages -- every year for the past three years.
This is no small matter for a district facing multiple performance challenges and a $42 million budget shortfall. Board of Education members agreed last week to close that gap in part by reducing vacation cashout.
There is no limit to how many hours these supervisory staffers can exchange, save for what they carry over and accrue in a given year. And they have cashed out in greater number, for more hours and more pay on average than other district employees, records show. Over the past three years, they accounted for an average $2.2 million of the district's $3 million annual payout for unused vacation.
Read more: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2014/05/11/vargas-wants-limit-vacation-windfalls/8944051/