EIU president says 222 employees will have to take furlough

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Budget cuts at Eastern Illinois University now include furlough days for 222 employees.

The Mattoon Journal-Gazette and (Charleston) Times-Courier reports EIU President David Glassman sent a letter to the university community on Wednesday detailing the furloughs. Last month Glassman sent an email letting employees know that layoffs were possible in July.

The school has had budget troubles due to lower student enrollment. Glassman has said EIU’s fiscal year 2016 budget leaves the school with a deficit of between $12 million and $14 million.

Employees affected by furlough days are all administrative and professional workers. The number of days each employee must take will be determined on a sliding scale based on salary with higher-paid workers required to take as many as 14 furlough days.