In a move that does not require a vote of the Board of Education, Winston-Salem-Forsyth County Schools Superintendent Beverly Emory will put in place a stricter workers comp program designed to get employees back to work back to work sooner.

WSFCS attorney Al Tomberlin told the board’s policy committee that WSFCS’ current workers comp program is costing the district thousands of dollars. An extreme example (emphasis mine):

There are currently 26 district employees who have been receiving worker’s compensation for more than a year. At least one employee has not been back to work in more than a decade. Continuing to provide their medical, dental and life insurance coverage is costing the district more than $150,000 each year. Emory said it’s a price the district can’t afford to keep paying.

Vacation might over —- the policy changes aren’t retroactive —-yet.