UPDATED 8 p.m. | LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish School Board voted 6-1 Thursday night to freeze all salaries for the 2011-2012 school year and eliminate three work days in a bid to cut costs from the financially-strapped system.

The moves mean that some employees will not receive scheduled step raises and will be paid for three less days in the upcoming year, Spear said.

The two cuts would account for savings of approximately $3.7 million over the next year, according to School Board news release.

The cuts are necessary to avoid layoffs, Superintendent Bill Spear said in a news release.

Buddy Mincey, was the lone dissenting vote. Board members Milton Hughes and Keith Martin were absent.

The vote came at the end of nearly a 40-minute discussion, during which Mike Curtis, an employee with the Board’s sales tax office, asked the Board if they were comfortable voting for the recommendation without having seen next year’s sales tax projections and having only seven of nine members present.

Spear responded by asking the system’s business manager, Terry Hughes, if she was comfortable with the numbers presented. She was, she said.

The days and raises could be restored if funds became available, Spear said.

Board member Sid Kinchen asked that the motion be amended to prioritize the return of the step raises, which the Board accepted.