7 Fort Benning schools to close in September during teachers furloughs

benw@ledger-enquirer.comMay 23, 2013 

Six elementary schools and one middle school at Fort Benning will be closed up to five days in September as teachers take furloughs in the Department of Defense Education Activity.

The furloughs will impact some 11,000 educators throughout the department working in the nine-month category, said Marilee Fitzgerald, director of the DoDEA.

“We just delivered the proposed furlough notices to employees on Tuesday,” Fitzgerald said. “I think what you will see now is principals working with teachers and families.”

The local impact of furloughs on teachers come a week after Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced on May 14 that the department is moving forward with furloughs for civilian employees beginning July 8. Because teachers have to be notified 30 days before a furlough starts, they will miss up to five days sometime in September.

Christy Cabezas, superintendent of schools for the Georgia/Alabama District which includes Fort Benning, Fort Rucker near Dothan, Ala., and Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala., declined to comment on teachers furloughs. She referred questions to the department in Washington.

Fitzgerald said 84,000 children, including 24,000 in U.S. schools, will be impacted at 194 schools worldwide. During the 2012-2013 school year, Fort Benning is serving 2,831 children, said Elsie Jackson, a public affairs spokeswoman.

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