Vote on high school schedule revisions expected

lgierer@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 16, 2014 

The Muscogee County School District administration building is at 2960 Macon Road.

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The Muscogee County School Board is expected to vote tonight on Superintendent David Lewis' proposal to move high schools from an eight-period to a seven-period schedule.

The motion was made at a work session last week.

The meeting is at 6 p.m. in the Muscogee County Public Education Center on Macon Road.

The district needs to cut $10 million from next fiscal year's budget because of decreased state funding. Lewis has estimated they can save between $4 million and $4.5 million by making the change because it would allow reduction of the high school staff by about 15 percent.

Lewis said he intends to do that through attrition and reassignments but can't guarantee there would not be layoffs.

Lewis said after a work session last week that if the board does not approve the change, there would likely be furlough days.

In other business:

• The Kendrick High School girls basketball team will be honored after winning the 2013-2014 state AA championship.

• Lewis has asked the board to approve the application to renew Reese Road Leadership Academy's five-year charter. The board was scheduled to vote on the application in February but the agenda item was pulled because members had some questions. Reese Road principal Pam McCoy was given time to come back with the answers.

• The board is expected to vote on the appointment of the school district's director of athletics Philip T. Stanfill to the City Recreation Advisory Board.

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