The Muscogee County School District expects to save about $150,000 by reducing its hours of operations this summer and during the week of Thanksgiving, Valerie Fuller, the district's communications director announced in a news release.
Monday was the first day of the modified summer schedule, which will run through July 18. All schools and all division offices will be closed Fridays during that period. They will be open Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Last year was the first time the district's schools were closed Fridays during the summer. This year, the division offices have been added to the modified schedule.
The district also will close all schools and division offices during the week of Thanksgiving, which is Nov. 24-28 this year. Previously, administrators and other division staff would work the Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week. Now, all district offices will join the schools in being closed the whole week.
The modified summer and Thanksgiving week schedules don't apply to Muscogee County's public libraries and the Columbus Museum, which are semi-autonomous entities the school district owns and operates.
Sharon Adams, the districts chief financial officer, said last years modified summer schedule with only the schools closed Fridays saved the district about $27,000.
Employees still work 40-hour weeks in the modified schedule. They work four 10-hour days instead of five 8-hour days.
Mark Rice, 706-576-6272. Follow Mark on Twitter@MarkRiceLE.