The state board of education has approved flexibility for one year for Georgia's school districts, paving the way for school systems to put teachers and other employees on unpaid leave.
The board voted Tuesday morning to allow districts to reduce the number of days the state requires educators to work each year. Educators currently are required to work 190 days.
School systems across the state are considering furloughs after Gov. Sonny Perdue announced last week he would withhold three days of state funding for salaries — about $2 million for Muscogee County. He requested that each school district furlough employees for three days prior to December 31 to reduce state spending. The state budget has a $900 million shortfall, and tax collections continue to drop.
No decision has been made yet on furloughing employees in the Muscogee County School District. The Muscogee County School Board voted Monday to move three in-service days to Dec. 21-23 to prepare for the possibility of furloughing employees.
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The district's director of communication Valerie Fuller said Tuesday that no decision has been yet to furlough employees in the 33,000-student district. Any decision to furlough would have to be voted on by the school board. No called meetings are scheduled at this time and the next board meeting is in August.
"We are weighing all options at the time. We have to look at everything," Fuller said.