Muscogee County School superintendent Susan Andrews has announced that she will make a recommendation to the school board during their August meeting that all district employees take three days of unpaid leave in December.
In a letter to school district employees released Thursday morning, Andrews said that all employees that usually work in-service days will not work and will not get paid on the in-service days scheduled for Dec. 21, 22 and 23. This includes all employees except food service workers, bus drivers and security officers, who do not work in-service days. In-service days are usually work days for teachers, but students do not come to school.
If the board approves Andrews recommendation during their August meeting, each employees salary will be diminished by three days. The reduction will be spread out over the checks each employee receives throughout the year.
"As always, in tough times and in crisis, educators are asked to step to the plate and be a part of the solution," she writes. "By participating in this furlough, we are again doing our share to help. It is not pleasant. It hurts to do this; but, I know educators. We will do this and protect our classroom time, our students, and will move forward as the warriors that we are."
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