As the state budget crisis deepens, Columbus Technical College teachers and staff will be forced to take three furlough days this fall, President Bob Jones said Monday.
The three days of unpaid leave will be instituted throughout the Technical College System of Georgia.
Gov. Sonny Perdue has ordered all state agencies to prepare contingency plans for budget cuts of 4, 6 and 8 percent. The state already is withholding 5 percent of the agencies’ funding. Sluggish revenue collections could cause the state’s $18.6 billion budget to fall significantly short. Some projections show a shortfall of more than $1 billion.
At Columbus Tech, the furloughs will save about $60,000, Jones said.
“We have to try to do whatever the governor says do,” Jones said. “We were in a position where we probably could have gotten through it, but the order came down on everybody.”
All Columbus Tech fulltime employees will be affect, Jones said.
Columbus Tech’s three furlough days will be scheduled for the final week of August, September and October. Each week the college works four 10-hour days, Monday-Thursday, and is closed on Friday.
“We will work five eight-hour days those weeks and make sure nobody works more than 32 hours,” Jones said.The furloughs should not affect class schedules, Jones said.