The Muscogee County School Board will meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the board room of the old Bradley Library on Bradley Drive.
During the meeting, the board will vote on a proposal to put all school district employees on three days of unpaid leave to compensate for state cuts to the district’s budget for salaries.
If approved, the furlough days for regular school employees will be Dec. 21, 22, and 23. The furlough days for employees at the district’s two year-round schools, Rigdon Road and Georgetown elementaries, will be Oct. 23, Dec. 18 and Feb. 11. The days were previously scheduled as in-service days, when teachers work but students are not in school.
The furloughs will not affect school-level food service workers, bus drivers, crossing guards and security because they do not work on in-service days.
The furloughs were proposed after Gov. Sonny Perdue notified superintendents across the state that he would withhold three days of salaries from districts.
The personnel funds provided to the school district have been reduced by about $2.18 million. The governor also cut the district’s QBE funding — the amount the district gets per student — by about $5.3 million. The cuts to Muscogee County schools total about $7.2 million.
The school board meeting is open to the public.