The Muscogee County School Board will meet today at 5 p.m. in the board room of the Muscogee County Public Education Center for its monthly work session.
During the meeting, the board will discuss proposed adjustments to this year's school calendar, to make up for budget cuts from the state.
The school district is anticipating a $4.8 million cut in funding from the state for the 2010 fiscal year. The reduction includes three days of salaries for the district, about $2 million.
To make up for the funding decrease, administrators are considering changing the school calendar for the rest of this year by taking away three work days for faculty and staff and adding 10 minutes onto each school day.
Under the proposed change, schools operating on a traditional calendar would be closed April 1, 2, and 30 and schools operating on a year-round calendar would be closed March 18 and 19 and May 28.
April 30 and May 28 are both inservice days, when students are not in school.
April 1 and 2 are the Thursday and Friday before Spring Break, which is now scheduled for April 5-9.
Unlike the three furlough days approved for teachers and administrators earlier this fiscal year, the work schedule adjustment would affect all employees, including cafeteria workers and bus drivers.
To make up for the lost instruction time, the school day would be extended an extra 10 minutes. Elementary students would take classes from 8:45 to 3:25, middle school students would take classes from 8:25 to 3:40 and high school students would take classes from 7:45 to 2:55.
The board will vote on the calendar adjustments during their board meeting on Feb. 16. If approved, the change will take effect on Feb. 22.