No furloughs in approved 2013-14 school calendar

The Muscogee County School Board has approved a school calendar for the 2013-2014 school year which has classes beginning on August 7 and ending on May 23. The calendar calls for 180 instructional days for students and 190 days for teachers with no furlough days.

The vote was taken at a meeting Monday, Feb 18 in the Muscogee County Public Education Center.

Interim Superintendent John Phillips Jr. said last week that the furlough-free budget is based on indications from state officials that the education budget will remain flat. He does not expect any more cuts.

"It's a good calendar," he told the board tonight.

It was approved by a 9-0 vote.

All schools in the MCSD will be on the traditional calendar. There are no more year-round schools.

With another 9-0 vote, Pam McCoy, the school district's Title I director, was approved as the new principal at Reese Road Leadership Academy where she taught in 1995. She replaces Jeanella Pendleton who retired.

Speaking to the board, McCoy said she "sees hope in every child."

"I am so grateful, so honored to be able to serve our children," McCoy said.

In other business, the board awarded a contract to Holbrook Service Company of Columbus for the replacement of an inoperable chiller at Spencer High School. Holbrook's low bid was $126,166.Holbrook was also given a $46,l499 contract to make significant repairs to a cooling tower at Columbus High School.

Strack Inc. of Fairburn, Ga., was awarded a contract of $604,000 to replace a deteriorated storm water piper that runs under Kinnnett Stadium.