The Muscogee County School Board voted ‘yes' Monday night, approving a school calendar that will go easier on teachers' wallets; eliminating teacher furlough days.
In a unanimous vote the board approved the calendar proposed by Interim superintendent Dr. John Phillips.
Dr. Phillips explained that ever since the economy took a tumble, like so many other businesses, the Muscogee County School Board had to find places to cut back. One of those cutbacks were teacher furlough days; meaning teachers saw a pay cut, while students lost a day of learning. Dr. Phillips said to him that is unacceptable, and he is determined to keep teacher furlough days out of Muscogee County.
"I know I can make it work. Now, if something catastrophic happens, that we couldn't even envision then obviously within reason, we may not be able to do that," said Dr. Phillips.
Dr. Phillips added that he feels that by planning for no furloughs, along with a reasonable state budget, he can maintain the approved calendar. The new calendar provides 180 days of school for students, and 190 days for teachers. As of now, the 2013-2014 school year will begin on August 7th and end on May 23rd. The new calendar also means every school in the district will be on the traditional calendar. There are no more year-round schools in Muscogee County.