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BoE schedules spring furloughs
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The Liberty County Board of Education has scheduled three furlough days for the spring semester. Schools and auxiliary district offices will be closed on Tuesday, Feb. 16 and Monday-Tuesday, March 15-16, Deputy Superintendent Cheryl Conley said.
No word has been given on whether, or how many, furlough days will be scheduled for the fall. “We’re hoping we won’t have any more,” Conley said.
The deputy superintendent said schools were given two options for furlough dates and chose the first option. Of the two scheduling options, principals chose the first option and this is what board members voted on in their workshop on Tuesday. They announced the dates at a meeting with principals Thursday.
Because all school services are suspended on furlough days, parents must come up with alternate child-care plans. Conley said for past furlough days, many parents have extended or added to the normal child-care they would otherwise
schedule for school holidays.
Board Chairwoman Lily Baker told a town hall meeting audience that board members hope to hear from the state legislature by mid-April if more days will be necessary. The state is currently addressing the budget, and a greater shortfall could mean more cuts to education funding.
The school board meeting that was originally scheduled for March 15 has been moved to Thursday, March 18. It will be held at 5 p.m. Conley said parents and teachers who can’t make the 5 p.m. meeting can access the minutes on the district’s Web site when they are posted.
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