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Muscogee Co. Schools approves adjusted work schedule

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  It seems as though members of the Muscogee County School Board are between a rock and a hard place.

The district is facing a reduction in the number of calendar days its thousands of employees work.

This is different than furlough days which affected about 4,000 school district employees.

This adjusted work schedule will impact everyone across the district, more than 6000 people-including teachers, bus drivers, janitors, cafeteria workers and school security.

Officials say it's days without pay but not jobs lost.

"It's necessitated because the Governor has cut our budget considerably and we've been struggling with how to accommodate the budget cuts. In eight years, we've been cut some $53 million- it's enormous. We've done without having to lay anybody off and we're trying to maintain that as a policy," said school board member Cathy Williams.

As for the state's policy, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Education released this statement to News Leader 9 Tuesday:

"This new law provides local school systems with the power to adjust their calendars as long as students still receive 180 days of instruction, or its equivalent. It is up to each local school system how they manage that," said Sue Goodman.

And in Muscogee County, here's how they'd do it:

Traditional schools would be off April 30th, May 21st, and May 24th.

Year-round schools would be off April 30th, June 10 and June 11th.

That's three days without pay but seems the School Board's choices are limited.

"Some districts are having to lay off teachers and we want to avoid that at all costs," Williams' added.

The vote is taking place Tuesday night at the school board's meeting at the Muscogee County Public Education Center.

The board needs a majority vote for the adjusted calendar to be implemented.

News Leader 9 will bring you the outcome.

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