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Dougherty teachers face more furloughs

Another tight budget year, has the Dougherty County School System looking at a maximum of 10 furlough days for teachers next school year.

School leaders say they're still waiting for Governor Nathan Deal to sign the budget giving them a better idea of what funding they will receive. They're already expecting cutbacks in transportation and school nursing funds.

School officials say they couldn't wait any longer to set the calendar year and planned for 10 furlough days.

"We've managed so far to do it with out, just through attrition, we've not cut anybody's position, whether that's going to be true this year, we just don't know, but that's our goal," said Robert Lloyd, DCSS Exec. Director, Finance, & Operational Services.

Dougherty County Schools are expected again to file for a class size waiver asking the state to allow three more students in kindergarten though second grade classrooms to help. They'll also use attrition as a way of saving some funds.

A three million dollar Education Jobs Act grant the school system received last year will help offset some of the losses.

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