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Schools work to decide how they'll handle furloughs

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Teacher furloughs in Sumter County will begin this Friday as other districts try to decide how they'll handle the three-day furloughs ordered by the governor.

Tuesday the state Board of Education voted to allow districts to fall short of the 190 days the state normally requires educators to work each year.

At Lake Park Elementary Tuesday, many teachers worked to get their classrooms ready for the start of school next week despite not knowing when they'll be forced to take unpaid days off. Officials in Dougherty County said the furlough days won't affect the time students spend in the classroom.

"Although our board will take action on the furloughs tomorrow every attempt is being made for it not to affect and we don't have any expectation of it affecting classroom days, that students will still attend 180 days classroom," said R. D. Harter, DCSS Public Information Officer.

Dougherty County's School Board meets Wednesday morning at nine. The Lee County School Board will make their decision on how they'll handle the furloughs during their meeting at 1:30 PM.

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