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Echols County Schools will furlough teachers

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

Statenville, GA (WALB) - Many of the school systems in South Georgia will furlough employees.

The Echols County School Board decided to have teachers, and administrative staff take unpaid days next Monday, Tuesday and January 4, 2010. The state is taking away $133,000 from the school system.

May not sound like much, but Echols County Superintendent Dr. Larry Allen says it's a lot for a small county and school system. He says they simply don't have the fund equity needed to get around furloughing.

"We just felt it was an economic thing," said Dr. Allen. "We didn't have the reserves to take it out of. If it's going to be taken from you, you end up being short funded and its going to be a difficult year this way."

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