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Valdosta schools to take three furlough days

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –Valdosta City schools will take three furlough days this Spring Semester, but school leaders don't like it.

To make up for instructional time lost, they'll add 10-minutes to each school day from February 8th through the end of the school year.

Superintendent Dr. Bill Cason says with more state budget cuts, the system has no choice but to add more furlough days.

He says he symphathizes with teachers who are losing pay, especially those hit twice because their spouses work in the school system.

"I know we're in an economic crisis but I just wish the governor had looked at his contingency budget and continuation budget to try and find additional money so we wouldn't have to do this," said Dr. Cason.

The first furlough day, a teacher in-service day, is February 16th.

The next unpaid days are May 26th and 27th.

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