Saturday, May 18 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:48:01 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:58:09 GMT
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer CoalitionMore >>
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer Coalition of Southwest Georgia.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:44:12 GMT
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months. About 2,000 workers at the Albany base will have to take up to 11 unpaid days off in the next fiscal year that startsMore >>
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:43 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:43:28 GMT
The Rat Pack came back to Albany Friday night. Sinatra and Friends performed at Doublegate Country Club to raise money for the Albany Symphony Association. The guys who play the roles of Frank Sinatra,More >>
People danced the night away to Frank Sinatra tunes.More >>
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) – South Georgia school systems are making more immediate budget cuts as they wait to find out how much money they'll lose from the state for next school year.
As more furlough days are set, some teachers worry about layoffs.
Lowndes County School leaders are working to avoid that.Every teacher in the Lowndes County School System received a letter from Superintendent Steve Smith Monday night about more budget cuts.
A portion of it says they have cut $11 million from the current budget for the next school year.
"We're looking at a reorganization plan a reduction of staff," said Lowndes County Schools Public Relations Director Lynne Wilson. "We are hoping to be able to take care of that reduction in staff through attrition and retirement program."
As an incentive for those able to retire the superintendent and the board approved a retirement incentive program of 10 percent.
As for furloughs, when the governor's mid term budget came in they had to make adjustments.
The school board approved three furlough days this semester. They say this will make up for the $650,000 they must cut this school year.
Wilson says instructional time is not lost because each grade exceeds the amount of instructional time the state requires in each school day.
The Georgia Association of Educators advocates for school system employees. LeeAnn Turano says their President suggested creating a Tax Examination Economic Development and Funding for Public Schools Commission to go to the capitol.
"It looks at the taxation and how we tax big corporations, and looking at the tax incentives the corporations get, because we know that tax money in turn is what goes towards our school budgets," said Turano.
She says they want to know where the money is going because they want education fully-funded.
The additional furlough days for Lowndes County this school year were set for February 16th, May 20th, and Friday May 21st.