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School officials try to end furlough days

Kenneth Dyer, Executive Director for Finance and Operation Kenneth Dyer, Executive Director for Finance and Operation
Darrel Ealum, School Board Member District 6 Darrel Ealum, School Board Member District 6
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

It's going to be tougher for Dougherty County school officials to end furlough days than they hoped.       

School system's will get more money from the state to make up for several years of cuts, but new projections show Dougherty County's net gain will only be $222,000. That's far short of the $3.5 million the system needs to give teachers step pay increases and cut out this school year's four furlough days.  

"We're going to make some decisions on our priorities and look at some programs that may have had in the past that may not continue. We got to look at that as well as some other options that the board may have to them," said Kenneth Dyer.    

"It'll be like a real raise for them. They deserve it, so I'm just really excited and I really believe we're going to be able to do this," said Darrel Ealum.       

Dougherty County schools will get $ 3.3 million to make up for austerity cuts, but the system will actually lose most of the extra money through the state's complex school funding formula because Dougherty County's tax base increased slightly while the state's as a whole went down.

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