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Tift Schools announce new calendar

Patrick Atwater, Tift County Superintendent Patrick Atwater, Tift County Superintendent
TIFT CO., GA (WALB) -  A boost to the Tift County Schools General Fund is allowing the system to add a school day back on the calendar.

Students will go to class 180 days and teachers will work 187 days.

Many school districts implemented furloughs and cut class days. Tift County Superintendent Patrick Atwater says the state is now depositing the automobile ad valorem taxes directly into schools' General Funds which they can use for salaries which cost his system about $250,000 a day.

"Many school systems across the state have really been struggling as had Tift County, but we focused on instruction, and we are excited to add the day back and be willing to work with those who had plans made in advance," said Patrick Atwater, Tift County Superintendent.

Atwater says in recent years, School employees' work year was cut to as low as 184 days.

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