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No more furlough days for DCSS teachers

Ken Dyer Ken Dyer
For the first time in six years, Dougherty County teachers will have no furlough days.

The finance committee will present the nearly $124 million budget to school board members next week.

The system started with 10 furlough days in 2009. This past school year teachers had two.

Workers will also get step pay increases for the first time in eight years.

School officials say the tough decision to close Dougherty Middle School and Sylvester Road Elementary is now paying off.

"Because we made those tough decisions in the past we've seen the fruits of that right now. So I know they weren't popular decisions and our board had the courage to make those tough decisions because they could see that eventually it would pay off and I think you're seeing it's paying off right now," said Ken Dyer, the DCSS Associate Superintendent.

Two public hearings will be held to discuss the budget the week of June 15th. The board is expected to approve the final draft June 24th.

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