Furlough closes Richmond County schools today

Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010 8:44 PM
Last updated Friday, Oct. 22, 2010 6:20 AM
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All Richmond County public school students get a day off today. So do teachers, support staff and administrators.

Today is a furlough day, giving district employees a three-day weekend, though that means they also are docked a day's wages for the extra time off.

This is the first of five furlough days, a cost-saving measure the school district adopted in these tough financial times. The other furloughs are scheduled for: Nov. 22 and 23 (which gives students and district employees the entire week of Thanksgiving off), Feb. 22 (making the President's Day weekend four days), and March 18.

The district was able to shave about $5 million off its operating expenses for fiscal 2010-11 with the five furlough days.

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mystery30815
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mystery30815 10/21/10 - 09:49 pm
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Try 8 days not 5.

Try 8 days not 5.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/21/10 - 10:19 pm
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I think a majority of the

I think a majority of the students will learn more on Friday than they did on Thursday or will on Monday.

bclicious
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bclicious 10/21/10 - 10:52 pm
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Just go to a 4 day school

Just go to a 4 day school week until things balance out financially.

beda706
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beda706 10/22/10 - 12:10 am
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I agree, a for day school

I agree, a for day school week would benefit. All the kids that want to learn will miss out on he extra day but the others could care less. A majority of kids go to school to socialize and look "cool" anyway

mary dits
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mary dits 10/22/10 - 02:10 am
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good idea. i think things

good idea. i think things are going great! four day school weeks, kids! maybe on fridays they can run a daycare.
you know what else is great in fours? four more years with deke! you guys, i'm bragging now, but, ok, he was on my show! right here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxpawbBES1E

ReformedRepub
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ReformedRepub 10/22/10 - 05:03 am
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You guys really think it's

You guys really think it's good to furlough our teachers? oh my God. You care more about your money than your childrens' educations. I hear nothing about administrative furloughs. It's time to eliminated these fools.

buddyg
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buddyg 10/22/10 - 05:53 am
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I AGREE WITH REFORMED

I AGREE WITH REFORMED REPUB.OUR TEACHERS ARE THE ONES WHO TRAIN THE WORLD.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 10/22/10 - 06:56 am
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I wonder how many teacher's

I wonder how many teacher's jobs could have been saved by the $800 million sent to africa to teach males to wash thier genitals and how many police jobs could have been saved by the $500 million sent to mexico to build an auto plant for G M.

sml1977
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sml1977 10/22/10 - 07:41 am
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wizzardx1, THANK YOU!

wizzardx1, THANK YOU! Instead of worrying about the wellfare of all these other countries, maybe it's time we worry about the welfare of our own.

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 10/22/10 - 07:52 am
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wizzard, this has very little
Unpublished

wizzard, this has very little to do with federal spending...it's the local school board you have to be worried about. the "stimulus" money would not have be given to the school district if it had not been spend, the schools get most of their federal money based on attendance levels, hence the reason richmond county allows disruptive, disrespectful, violent and dangerous students to remain in school. it is a shame and i feel for the teachers because they are the ones on the front lines charged with doing the almost impossible, attempting to teach the unteachable, uncaring and unappreciative students, then have to put up with crap from the sorry and trifling parents who only send their children to school just so they don't have to watch, feed or care for them. then the poor over-worked teachers have to put up with the crap send down by ms. cain and the others on the school board. then the school board feigns wonderment and false concern about low test scores, low graduation rates, high rates of violence and the failure of all traditional high schools to meet ayp, translating into the entire school district failing to meet ayp...what's your catch phrase ms. cain??? "for the children"...yeah right...i am going to gladly cast my vote against you and all others should also...remember the definition of insanity (in the case of ms. cain) voting to put her back in office again and again and expecting different results.......

double_standard
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double_standard 10/22/10 - 08:26 am
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Lifelong you thank no child

Lifelong you thank no child left behind for that. When will the people realize how much money is being wasted on this one piece of legislation but I guess since Obama wasn't behind it they really don't care.

justbeasy
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justbeasy 10/22/10 - 08:42 am
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I thought we had 8, but I was

I thought we had 8, but I was hoping something was changed that I didn't hear about.

mystery30815
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mystery30815 10/22/10 - 09:14 am
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Nope, it's still 8. And most

Nope, it's still 8. And most teachers I know are still spending today working on the tons of paperwork that keeps getting passed down, grading papers, and lesson plans, trying to find ways to engage students in the learning process.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/22/10 - 09:36 am
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Eight furlough days in a

Eight furlough days in a 10-month work year comes out to be about a 3% pay cut. That's not so bad. Eight furlough days in a 12-month work year (for the administrators) is a bit less of a pay cut on a percentage basis, but not by much.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/22/10 - 09:48 am
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Okay, the intrepid Chronicle

Okay, the intrepid Chronicle staff reporter gives the furlough dates as:

October 22
November 22
November 23
February 22
March 18

But our commenters still insist there are eight furlough days on the table. What are the other dates?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/22/10 - 09:50 am
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I remember back in the 1980s

I remember back in the 1980s that Richmond and Columbia County school systems always gave an October Friday off that co-incided with "student day" at the SC State Fair in Columbia. Is that what today is?

Chillen
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Chillen 10/22/10 - 09:56 am
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The official Richmond Co.

The official Richmond Co. School calendar shows 5 furlough days - the ones that the Chronicle provides. Possible that they've added more but not likely.

mystery30815
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mystery30815 10/22/10 - 11:02 am
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That's because those are the

That's because those are the 5 that affect the students. The rest are in pre and post planning.

peassistant
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peassistant 10/22/10 - 11:11 am
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Furlough days for Richmond

Furlough days for Richmond County are 8/3, 10/22, 11/22-23, 2/21-22 (21st is listed as a holiday), 3/18, 5/25

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/22/10 - 11:13 am
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Thanks for the comment,

Thanks for the comment, Mystery. Now, wasn't today always on the calendar as a fall holiday for the students to go to the fair, but originally a teacher "planning" day? If so, then today's "furlough day" did not affect students.

Are the three other pre- and post-planning days set days on the calendar, or can the teachers take them whenever they please? Also, what days do the administrative staff in the downtown office and the school offices take for the other three furlough days?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/22/10 - 11:14 am
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Thanks, peassistant. It

Thanks, peassistant. It would have been better if "Staff" had listed all eight days in the news story.

corgimom
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corgimom 10/22/10 - 10:30 pm
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I wonder how many adults can

I wonder how many adults can do 5 days worth of work in 4 days?

You can pay teachers or pay police officers and courts to handle the rise in juvenile crime when thousands of children are turned loose with no adult supervision. One or the other.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/22/10 - 10:50 pm
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I think I'll choose the

I think I'll choose the officers and courts.

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