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Richmond County school board expected to discuss possibility of furlough days for 2012-13 school year

Board of Education expected to discuss budget at meeting

Monday, March 12, 2012 5:24 PM
Last updated 10:48 PM
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Barbara Pulliam gets questioned at church, at community meetings and when she’s pushing a cart in the grocery store. Teachers are feeling the effects of the nine furlough days implemented this year and want answers about what’s in store for next year, said Pulliam, a Richmond County Board of Education member.

“A lot of teachers are concerned whether there will be more furlough days,” she said. “They want to know are they still going to have furlough days, will they be minimized, will they be at zero, will there be more?”

School board members will discuss the potential for furlough days for the 2012-13 school year at their regular committee meeting today. Pulliam said that because it is early in the budget process, the discussion might not provide definite answers, but she wants to get the conversation started.

Richmond County implemented nine furlough days this year to alleviate a $23.6 million state funding cut. They work out to an average loss of $2,476 for instructors, fewer training days for teachers and less class time for students.

Acting Superintendent James Whitson said the furloughs were a last resort after the system cut back several items and took $10 million from reserves.

Pulliam said she wants the district staff to look at cutting other items from the budget, possibly to restore the furlough days.

Other items to be discussed today include selection of architectural firms for the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax phase IV projects, principal of the new Richmond County Career Technical Magnet School, class size waiver, Georgia prekindergarten program update and addition of physical education courses.

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clumber
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clumber 03/12/12 - 06:50 pm
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If the BOE cut out the fat

If the BOE cut out the fat and useless waste, there would be abundant funds. Start at the BOE office.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/13/12 - 08:20 am
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Furloughs are disruptive to

Furloughs are disruptive to the schedule. They need to forget this silly notion of furloughs and instead just cut teacher and administrative pay 5%!

It's for the children.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/13/12 - 08:22 am
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Make that 5% this year and an

Make that 5% this year and an additional 5% next year.

Concerned Tax Payer
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Concerned Tax Payer 03/13/12 - 09:26 am
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This may sound good to some,

This may sound good to some, but what about the teachers that have a family to feed, cloth and house. Food has gone up, clothing cost have risen and many are struggling to make their mortgage each month. Lets not get started on the price of gas to get to work to make less money.
The Board members need to look at ways to cut cost. They need to ask the employees for suggestions on ways to cut cost, not the upper management. The employees doing the work and not making decisions probably know more about waste than the upper management.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 03/13/12 - 10:05 am
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In FY2011, to whom did the

In FY2011, to whom did the RCBOE write checks totalling $608,000?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/13/12 - 10:16 am
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I don't know. Could it be

I don't know. Could it be the Fletcher law firm?

da-realist
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da-realist 03/14/12 - 07:17 am
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Right on little lamb. Start

Right on little lamb. Start at the Boe office and cut all these bosses supervising bosses. Secretaries with secretaries that work for the same administrator. The board is top heavy with $100k plus salaries. people that do absolutely nothing. But the ones like myself that do the work and teach kids get our salary hit hard. If I had a 100k salary a furlough wouldn't matter.

Louis E. Svehla
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Louis E. Svehla 03/14/12 - 10:16 am
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Just so everyone has the same

Just so everyone has the same information. There are approximately 5,000 total employees in the system. There are currently 21 employees that make over 100K. That is .42% of the workforce.
In addition, seven of those are principals. Of the fourteen that are left, only seven of those make over 107K. In addition, the daily payroll for the entire system is approximately $1M. If you cut the salary of all employees salary that make over 100K by 50%, you would only eliminate 1 furlough day. Maybe it is just me, but that sure doesn't address the full financial problem when you were initially looking at 10 days for the current year.

Also, when there is a furlough day, everyone takes it. No one is immune. For a 248 day employee that makes 100K, that is $403/furlough day. For the average teacher, the cost is $247/day based on a 190 day contract.

Also, there was an optional day that was funded for a grant where employees could work on a set aside furlough day and receive pay. That would take the total number of furlough days to 9 for those that decided to work. Given that option, the majority of employees chose not to participate.

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