Richmond County School Board addressing furlough days

The Richmond County School Board will hold a called meeting at 4 p.m. today to discuss the issue of teachers and counselors taking time off in light of a pay decrease this year equivalent to five furlough days.

Louis Svehla, spokesman for the Richmond County School System, said Superintendent Dana Bedden will offer a recommendation to the board today on when such workers can take time off. Mr. Svehla said he's not sure how many days that might involve.

Mr. Svehla said that initially when teachers had their pay cut there was discussion that at a later date officials would look at giving teachers time off.

Since then, Dr. Bedden has allowed teachers to cut their day short 15 minutes. Now. Mr. Svehla said the school system is readdressing its earlier discussion of allowing more time off.

"There has always been a plan to find ways to allow them to take off," he said.

Earlier in the year, he said there was uneasiness as to whether more cuts might be coming from the state. Now, he said some uneasiness remains, but officials feel they're in a better spot to offer more time off.

Also at today's meeting will be a discussion of school bus driver furloughs and a personnel grievance hearing. Today's meeting is at the school board's meeting room on Broad Street.

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