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Fayette BOE to employees: no more furlough days this year

It took little discussion Tuesday night for the Fayette County Board of Education (BOE) to vote unanimously to forego imposing any additional furlough days on school system employees for the duration of the school year that ends June 30.

The board agreed with the recommendation of Superintendent John DeCotis in not imposing the furlough days even if state funding is cut.

DeCotis said his recommendation was based on the hard work by school system staff, adding that there is still no word on what the Georgia General Assembly might do about withholding funds that would otherwise lead to furlough days being imposed in many school systems.

Board member Bob Todd before the vote gave his rationale for holding off on additional furlough days.

“I think we’ve done all we need to do to the employees. So I don't want anymore furlough days,” Todd said.

Board Chair Terri Smith agreed, saying she did not know how in good conscience the board could impose any additional days.

As for the Fayette County BOE, board members were willing to absorb this year’s furlough days and take there chances next year. The decision came after DeCotis earlier in the meeting said the shortfall beginning July 1 could amount to as much as $17 million. Absorbing the likely cuts by the general assembly will leave the school system with an estimated fund balance of nearly $15 million on June 30.

“We want to work through the budget and see how much we can reduce,” DeCotis said of the budget preparation that is already underway.

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How many furlough days have employees already been asked to take? Over what period?

three days in the first half of the school year.

opusman's picture

Along with a roughly 4.5% paycut.....

"Invincibility lies in the defense. The possibility of victory in the attack."
SUN TZU

opusman's picture

Along with a roughly 4.5% paycut.....

"Invincibility lies in the defense. The possibility of victory in the attack."
SUN TZU

by Ben Nelms.
I can not decipher exactly what this report means to say other than "no more furlough days this school year. However there are only 4-5 weeks left in the school year and it would seem to be a little late to not already know that.

Now the rest is somewhat confusing---no, totally confusing. Mr. Decotis said he recommended no more furlough days in the next few weeks due to the "hard work" the staff has done???

Mr. Todd's rationale is "that we have done all we need to do to the employees." And Terri Smith said, "how in good conscience" can we do more to them??

I thought the deal was making budget! Isn't that like saying that we won't make any cuts or reductions to employees, we will just charge it to the taxpayers?

It was also stated (by the board---I assume no others could speak, that we would be 17 million short of funds assuming no more state fund cuts, but that would leave a 15 million balance in the funds???? Strange! Also, they will "absorb" the loss---is that the short part or the balance part?

Board also said they would work through the budget (again, I presume) and see how much more it could be reduced! Don't know what that means.

Apparently they will simply wait and see what happens for next year... when most already know they will be even shorter.....but,maybe with a bigger "balance?"

I guess some don't want to leave town on a rail.

Seems it would be simpler to just reduce the budget to the income. No time to raise taxes which is what the waiting must be about.

Did they discuss cutting sports at this meeting? It was on the agenda. Why does the Citizen not report this?

Yes they discussed cutting sports. I believe the recommendation is to do away with middle school sports and have kids play them at the rec level. 8th graders will be able to play jv at the high school level (if the board changes their current policy, which does not allow it). JV sports will have limited busing & booster clubs will have to foot most of the busing expenses. It's only the beginning I am sure. The minutes from the meeting will be limited, if ever posted & people can't make the meetings, so everyone finds out much later what has been cut.

opusman's picture

No board member discussed cutting sports. However there are discussions about supplements for coaches and how to allocate/adjust those amounts

"Invincibility lies in the defense. The possibility of victory in the attack."
SUN TZU

Yes they discussed cutting sports. I believe the recommendation is to do away with middle school sports and have kids play them at the rec level. 8th graders will be able to play jv at the high school level (if the board changes their current policy, which does not allow it). JV sports will have limited busing & booster clubs will have to foot most of the busing expenses. It's only the beginning I am sure. The minutes from the meeting will be limited, if ever posted & people can't make the meetings, so everyone finds out much later what has been cut.

opusman's picture

No discussion on cutting MS sports.

"Invincibility lies in the defense. The possibility of victory in the attack."
SUN TZU

This move is nothing more than DeCotis committing his final screw-up before he hits the exit. You don't have to be an accounting expert to know that taking potential cuts off the table BEFORE the state budget is final isn't a bright idea.

So what's the plan if the state cuts hit us deep in the pockets? It looks like it's the wholesale elimination of many school programs. I can't believe enough people were stupid enough to reelect Smith and Smola. There's not a half of a brain between them.

grassroots's picture

They just want to confuse. See 'They Spend What? at SPLOSTPOLL.com
and recent superintendent resigns of misuse of funds...SPLOST Funds.

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