ALBANY ALBANY — No good deed goes unpunished, the Dougherty County School System learned Thursday.
On Wednesday, School Superintendent Joshua Murfree decided to show his appreciation to teachers and staff by having a shortened school day today.
Parents, however, were not pleased — particularly over the short notice — and let the school system know it through irate phone calls and emails.
Less than 24 hours after announcing the early release, Murfree sent out an email Thursday announcing that today would be a normal-length school day.
"I don't mind the teachers getting a break, but I'd like a little more advance notice," said one parent who called The Herald on Thursday. "I have two kids in elementary school and didn't have time to make arrangements for someone to watch them."
DCSS Public Information Director R.D. Harter also got a few phone calls and emails.
"Let's just say we heard the cry of the hard to handle," Harter said. "Dr. Murfree had this good-hearted thing come over him and wanted to show his appreciation of our teachers and staff."
The official release Thursday from the DCSS read: "The early release announced yesterday was intended as an appreciation for teachers and staff who work beyond expected contract hours, hosting school open houses and are routinely asked to stay after hours to handle the business of education. These professionals have lost 10 days pay the past two years as a response to the economic condition of our funding sources.Upon consideration of the hardship placed on some parents, the superintendent made the decision Thursday morning to rescind the shortened class day with apologies to the staff he intended to acknowledge."