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Dougherty County schools may reduce furlough days by one

The Dougherty School System currently has five employee furlough days

Dougherty County School System Executive Director of Finance and Operations Ken Dyer, lshow in this file photo, told Dougherty School Board finance committee members Wednesday that finances will allow the reduction of a furlough day for employees. (Albany Herald file photo)

Dougherty County School System Executive Director of Finance and Operations Ken Dyer, lshow in this file photo, told Dougherty School Board finance committee members Wednesday that finances will allow the reduction of a furlough day for employees. (Albany Herald file photo)

ALBANY — Christmas just might be a little brighter for the more than 2,400 employees of the Dougherty County School System.

At a meeting of the DCSS Finance Committee this week, Director of Finance and Operations Ken Dyer reported that the System’s reserve fund held nearly $1.5 million more than it did at the same time last year and was pushing nearly $12 million total.

That led to a discussion of the DCSS dropping one of five employee furlough days before Christmas.

“I would certainly support and recommend the elimination of a furlough day if Mr. Dyer thinks we can handle it,” DCSS Interim Superintendent Butch Mosely said.

“Oh, I think we can handle it,” Dyer answered.

In June, the Board of Education reduced furlough days from six to five in its FY 2013-14 budget. Each furlough day saves the system approximately $500,000.

Mosely said that reducing furlough days by one-third over a six-month period shows that the district is beginning to pull out of its economic doldrums, adding, “I think it would be a nice Christmas present for our employees.”

The BOE has one meeting scheduled this month, that coming next Monday.

While no formal motion for discussion was made, Mosely and School Board committee members Carol Tharin and James Bush said removal of a furlough day would almost certainly come up during that meeting.