Furloughs for employees of the Banks County School System was the topic of discussion for the board of education Monday night.
While the state has recommended that public school systems implement three furlough days, it’s not mandatory.
Superintendent Chris Erwin recommended to the BOE on Monday that the two days that have already been missed due to weather count towards two of the furlough days for certified employees (teachers, administration). He also suggested that a third furlough day be one of the post-planning days already scheduled.
In the event of additional severe weather before the post-planning day, that missed day would be substituted as the third furlough.
Erwin’s recommendation also include the board discussing options for classified employees (janitors, lunch staff and bus drivers).
An exact figure on the cost savings was unavailable during Monday’s meeting. Director of finance Mike Beasley said that he would get the figures to the board by next Tuesday’s meeting.
The Banks BOE will vote on the matter at the Feb. 16, BOE meeting, to be held at 7 p.m. at the board office.