alopez@macon.comMay 6, 2014 

Colton Carson and Payton Ogletree of Peach County High School sing the Bill Withers classic, "Lean on Me," at a Peach County school board meeting in Fort Valley. Photo and audio by Andres David Lopez

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FORT VALLEY -- The Peach County school board voted Tuesday night to add three instructional days to the 2014-15 academic year.

The state increased the budget for public schools for Fiscal Year 2015 compared to 2014 and Peach County’s share of that increase is $194,000, said Susan Perry, district finance director.

The plan is for that money to go toward paying staff for working 173 days instead of the 170 approved in March, said Jamie Johnson, board chairman.

The board voted 5-0 to adjust the calendar and worked late Tuesday to work out details in the budget.

Board members also unanimously approved a five-year-facility plan with no new building construction and no major changes. The district’s highest priority, according to the plan, will be renovations and modifications at Peach County High School. The plan calls for more than $6 million in construction in the next five years at the school.

Overall, the plan calls for $26 million in facility modifications and renovations in the district, of which about $8 million is expected to be covered by the state.

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