The Monroe County school system changed its 2010-11 school calendar last week, reducing it by 10 days for students, Superintendent Anthony Pack said.
The school board voted to change the calendar in light of $1.5 million in state budget cuts to the system, Pack said. Students will attend 170 days this coming school year instead of the typical 180 days. Employees will work fewer days as well.
“The days chosen were selected to minimize the impact on students and their opportunity for a high-quality education,” Pack said in a letter to parents. “Decisions made in Atlanta continue to cause significant reductions to funding for public education.”
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Bibb school board to vote on furlough days for teachers, principals
The Bibb County school board plans to hold a budget work session at 5:30 p.m. today to discuss the system’s 2010-11 budget.
The school system plans to vote Thursday on proposed employee furloughs in the 2010-11 school year in light of state budget cuts, which are affecting school systems across the state.
The proposal includes 12-day furloughs for most school system central office administration and high school principals and eight-day furloughs for classroom teachers.
Ron Collier, Bibb’s chief financial officer, said the system expects a $4.2 million state funding cut.
Houston school board updates its non-discrimination policy
The Houston County Board of Education unanimously voted to add the word “genetics” to its non-discrimination statement contained in several board policies primarily related to hiring.
The addition was made at the advice of the human resources department in response to a change in federal law, executive director for school operations James Kinchen said at the board’s work session last week.
The provision prohibits employers from discriminating against hiring someone who may be genetically prone to certain diseases, from the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008.
The board’s non-discrimination statement now reads: “The Houston County School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, genetics, national origin, disability, or sex in its employment practices, student programs and dealings with the public.”
Middle Georgia Tech sees continued enrollment boost for spring
Middle Georgia Technical College had a boost in spring quarter enrollment over last year, consistent with growth in the Technical College System of Georgia as a whole.
Spring quarter enrollment grew 29 percent at Middle Georgia Tech over last year. There were 2,906 students at the school at the same time in 2009, according to previous reports.
As a result, Middle Georgia Tech is the fourth fastest growing non-merging college in Georgia, according to a news release.
Spring enrollment at Georgia’s technical colleges rose to 107,269 students, up from 89,888 the year before. Growth at the schools is attributed to people looking to boost their skills in the current economy, officials said.
Much of this year’s growth came from students 40 years and older. Spring enrollment in that age group grew one-third within the Technical College System of Georgia to 19,015 students.
Compiled by Telegraph staff writers Andrea Castillo and Julie Hubbard.