Peach to cancel unpaid leave for teachers

FORT VALLEY — Peach County teachers were handed some good news Tuesday night: Their four-day furloughs have basically been revoked.

Susan Perry, Peach County schools director of finance, told school board members at its monthly meeting the county tax digest numbers came in higher than expected and the furloughs were able to be canceled.

“We estimated the furloughs would have saved us between $450,000 to $500,000, but now we don’t have to have them,” Perry said Tuesday. “That was the first thing we wanted, to take back those four days in the budget.”

On another financial front, the board of education approved resolutions seeking a continuation of the 1-cent special purpose local option sales tax and a list of capital outlay projects to be funded with the continuation.

The current SPLOST was approved by voters in September 2005 and will expire June 30, 2010. The resolution calls for a special election Sept. 15, and if approved, the SPLOST will continue beginning July 1, 2010.

The board hopes to raise nearly $12.5 million with the SPLOST continuation, and projects on the list will “repair, maintain and upgrade our infrastructure,” Superintendent Susan Clark said.

Proposed projects include $1.2 million to replace air-conditioning units at Peach County High, Byron Elementary and Fort Valley Middle schools; $4.5 million for planning for a new school district construction, site development and site acquisition; roof repairs, computer upgrades, renovated kitchens in all schools, tennis courts at Peach County High and resurfacing all parking lots at the schools.

To contact writer Jake Jacobs, call 923-6199, extension 305.