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Vivian

Fitzgerald, GA

#1 Jul 25, 2012
Interesting comments in this weeks paper from candidates. Anyone read, or have any comment?
wow

Albany, GA

#2 Jul 25, 2012
There have been people cut at the board office.
Vivian

Fitzgerald, GA

#3 Jul 25, 2012
Out as in not there, or out as I people are visiting there?
Vivian

Fitzgerald, GA

#4 Jul 26, 2012
Did anyone ever hear what the financial expert suggested as cost cutting measures for the board or system, we're any of the guest ions followed?
Elem Parent

Sycamore, GA

#5 Jul 27, 2012
The Ocilla Star reported that the board elected to NOT go with the experts recommendations as far as cutting at the board office.

I think our children are being given two extra days off that are supposed to be school days so that the board can furlough teachers. Is this right? Where are there priorities? Isn't every day in the classroom important?
Vivian

Fitzgerald, GA

#6 Jul 27, 2012
There may be more days coming, from what I ve heard from some teachers. I like the idea of a four day week, off on Monday. Sounds like that would save a lot of money.

Are administrators and BOE people furloughed? Coaches? There is a game on a furlough day, whosegonnacoach.
uhh

United States

#7 Jul 27, 2012
Salary is almost 90% of the budget. The money is just not there due to budget cuts. Where do you suggest cuts be made? People say no furloughs but never suggest where to make it up. Better to furlough all a day or two then to eliminate a position and raise class size tremendously. Irwin County is one of the last surrounding areas to furlough. They held out as long as they could. Irwin also has much smaller class size than some surrounding areas.
wow

Albany, GA

#8 Jul 27, 2012
uhh, you are sooo right. There was a position cut at the board office anyway. I guess no one noticed that. I think some people would love to see all admins fired. Guess we should let the teachers go to every athletic event, work during the summer, schedule classes together. That'd be a true cat fight. I don't understand all of the whining about furloughs;Irwin hasn't taken half the hit other counties have. Maybe it has something to do with good leadership.
Truth

Sycamore, GA

#9 Jul 28, 2012
Aren't you paid extra salary and an additional supplement to do those things? I'm sure teachers would not mind pitching in with those duties if they were also paid what you are paid. I saw several teachers at my childs football and baseball games. they were there to support the students.

All schools are hurt by the current economy. It is not the time to take potshots at teachers as your post suggests. We have good teachers in Irwin County. I am proud my children have those teachers. Everyone has to pitch in, parents, board members, teachers, administrators, the community and even our children. I think everyone understands furloughs days as long as they are given to everyone in the system equally. Without our teachers, our system would crumble. Instead of putting them down and thinking they are not important how about praising them for a job well done. Remember where you came from. You were a teacher at one point.
What if

Kittanning, PA

#10 Jul 28, 2012
Teachers have not received a county supplement in many years. I believe the only county in the state that does not pay their teachers a county supplement. But administrators and those at the board office continue to receive a supplement from the county. So I ask this question: Why not use the county supplement administrators and those at the board office receive to cover teacher salaries? This county money could be used to make up the difference in teacher salaries that the state is not covering. If there was county money left after covering teacher salaries, then pay administration a supplement.
Question

Sycamore, GA

#11 Jul 29, 2012
Vivian wrote:
There may be more days coming, from what I ve heard from some teachers. I like the idea of a four day week, off on Monday. Sounds like that would save a lot of money.
Are administrators and BOE people furloughed? Coaches? There is a game on a furlough day, whosegonnacoach.
They are not furloughed? Is this a fact or rumor?
In the know

Ocilla, GA

#12 Jul 30, 2012
Question wrote:
<quoted text>
They are not furloughed? Is this a fact or rumor?
Yes administrators and Boe employees are furloughed
uhh

United States

#13 Jul 30, 2012
Ben Hill lost supplements a few years ago and has been furloughed up to 10 days.
What if wrote:
Teachers have not received a county supplement in many years. I believe the only county in the state that does not pay their teachers a county supplement. But administrators and those at the board office continue to receive a supplement from the county. So I ask this question: Why not use the county supplement administrators and those at the board office receive to cover teacher salaries? This county money could be used to make up the difference in teacher salaries that the state is not covering. If there was county money left after covering teacher salaries, then pay administration a supplement.
Bud Two

Fitzgerald, GA

#14 Jul 30, 2012
Yes, but who wants to work there?
uhh wrote:
Ben Hill lost supplements a few years ago and has been furloughed up to 10 days.
<quoted text>
Observer

Fitzgerald, GA

#15 Aug 2, 2012
Well, the furlough days have began for Ocilla schools, I guess. Anybody at work today?
Observer

Fitzgerald, GA

#16 Aug 2, 2012
Teachers. Any of you at work, working at home? Coaches coaching? Players playing? BOE working? Or is everybody home watching Olympic.
Taxpaying Parent

London, KY

#17 Aug 4, 2012
In the know wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes administrators and Boe employees are furloughed
I went to the elem school Thurs and was told teachers were furloughed Thurs and Fri. It was suggested that I go to the board office since teachers were not at work. Those people were working. So, no, board employees were not on furlough. Why?
FYI

Gray, GA

#18 Aug 4, 2012
. I teach and I worked. Principals were furloughed and some of them worked. At times you have to do,what you have to do. If you read the paper and not this trashy gossip,site, you would know anyone that makes over 20 k a year was furloughed.
Do know

Fitzgerald, GA

#19 Aug 4, 2012
Maybe they get to pick their furlough days since they dont teach?v. Or maybe they were making up sick days they have used, but need to repay. So the days don't count against there sickdays? Teachers and other people cannot do this. Who knows
Taxpaying Parent wrote:
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I went to the elem school Thurs and was told teachers were furloughed Thurs and Fri. It was suggested that I go to the board office since teachers were not at work. Those people were working. So, no, board employees were not on furlough. Why?
What if

Ford City, PA

#20 Aug 4, 2012
uhh wrote:
Ben Hill lost supplements a few years ago and has been furloughed up to 10 days.
<quoted text>
And your point is.....

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