Gov. Sonny Perdue mandated Tuesday that every state employee must take three days of furloughs by the end of the year. His decision comes in a compromise with legislators to avoid a special budget session to deal with the state’s deficit.
Polk School District is facing another huge cut in state funds, totaling an estimated $1.2 million.
Superintendent Marvin Williams met with Polk County principals Thursday to discuss options that would avoid slashing into instructional time.
Perdue left the decision to local districts whether or not staff would take the furloughs or each system would fund the salaries with local tax monies.
The board is scheduled to have two public hearings on the millage rate, one at 10 a.m. and the other at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 28. The board will have a special session July 28 at 6 p.m. in the central office for strategic planning.
It is expected they will also hear the superintendent’s recommendations for the furloughs at that time as well.