Toombs Considers Shorter School Year
Saturday, 16 January 2010

January 16--  The Toombs County school board is considering a recommendation to shorten the school system's school year by a month to save money.

School Superintendent Dr. Kendall Brantley proposed the change at the school board's January meeting.

"The number one reason we're taking the action is because of anticipated budget cuts.  We could save roughly $111,000 in maintenance costs for our buildings, primarly $60,000 in electric costs and also the costs of running school buses for 20 extra days, those are the two major cost-savers," he said.

Toombs County students would start school next school term on September 7, the day after Labor Day and would end the school year on May 20.  Dr. Brantley says there would be no reduction in academic instruction time.

"We've adding 45-minutes per day and that will give the students all the instruction necessary to keep them at a high achievement level," he reports.

The shorter school term will not impact teacher salaries, but will effect the pay of school bus drivers and lunchroom workers.

The proposal is expected to be voted on by the school board at its meeting in February.

The school board also applauded Lyons Primary School for winning a Gold Award from the Governor's Office of Student Achievement and re-elected Duane Tomlin as vice-chairman.

Dr, Brantley informed the board he is continuing to get input on the design of the new Toombs County high school regarding academic, vocational and athletic facilities.  He says at some future time, when more sales tax money is available, he expects an athletic complex to include a new football and baseball field will be built at the high school location to replace Booster Stadium and Jackie Jones Field.

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