A concern that the Jackson County School System could return to a deficit budget has led district officials to keep all of its scheduled 10 furlough days for employees this school year.
Superintendent Shannon Adams told district employees in a memo last week that the school system will keep the 10 furlough days — after recent talks of possibly eliminating one or more of the cost-savings days in the wake of a better-than-expected county tax digest.
Adams explained in an e-mail to MainStreet Newspapers on Friday that the decision to keep all of the furlough days stems from the district’s efforts in 2009-2010 to pull out of a $908,600 deficit. The school system pulled out of that deficit in a relatively short time, in part because of layoffs, closing its Regional Evening School and other cost-cutting measures.
“We exerted a lot of ‘financial energy’ to eliminate the budget deficit,” Adams wrote. “We accomplished the task in about half the time that the (Georgia Department of Education) would ordinarily predict in good financial times. We did not want to fight that battle again.”
The Jackson County School System plans to stay out of another deficit budget by maintaining a healthy fund balance, he added.