Cobb County School District teachers will be off work and each of the district’s 112 schools will be closed today, Friday and Monday for three of the five furlough days the school board approved to balance the $894 million fiscal 2014 budget. The furlough days were used to help eliminate a $86.4 million budget shortfall.
Teachers will return to school on Tuesday, Oct. 8, for a training day and students will be in class on Wednesday.
“While teachers are looking forward to some days off, no teacher is excited to have a day without pay,” said Connie Jackson with the teacher advocacy group Cobb County Association of Educators. “Teachers are tired of making less (money) every year. Furlough days are a painful reminder of lost pay.”
John Adams, who works with the teachers’ group Educators First, said on average teachers are losing about $300 a day when they are furloughed. That amount is split up over an educator’s 12-month pay period.
Brad Johnson, the district’s chief financial officer, said it costs about $3 million a day to run the school district.
These three furlough days will save the district about $9 million.
Other offices in the district will be open Thursday and Friday, but every Cobb Schools employee will be off Monday.
Students in Marietta City Schools will not attend classes Monday or Tuesday. The city system has issued these two days as professional learning days.