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January 21--  Teachers in Montgomery County will be working four more days this school term.

The Montgomery County school board added two student days and two post-planning days to this term's calendar at its meeting Monday night.  School Superintendent Randy Rodgers said savings on energy and transportation helped find the money to eliminate the four furlough days.

"That gets us to the point where we are only having one day of furlough this year because our certified staff is currently being paid on a 185-day basis and this four days will make it 189," he said.

The student days are February 13 and March 6 while the faculty only days are May 22-23.

Next year could even be better for Montgomery County school employees.  Rodgers figures Governor Nathan Deal's proposal to restore some funding cuts to the public schools will equate to a $214,000 plus up for Montgomery County.

"We've been in a bad situation in this country and this state and we've had to do better with less.  I'm just proud that our governor sees fit to put money back into education.  He has been promising to do that and I can honestly say that Governor Deal is doing what he said he would do when he was able to do so, " Rodgers noted.

In other actions at its January meeting, the Montgomery school board:

*  Accepted a $75,000 donation from Dr. Joe Brogdon to pave and stripe the high school track with the provision that it be named the Coach Mayes Dobbins Track and Field Facility and that the track be named in honor of former student track star Curtis Ryals.

*  Named the architectural firm of James Buckley Associates of Swainboro to assist with developing a five-year facilities plan at no charge.

*  Agreed to accept bids to remove an abandoned house on school property at the corner of College and Brewer Streets in Mount Vernon.

*  Approved an agreement with Montgomery County and its municipalities for the school system to act as fiscal agent of a $50,000 county recreation department budget.

*  Okayed the same board meeting schedule as in 2013 except for February which will be held Tuesday, February 18 at six p.m.

Rodgers also informed the board a $250,000 tax anticipation loan has been repaid and that $620,000 in local property taxes have been collected.  He says that represents 41% of local taxes due to the school system.