WABE News
7:00 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Walton School Superintendent Gives Employees Furlough Choice

More than 70% of the full-time employees in Walton County’s school system voted to take furlough days this year, even though they didn’t have to.

Walton County School Superintendent Gary Hobbs
Walton County Schools Superintendent Gary Hobbs
Credit Walton Co. Schools

The Walton County school system started this school year with no furlough days scheduled.

But, as budget numbers came in, the 2013-14 school year was looking grim with a projected need for at least four furlough days.

Rather than go back on what he considered to be a promise to employees, superintendent Gary Hobbs decided to ask them what they wanted to do: take some furlough days this year or take more next year.

“We had 72 percent that said yes, let’s go ahead and get two done this year, we felt like we needed to go ahead and honor their request,” said Hobbs. “But we didn’t want to go back on what we had told them at the beginning of the year.”

Those two days will save the school system $660,000 and will affect 1,100 full-time employees.