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Clayton Schools to close on Fridays this month

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

Clayton County Public Schools will operate on a shortened work schedule over the next two weeks, as part of its efforts to cut spending, according to a school system official.

All school system offices, including all Clayton County schools, will be closed on Friday, and again on July 23, School System Spokesman Charles White said.

The closures were included in the budget-reduction plan adopted by the Clayton County Board of Education in April, and later included in the school system's fiscal year 2011 budget that became effective on July 1.

"This is part of the budget cuts," White said. "Nothing will be open on those Fridays."

White said there may be some staff, such as custodians, at the schools on those Fridays, but they would only be there readying the schools for the 2010-2011 school year. No office staff, administrators, or teachers, are likely to be in the schools, according to the district's spokesman.

White added that there will not be any changes to the work schedules of the other days of the week. In past years, the school system had operated longer hours Mondays through Thursdays during the summer, and would then be closed on Fridays. White said since the purpose of the closings is to cut expenses, there will not be longer work days the rest of the week.

The school system will resume its regular, five-day work week on July 26, according to White. It will be the district's first, five-day work week since the week of June 21.

White said new teachers are scheduled to report to work during the week of July 26, returning teachers are expected to come back during the first week in August.

With the exception of the Elite Scholars Academy Charter School, which began classes on Monday, the 2010-2011 school year is scheduled to begin on Aug. 9, White said.