Thu., August 19, 2010 2:14pm (EDT)

Schools Have Millions To Spend
By Melissa Stiers
Updated: 4 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Systems will be able to use their portion of the 322 million dollars to rehire teachers they’ve had to lay off and eliminate furlough days.  (photo by Juan23 via flickr)
Systems will be able to use their portion of the 322 million dollars to rehire teachers they’ve had to lay off and eliminate furlough days. (photo by Juan23 via flickr)
Millions of federal dollars intended to help schools save jobs will be going to systems across the state in several weeks. It will be up to local systems to decide when to spend the money.

When Congress passed the bill last week, the governor’s office said it would like to hold onto the $322 million for next school year when stimulus money runs out.

But although it’s up to the governor to apply for the funds, as his office says he will do, he can’t control how systems use them.

Haralson County Superintendent Brett Stanton says his system near Carrollton which is on a four day school week, has cut 18 positions and has issued teacher furlough days for the year. He intends to use the federal money to reverse those decisions.

"I would desire to be able to inject that back into our budget and rehire some of the teachers we lost and I’d also like to think we could evaluate the 6 furlough days," says Stanton.

Federal guidelines require the money be spent by the end of next school year.