Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Henry County Schools Employees Receive State-Mandated Furloughs

Henry County Schools establishes furloughs for all employees. The School System was instructed by the Governor Tuesday, July 21, 2009, it must institute three furlough days for the 2009-10 school year. The furlough days must be non-compensated days for all employees; therefore, employees may not take vacation, sick, or personal leave on the designated furlough days. As such, the School District expects to be reducing the annual pay of employees by an amount equal to three days of pay.

“Our goal is to comply with this state funding reduction initiative in a manner that will least affect the actual instructional days for our students,” says Superintendent Michael Surma. “This school year will continue to present significant financial challenges in both local and state funding as we continue our commitment to ensure educational success for each student.”

The furlough days are designated by the number of days in employees’ contractual agreements with all employees receiving a total of three before December 31, 2009. Pending Board of Education approval, Henry County Schools identified the following furlough days for the upcoming school year.

Furlough Days for Employees with a Work-Year of Fewer Than 244 Days:
· Monday, July 27, 2009
· Tuesday, July 28, 2009
· Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Furlough Days for Employees with a Work-Year of 244 Days or more:
· Wednesday, September 16, 2009
· Thursday, September 17, 2009
· Friday, September 18, 2009
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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Heron Bay To Host Sunset Picnic for Residents on July 18

Heron Bay Golf and Country Club, a master planned development in Locust Grove, along with the Heron Bay Community Association and the Heron Bay Community Liaison Committee will host a Sunset Picnic from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Lakefront Park located on the Cole Reservoir. The picnic is designed to create an understanding of the various neighborhood committees and to also encourage residents to support their community by nominating themselves or their neighbors for the upcoming term.

Residents are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and stocked picnic baskets to the community event. The Heron Bay Community Association will provide all residents with ice cream.
The Lakefront Park was completed last year within Heron Bay along the shore of the Cole Reservoir which offers breathtaking views and is the ideal location to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. The park features a large, stunning pavilion with a catering kitchen, overhead fans, picnic tables, fire pits, an IPOD docking station and swings.

“The Heron Bay Community Association along with the support of the Heron Bay Committees have made it a goal to host several events and seminars throughout the year to encourage our residents to meet their neighbors,” said Sheila Wolfe, Heron Bay’s HOA Manager. “While the Sunset Picnic will provide a beautiful ambiance, it will also provide a wonderful opportunity for our residents to learn more about their neighborhood committees and community leaders.”

The Lakefront Park is the newest of many amenities residents at Heron Bay Golf & Country Club enjoy, including an aquatic center, Tennis Center, miles of sidewalks and nature trails and a 5,000 sq. ft. Community Lodge with fitness center. Residents may also choose to join Canongate at Heron Bay, a beautiful and challenging 7,300 yard, par-72 golf course. Home owners also have access to fishing and non-motorized boating on Henry County’s 1,100-acre Cole Reservoir, which is adjacent to the beautiful master planned community.

To visit Heron Bay, take I-75 South to Exit 216. Turn right and proceed five miles to Heron Bay Golf & Country Club. Heron Bay is on the right.

About Heron Bay Golf and Country Club:
Named the “Community of the Year” in 2005 by the Greater Atlanta Homebuilders Association, and awarded the 2006 Grand Award for Outstanding Development by the Georgia Urban Forest Council, Heron Bay Golf and Country Club, developed by Minerva Properties, is a master-planned community that is setting new standards for development in the Atlanta marketplace. Heron Bay includes a variety of neighborhoods designed for every life stage and features a full complement of unparalleled amenities in a resort-like setting in Locust Grove, Ga., just south of Atlanta. For more information, visit or call 770-957-5633.
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