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DeKalb School Board Fails to Adopt Budget

School board members debated more teacher furlough days or pay cuts, and ended up deciding to end the meeting and try again Thursday.

The DeKalb County school board met Wednesday to discuss an $85-million budget deficit and failed to adopt a budget for the upcoming school year.

Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson recommended a mix of a 2-mill tax hike and an array of cuts.

Board member Paul Womack, meanwhile, proposed no tax hikes and a shorter school year and 10 more teacher furlough days. The board took a break to gather information on Womack's proposal and then delayed the discussion until 6 p.m. Thursday.

The school board planned to vote last week on a spending plan that would cover a $73 million deficit.

The board delayed the vote after they learned from district financial officials that there was an additional $12 million in cuts the board would have to make because the county's tax digest was lower than first anticipated.

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HDM June 21, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Not at all. No tax increase.
What goes around comes around June 21, 2012 at 04:10 PM
How about we rent out the "Palace" to a corporation with deep pockets that would be thrilled to have such luxurious digs, and put the CO in trailers or in one of the empty schools.
Melanie June 21, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I think administration should be slashed. Too much red tape and not enough for the classroom. This atrocious deficit shows what administration gets us. Less "oversight" and more $$ for the people on the front lines. They should find $75 million in admin. to cut. Surely that would be a start!
Maggie Adams June 21, 2012 at 07:33 PM
I think it was more a question of the legality of this. There are laws about how many hours our kids have to be in school. Someone mentioned that in exchange for losing those days, the day would be extended by 20 minutes. I guess 180 days - 12 furlough = 168 days. 168 x 20minutes = 56 hours. 56/7 hours per day = 8 days they'd make up that way.
Lola July 13, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Don't forget Paul Womack was in favor of the E-splost tax which was inaccurately reported to be a better deal for property owners than a repeal of the homestead exemption. Did he have concern for our taxes then? No!

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