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Fernbank Supporters Address School Board

Parents and residents continue to provide comments to the board about ways to close the $73 million budget gap.

The DeKalb County Schools board of education continues to search for creative ways to plug a $73 million budget gap.

Passionate parents and community members , asking to spare rigorous advanced learning classes and magnet programs from cuts and avoid closing the .

"It's not just a field trip destination,” Fernbank Science Center teacher Lawrence Wilson said.

See more comments in the video clips posted above.

Cost savings options on the table include increasing class sizes, a 1-mill tax increase, eliminating the district-wide Pre-K program and sending pink slips to 70 central office employees.

Do you support a 1-mill tax increase? Share your opinion in the comments.

prettyflower June 10, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Wise words, lastminutemom.
Don Broussard June 19, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Get it straight: the Mythical Creatures show was at the Fernbank MUSEUM which is a separate corporation -- not the Fernbank Science Center that is owned by the people of DeKalb County and our school system. BTW, I thought it was incredibly stupid too -- showing how desperate the Museum is to make money. But that's not the Science Center, ok? Got it?
Space Ship June 19, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Thanks for over-emphasizing your point.
hmm June 19, 2012 at 05:11 PM
why should DeKalb increase class sizes or taxes so that other school systems have a science center to visit? Unfortunately most people don't recognize that the regionally known Fernbank and this DeKalb Schools Fernbank are 2 different things. The DeKalb School System is bloated with non teaching positions - Fernbank adds to that bloat at the facility and at the main school office. Close or transfer the Fernbank Science Center.
Don Broussard June 19, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Johnathan, you apparently know nothing about Fernbank, probably have never been there, and don't have kids in the county schools. Your logic is that DeKalb Schools must not do ANYTHING that indirectly benefits others school systems? Fernbank Science Center has been functioning just fine since 1965 when our country was in crisis during the space race. Now, in 2012 geniuses like you say we don't need advanced science education and we can't afford this??? Your Tea Party values see bloat everywhere -- this time you're wrong. Cutting Fernbank sends a message that DeKalb Schools are committed to Mediocrity and that we won't spend any money on excellence. Is that where we really want to go? -- the Clayton County model of education? There is plenty wrong with the DeKalb School System -- cutting Fernbank is NOT going to fix it.

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