Check out this spreadsheet we got from Nancy Jester’s website. It’s from the superintendent’s proposed budget package. (Click on it to see it better.)
In addition, we have uploaded this and all other files we have collected on the budget to our Audits/Budgets page under our FILES tab. Please be sure to download this one:
This proposed budget appears to show the proposed cuts in more detail. As far as some of our bloggers can tell, Fernbank Science Center actually receives MORE money next year, the superintendents office and the board of education budgets both increased as well as the department of communications and the deputy superintendent of instruction’s office. However, the department of special education has been decimated and over 200 parapros will be cut from the classrooms.
The last few pages have lots of information on potential cuts and comparing class size maximums with other metro districts. Compare them. You will see that DeKalb now boasts far and away the most students per teacher.
Also, there are some cuts that simply must be replaced elsewhere and may not net the savings indicated. For example, they plan to eliminate the International Teacher program. These teachers generally teach math and science. Obviously we can’t cut math and science teachers (we hope) so this line item will have to be replaced with new teachers.
Unbelievably – there is a page called “Previously Unbudgeted Fixed Costs” for things like electricity and healthcare which total over $44 MILLION!
For more info, click on this link at the superintendent’s website.
This article in the Dunwoody “Patch” has a pretty clear explanation:
Jester Calls for No Tax Increase for DeKalb Schools
And here is a recent very clear article from the AJC on the topic by Ty Tagami:
DeKalb schools’ draft spending plan has $30 million in new taxes
The AJC article includes this quote, which emphasizes the deadline crunch:
“I cannot support a two mill increase,” said Paul Womack, who nonetheless voted with the majority in the 5-2 decision Tuesday afternoon. He wasn’t alone. The board had to adopt something prior to a public hearing Tuesday evening to comply with Georgia Department of Education rules. A final budget typically must be in place before the fiscal year starts July 1, and changes are likely.