The Called Meeting held by the DeKalb Board of Education on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 recessed at 4:02pm, and will re-convene on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 6:00pm in the J. David Williamson Board Room in the Robert R. Freeman Administrative Center at the DeKalb County School System’s Administrative & Instructional Complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain.
Tune in. According to an email sent out by Nancy Jester, this continued meeting will be streamed live online as well as broadcast on Comcast 24.
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Click on the little TV icon to view the meeting.
Certainly, the good reporters at the Patch will be once again blogging live from the meeting as well.
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UPDATE: Below is a jpg of the budget that was actually discussed at the meeting – changes are not indicated. Changes made include reducing para pros by 200 rather than 300, taking 2 additional furloughs instead of 3, and leaving the SROs as is (not reducing them to 10 month employees).
So, to recap:
- The property taxes in DeKalb county were raised by one full millage point.
- All employees are subject to 2 more furlough days on top of the already scheduled furlough days.
- 70 more people in the central office will lose their job
- Pre-k programs will be reduced to only what the state funds provide
- 52 magnet teachers will lose their magnet job
- 28 Montessori teachers will lose their magnet job
- Transportation to special programs: DECA, magnet, themes AMS and STT remains unchanged
- Transportation for field trips will be cut by $1.6 million
- Additional transportation (efficiency plan) will be cut $700,000
- 200 general ed parapros will lose their jobs
- 25 media specialists will lose their jobs
- 29 (all remaining) media clerks will lose their jobs
- 10 SROs will lose their jobs
- Overtime pay for extra activities will be reduced by $5 million
- Fernbank will have to cut $1.9 million from its programs budget
- 10 Asst Principals lost through attrition will not be replaced
- 10 counselors lost through attrition will not be replaced
- 20 interpreters will lose their jobs
- The summer work schedule is reduced to 4 – 10 hour days
- Employees will have to subsidize health insurance by an additional $35.57/month
- Employees will have to subsidize dental insurance by an additional $16.02/month
- Regular Ed Class sizes will increase by 2
- Special Ed Class sizes will increase by 2
SECOND UPDATE: Below is the original Excel spreadsheet with all of the columns expanded.
Also, we are unable to get a true handle on exactly how many central office staff have been cut. Many of the magnet teachers and maintenance workers were considered CO staff, and were moved out from under the CO budget into other budgets. We cannot tell if the administration has performed the cuts recommended by the study commissioned last fall. Results were released in January. Some of the documents can be found under our Facts & Sources tab. The AJC report is below: