How broke are we? We already borrowed $90 million (costing taxpayers $330,000 in interest) to cover our expenses while we await tax collections but we aren’t seeing a way clear to running a balanced budget for our billion dollar a year school system as we continue to run our system on credit.
It has now been discovered that DeKalb County Schools misspent nearly a million Title 1 federal tax dollars and now must repay those dollars using our already debt-ridden general fund.
Read more here:
Federal payback deepens DeKalb schools’ budget woes
On top of this, we still do not have proof that the cuts to the budget approved by the board in June have been made by the administration. Dr. Atkinson continues to insist that she cut 300 jobs from the Central Office, however, last night’s HR report revealed that the dollar amount for general administration is holding steady. When pressed, the head of HR, Takshia Ward-Smith admitted that she has not been tracking the so-called “RIFs”, but will do so ‘going forward’. So for now, the promised implemented cuts to the Central Office remain a mystery.
To review the approved budget cuts approved by the board in June, read our post on the subject:
NOTICE OF THE CONTINUATION OF THE BOARD CALLED MEETING: Re: THE BUDGET
We do know that many jobs were re-coded from CO to other departments and schools, but while a good idea, there is no cost savings to that kind of ‘action’. We also know that the most harmful cuts to students – those made to the schoolhouses in the form of paraprofessionals, media clerks, etc. were definitely made. We did the best we could to track the RIFs mandated by the board budget cuts. To review our documents, read the post below.
For details on the history of the budget, and to see our documents on the subject, view our page called Budgets and Audits under the DCSS FILES tab.