DeKalb reveals school budget shortfall

According to a new article by Ty Tagami at the AJC, DeKalb is about to reveal another budget full of cuts.

DeKalb reveals school budget shortfall

The proposed budget for fiscal year 2014 has not been presented yet, but Monday, at the first of three public hearings, officials released a document showing a projected shortfall of $14.7 million, or about 2 percent of the current budget. And that shortfall was down about $1 million from the last time they handed out a document with projections a couple weeks ago.

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19 Responses to DeKalb reveals school budget shortfall

  1. John Dewey III says:

    I agree with the AJC comment…cap all salaries at $100,000.

  2. concerned citizen says:

    Yes, that is the right thing to do!

  3. thedeal2 says:

    But, John, a comment below that said that people would flee from the central office! hee hee hee

  4. TeacherK says:

    I wish it had been clarified in the story that the money for step increases is not really a step increase. This money is for the teachers who are making the state minimum salary for their degree and years of experience. In many instances, the DCSD posted salary is below the state minimum and they are legally required to pay the state minimum. The number of teachers in this position is growing every year DeKalb does not grant a step increase.

  5. plusone says:

    So at our school we have a teacher with 7 years in and she is paid 35 k and change from dekalb….so dekalb has to give her a supplement… I thnk

  6. From the AJC: Governor to speak at DeKalb graduations

    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is among several high-profile figures who will give commencement addresses for DeKalb County high schools.

    The school district says it’s received confirmations from Deal and others, including Mark Elgart, the president of AdvancED, which oversees district accreditation; Thurbert Baker, the former Georgia attorney general; George Andrews, founder and leader of Capitol City Bank & Trust Co.; Carlton Brown, president of Clark Atlanta University and State Rep. Darshun Kendrick of Lithonia.

    Deal will speak to students from NcNair and Chamblee high schools; Elgart, Druid Hills High; Baker, Tucker High; Andrews, Stone Mountain High; Brown, Lithonia High; and Kendrick, Towers High.

  7. DCSD FOR DUMMIES says:

    Some of those people aren’t worth $20,000.00 Someone mentioned that they would flee the district. HA! Where would they go? Name me one $100,000 valuable employee worth keeping. Do they have friends and family in other districts to offer such high salaries. Many of them would stay put because they aren’t worth a quarter. Besides, the majority of them aren’t fit for their positions anyway, so there are many people working in schools who could replace them and who are more qualified. All salaries need to be adjusted to what other districts around the metro area are paying. Why is there such a discrepancy in what other districts pay for those same administrative positions? It is time for DEKALB to “gut” the central office just like they’ve done to classrooms throughout the district.

  8. On the verge says:

    The county office folks have not been given a contract, to date. This possibly bodes well for Mr. Thurmond to cut the salaries or the jobs of superfluous employees. My concern is that he is being advised by the top salaried employees.

    I believe, he needs to look closely at the tasks and the value of mid level administration, who do all the work for the highly paid employees. We need our county supervisors (for the most part); they are burdened with all the ‘one offs’ the county endures and values.

    Some county office officials make a salary 5x that of a very experienced teacher; we need great teachers in the classroom to comply with with student achievement rates in our county! Not secretaries that make more than teachers with valid degrees.

  9. Nikole says:

    To clarify step increases: the supplement comes from the state. The state gives Dekalb 50,000$ for my salary. Dekalb says I’m worth 45,000$. But they can’t keep that other 5,000. It shows up on my paycheck as a state supplement. This is mainly why cutting teachers’ pay every year is not effective. Every year, more teachers are making only what the state sends, and Dekalb gains no savings because they already pay nothing towards their salaries.

  10. Secretaries, administrative assistants and whatever else people are now called in this field should not be making more than any first year teacher. Administrative assistants should be shared among departments, area superintendents, the superintendent, etc. We don’t need to be paying for 2 superintendents and Tyson needs to go. No one in the administrative offices should be making more than the highest paid teacher. Do these people really work harder than a teacher? No Do they have more demands made on them than teachers? No. Every job in the administration office needs to be really examined and if it’s not a necessary job, it needs to go. If it’s a necessary job, than the salary needs to be evaluated and right sized. Our teachers have taken hits for their salaries for far too long. Our good, seasoned teachers are leaving the district. These teachers can’t be replaced easily. No good seasoned person would willingly come to DeKalb to teach. There are many ways that cuts can be made. I am sure that a group of parents and teachers could help Thurmond and the school board make the decision that has to be made. We cannot continue spending more than what is brought in. We need to take a hard look at the special schools and programs that the district offers, while nice, can we afford them? Difficult questions and discussions have to be made, and citizens also have to prepare for the district to be different than what they are used to. We can’t keep doing the same thing and accepting the deficits years after year, and keep hitting teachers with no salary or step increases.

  11. former dekalb parent says:

    now, they are starting to privatize some of the services, but I think they will be shocked at how expensive this will be in the long run with all the tape and spit that has been used in the last 8-10 years to keep the schools and systems running…..where did that money come from?

  12. dekalbite2 says:

    @Nikole
    DeKalb’s property taxes are at the highest mileage rate in the state 1/4 of a percent from the legally allowed maximum. These property taxes were formerly used to pay local supplements to DeKalb teachers over and above what the state pays so we could be competitive in teacher compensation. Lewis, Tyson and Atkinson decided to divert the property tax money to ensure everyone kept their jobs. Teachers got no step increases, incurred furloughs, lost their TSA’s, no COLAs, etc. and fell further behind other systems who made cuts in the non teaching admin and support side to protect the students in the classroom (this is what SACS says DeKalb SHOULD have done – made cuts in non classroom areas). In addition, teachers who left were not replaced so the remaining teachers were left with increased class sizes. Lewis, Tyson and Atkinson asked the BOE to approve larger class sizes so this could happen.

    The DCSS administration must adequately fund the classroom first and then use what is left over for admin and support. Lewis, Tyson and Atkinson and the old BOE members did the opposite. They funded the admin and support side and then what was left over went for the classroom.

  13. dekalbite2 says:

    Ms. Tyson wrote the 2010-11 and 2011-12 budget. When Dr. Atkinson came on board in the fall of 2011, she had to live with Ms. Tyson’s budget. Ms. Tyson had been praised by the BOE in the spring of 2011 for “balancing the budget ” and producing a surplus. Dr. Atkinson soon discovered that shortfalls in Ms. Tyson’s budget – such as the tens of millions in interest on a capital loan that had been “left out” of Ms. Tyson’s budget – actually placed DCSS in a deficit position. Mr. Thurmond and the new BOE should not be allowed to forget that Ms. Tyson displayed abysmal financial acumen, and student achievement suffered tremendously under her missteps.

    IMHO – Ms. Tyson should not be allowed anywhere near the budgetary process. Her budget that predicted a surplus was really a budget that placed DCSS in a deficit. Teachers were furloughed and class sizes increased to make up for the tens of millions of dollars of Ms. Tyson’s financial mistakes. Ms. Tyson seems like an amiable person, but the data shows that her financial and personnel decisions have negatively impacted student achievement.

  14. Stan Jester says:

    I believe the statewide millage cap for Georgia is 20 mills. DeKalb’s millage cap was raised to 25 mills when the county ran DeKalb College. Since then, DeKalb College changed its name to Perimeter College and is now run by the state. Legislatures have not reset DeKalb’s millage rate, so the cap remains at 25.

    Nothing quite as permanent as a temporary tax or interim superintendent.

  15. concerned citizen says:

    It’s all well and fine that Ms. Tyson is an amiable person, but we talking about intelligence and competency. If she does not go, DeKalb richly deserves to be seen as a school system with no direction. Please go, Ramona, I for one am sick of her recycled reports – one if the budget, the next the SACS report, the next…same thing!

  16. concerned citizen says:

    I hope PR is not going to be too shocked when many, many teachers who signed their contracts break them. I personally know about 50 who are going to Gwinnett. Why? Our already crumbled to the ground school system. Also, does anyone else know that at the end of last year every single full time employee received $1,000 dollars. This happened at McNair, McNair Middle, and Towers and there could be others. Where did this money come from? Also, there were signing bonuses of $10,000 at McNair, McNair Middle, and Towers. Where did this money come from? I hope someonw can investigate. There isNO DOUBT that every single employee who received the $1.000 deserve the bonus but it was secretive. What kind of progress did the three principals have to show for their $10.000? Something, surely! Were these expenses in the budget? Who knows? Was this money taken from Title I. That’s very likely. Is anyone monitoring Title I? Who is in charge of that division? I’m hearing nothing but major conflict.

  17. Concernedmom30329 says:

    City of Atlanta school system is having a budget hearing today. Take a look at their twitter feed.
    https://twitter.com/apsupdate

    The person who does their social media is an APS parent who had been critical of operations in the system.

  18. Concernedmom30329 says:

    Posted to soon.

    She live tweets from many meetings, facilitates getting answers for the community from bureaucrats, etc From following their sites, she does a very good job.

  19. walk to school says:

    I was watching the mtg from April 1st on ch. 24 and heard someone explaining the justification for teachers now getting contracts with a daily rate as opposed to a yearly salary. She mentioned that no matter what they did in the past several years as far as furlows, the daily rate was always about the same and was comparable to other systems pay. Hmmmm, so, if teachers in say Gwinnett get a daily rate equal to Dekalb’s daily rate and work more days they make more and they have work days to plan, days to receive state required training, and half-days to meet for parent conferences, Well in theory the daily rate might sound good; however, Dekalb teachers work load continues to increase and teachers are forced to work late hours, weekends and furlow days without pay to do right by children. They must find opprtunities for PLU’s on their own and complete the 10 required hours in the evening and on weekends. They schedule conferences after school. It might sound okay in theory, but in practice, it is definitely not the same.

    Just wondering what others think about teachers being given contracts at a daily rate?

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