DeKalb County's school board has decided not to close the Fernbank Science Center.
Closing the center would have saved nearly $5 million, but hundreds of people signed an online petition in hopes of keeping it open.
Board members meeting Tuesday night decided to look elsewhere to fill a $73 million budget gap. The board is now considering a property tax increase, two teacher furlough days, the elimination of 140 central office positions, and increasing class size by one student.
The property tax hike would amount to an extra $80 per year on a $200,000 home.
A public hearing on the proposed budget is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the school system headquarters in Stone Mountain.