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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 2:27am

Board Saves Science Center, For Now

Updated: 2 years ago.
The DeKalb County School Board is considering a property tax increase, two teacher furlough days, the elimination of 140 central office positions, and increasing class size by one student to close a $73 budget shortfall. (Photo Courtesy of Tomasz Lewicki via Flickr.)

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.

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