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Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 4:00am

Fernbank Back On Chopping Block

Updated: 2 years ago.
The Fernbank Science Center reaches about 160,000 DeKalb County school students each year. But the district is considering closing the center to deal with an $85 million budget gap. (Photo Courtesy of Tomasz Lewicki via Flickr.)

Supporters of a popular science center in metro Atlanta are trying to again save it from possibly closing due to budget cuts.

Fernbank Science Center survived an initial round of budget cuts by the DeKalb County School District. But leaders are trying to find a way to save $12 million, so Fernbank might be on the chopping block again.

The center’s backers are using online petitions, social media and telephone campaigns to build support for the educational facility.

The superintendent in Dekalb County has proposed cutting Fernbank's budget by almost 70 percent to help deal with an $85 million budget gap.

The science center reaches about 160,000 county school students each year.

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