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Friday, June 22, 2012 - 5:30am

DeKalb Schools Hike Property Taxes

DeKalb County's school board approved a budget Thursday that will lead to property owners paying more in school taxes next year.

The budget also means class sizes will increase, and it adds two furlough days for teachers while reducing the number of their aides.

The board cut $1.9 million -- about 40 percent -- from the Fernbank Science Center's $4.7 million budget. The cut to the science center was less than the $3.2 million Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson had recommended.

Overall, the district's budget was reduced by $77.5 million.