FromThe Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Reversing itself, the DeKalb County (Ga.) school board has voted to delay school closures. The board now plans to conduct a countywide redistricting and close 10 to 12 schools next school year, interim superintendent Ramona Tyson says. Last month, the board voted on to close four elementary schools for 2010-11 and save $2.35 million. Monday’s vote rescinds the closings. EARLIER....from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: The DeKalb County (Ga.) school district administration is recommending that Kelly Lake, Glenn Haven, Knollwood and Sky Haven elementary schools close at the end of the year. Closing those four schools will remove 2,248 of the districts 11,000 empty seats and save $2.3 million, says Dan Drake, the district’s planner. The four closures are needed to help offset an estimated $115 million shortfall in the 2011 fiscal year budget.
Earlier...from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Without a citizens’ panel recommendation, the DeKalb County (Ga.) school board will move forward with the closure of four schools to help meet an anticipated $115 million budget. The school board has voted 5 to 4 to tentatively approve across the board cuts and no tax increase. The reductions include at least 430 layoffs, four elementary school closings and staff furloughs. Earlier...from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Despite objections from constituents, the DeKalb County (Ga.) district is planning to close some of its schools. Board members say the only other options are to lay off teachers or raise taxes. A Citizens Planning Task Force that was asked to recommend four schools for closing voted that no schools should close this year. The state’s third-largest district has a week to finalize $115 million in cuts.
MARCH 2010...from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Twenty-one DeKalb County (Ga.) District schools remain on a list for possible closure. The district's Citizens Planning Task Force – charged with recommending at least four elementary schools to close next school year – will look at these schools next week. Earlier this week, the 20-member task force eliminated 62 schools from possible closure. The task force is scheduled to make a recommendation next month to the school board. Closing four schools will save about $2.35 million.
Earlier....from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: The DeKalb County (Ga.) district may have to close as many as a dozen schools to help with its growing budget deficit. The board’s budget committee says the school system is going to have to look at closing more than four schools.
FEBRUARY 2010...from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: The DeKalb County (Ga.) district plans to close four schools and cut about 15 top administrators to help eliminate the district’s $88 million deficit. Next week, school officials will identify the four elementary schools that will close at the end of the school year. They plan to close another eight to 10 schools in May 2011. The schools will be selected out of the 29 schools with enrollments of less than 300 students.