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DeKalb schools budget an extra $12 million in red
DeKalb schools budget an extra $12 million in red

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- The DeKalb County School Board members received shocking news on Monday night that the system faces another $12 million dollars in cuts on top of the $73 million dollar hole they've spent weeks trying to fill.

The panel tabled a vote on the budget after learning the news they now have to consider $85 million in budget cuts.

"Based on some new figures from the county that the tax digest would actually be worse," said Walter Woods. 

"The original projection was 6 percent lower, when it's actually 9 percent lower," Woods said. "We'd have to account for another $12 million in the budget."

That now brings the total budget gap to $85 million; but who does it affect?

Here are some of the areas already on the chopping block:

1- Teachers
The proposal would eliminate nearly 300 positions, increase class sizes, and shorten the school year. The board says they don't plan to lay off any teachers, they just will not hire as many for the new year.

2- Fernbank Science Center
The center was initially proposed to be completely shut down, and is now facing a $3.2 million cut to their budget, including the elimination of programs and positions.

The plan includes a potential millage rate increase. The 1-mill increase would help fill $14.8 million. That would be close to an extra $80 a year for homeowners.

Board members said they simply couldn't rush a vote after finding out the new information Monday. 

They've tabled the decision until Wednesday, June 20.