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DeKalb schools to hold teacher career forum

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- Two days after sending out teacher contracts for next year, DeKalb County Schools will hold a teacher career forum on Wednesday.

School leaders said they don't expect an unusual number of teacher transfers because of controversy surrounding the school board.

But the head of the Organization of DeKalb Educators, which represents about 3,600 teachers, said it's been a tough year for teachers in the system.

David Schutten said morale and teacher pay have taken hits.

"Right now, DeKalb is not competitive in pay compared to Gwinnett, Atlanta, Fulton, even Decatur," Schutten told 11Alive's Jennifer Leslie. "A lot of teachers are actively seeking employment in neighboring districts."

He said teachers are frustrated with six furlough days this school year and four straight years of pay cuts.

But he points out teachers might be inclined to stay with new school leadership in place.

Former Georgia Labor Secretary Michael Thurmond was appointed interim superintendent in February, and six new school board members were recently appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal.

"People are very hopeful with the new school board that decisions are going to be made that make sense and that finances of the school system are going to be looked after in a meaningful way," Schutten said.

Current teacher contracts are due back next week.

The teacher career forum will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. at school headquarters at 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard in Stone Mountain.