The 2019 fiscal year begins Sunday and runs through June 30, 2019. DeKalb now has the second-largest budget among metro Atlanta school districts, trailing only Gwinnett County Schools, but spends among the lowest per student.
It also includes a millage rate of 23.18 mills, down from 23.28 in 2018, but still reflects about a 7 percent collection increase due to increased property valuations.
Tuesday night, parent Nancy Kelly commented during a millage rate public hearing that she was concerned the school district gave residents so little time with the detailed budget. She saw it for the first time just last week, and had been waiting for it to appear. “I’m extremely reluctant to approve a millage rate” that includes a tax increase, she said.
The documents eventually were placed on the district’s website the weekend before DeKalb County Board of Education members voted to approve the district’s first $1 billion budget.
The budget is up more than $220 million since Superintendent Steve Green joined the district in 2015, and about $340 million since 2013, a trend seen nationally as conditions continue to improve from The Great Recession. Green has said the increases have been done to improve student outcomes, though little movement has been made there.