DeKalb Schools board to vote on 2017-2018 budget that has not been shared with public

Students exit temporary portable classrooms at Cary Reynolds Elementary School. (AJC FILE PHOTO)

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Students exit temporary portable classrooms at Cary Reynolds Elementary School. (AJC FILE PHOTO)

The DeKalb County Board of Education is expected to vote today for a $1 billion budget for the 2017-2018 school year, though a detailed spending report had not been publicly released before the scheduled discussion and vote.

The budget for the upcoming school year includes a tax increase for DeKalb County residents and increased spending on administrative positions. Residents are allowed to weigh in during the budget process through a series of public hearings, but they have not seen the detailed budget that typically would include how and where the money is being spent. The system did provide a summary budget.

Eileen Houston-Stewart, the district’s chief communications and community relations officer, provided a detailed proposed budget to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Monday at 3 p.m. The AJC had requested it  last week. The school system initially said the full proposed budget would be available one day after the board votes to approve it.

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