According to the district's vendor reports, The Georgia World Congress Center received $49,500 for graduations in 2016, $5,179 in 2017 and $196,789 for graduations in 2018. The district was expected to make a $14,219.25 payment on Nov. 9 toward the 2019 graduation. Those costs do not include equipment being used for sound, lighting and any other planned effects.
Parents have expressed frustrations about the new graduation dates, saying they will conflict with summer programs and planned vacations, and force teachers to attend ceremonies without being paid. DeKalb County School District officials said many already were missing out on festivities, including teachers who had classes during graduation ceremonies, and younger students whose siblings were graduating.