DeKalb schools see reversal of fortunes

The DeKalb County School District is out of the poor house, with enough new revenue expected next year to reverse years of cutting.

All employees will get a 1 percent pay raise, and the four teacher furlough days that were in this year’s budget will be erased next year if Superintendent Michael Thurmond’s budget is adopted.

He presented the conceptual outlines of a 2014-15 spending plan at a school board meeting Monday.

“There will be no more teacher furlough days in DeKalb County,” Thurmond said, calling the turnaround “almost to some extent miraculous.”

The board will go into a committee of the whole to discuss the budget. Then, at 5:45 p.m., they’ll hear public comment about it. At the beginning of this afternoon’s meeting, they heard a proposal to maintain the current property tax rate of 23.98 mills, though it will mean an increase in revenue. (A one mill levy brings in $1 for every $1,000 in property taxed, excluding exemptions.)

The board will vote on the millage rate resolution during the business meeting, which starts at 7 p.m.

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