- The opening of Talley Street Upper Elementary in August.
- Hiring 20 additional teachers to accommodate growth in student enrollment.
- Increasing teacher salaries to remain competitive with nearby districts.
- Cost-of-living increases by 2% for all non-teaching positions.
Additionally, in November 2016, voters approved a senior homestead tax exemption that has wound up costing more than anticipated. Initially, it was projected that the homestead tax loss from the exemption would be $1.2 million annually. But over the last two years (2017 and 2018) the district says it has lost $2.3 million and $3.5 million respectively due to the senior homestead exemption.
The raise in millage means that for every $100,000 of a home’s fair market value as determined by the DeKalb County Tax Assessor’s Office, the tax increase is $79.50 annually. Homes with a general homestead exemption will see a slightly smaller increase and those with a senior homestead exemption will see no change.