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Fernbank Science Center to stay open

9:15 AM, May 30, 2012   |    comments
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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County's school board has decided, for now, to spare the Fernbank Science Center from closing.

Closing the center would have saved nearly $5 million, but hundreds of people signed an online petition in hopes of keeping it open. 

Board members meeting Tuesday night decided to look elsewhere to fill a $73 million budget gap. The board is now considering a property tax increase, two teacher furlough days, the elimination of 140 central office positions, and increasing class size by one student.

A public hearing on the proposed budget is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the school system headquarters in Stone Mountain.

(Associated Press)

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