DeKalb County residents will see taxes and class size rise in a difficult school board budget vote tonight that will likely irk a lot of folks in the county.
There was no way the board could not aggravate someone with an $84 million deficit to overcome and very hard choices to make.
DeKalb’s protracted and painful budget process highlights the inability of this school board to coalesce, even when faced with a grave crisis. Rather than coming together to resolve what may be the state’s worst school situation, board members sniped at one another, putting on what amounted to a sideshow. (New school chief Cheryl Atkinson might be pining for Ohio about now.)
I am not sure if school board members just don’t like one another or if they believe the public bickering wins them point with their camps.
The board voted to raise taxes. It also increased class sizes, even for special education students, while adding two furlough days for teachers and cutting the