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Public hearing on school budget

5/30/2014, 6 a.m.

Stakeholders can share their views on the DeKalb School System’s proposed $800 million fiscal 2015 budget at a June 2 public hearing at the district’s Administrative and Instructional Complex in Stone Mountain.

The hearing begins at 5:45 p.m.

Superintendent Michael Thurmond’s proposed budget is up $41 million over fiscal 2014’s $759 million budget. He presented the spending plan on May 5 at the DeKalb School Board’s monthly meeting.

It includes the first pay raises in six years for DeKalb’s more than 6,100 teachers and the end to their final four furlough days.

The budget also provides a 1 percent cost of living adjustment pay hike for all employees, increases investments in school safety and academic achievement, reduces class sizes by hiring 100 new teachers, and features a $20 million general fund balance or “rainy day” fund.

The budget is based on estimated revenues of $801,547,870.

Estimated expenditures are $800,144,877 for the fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2014, and ending on June 30, 2015.

The Administrative and Instructional Complex is at 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd.

For more information, visit www.dekalb.k12.ga.us.