Dunwoody High School will not face cuts
Board of Education's $35-million shortfall to be covered by upcoming tax
School construction projects in DeKalb County – including more than $1 million in improvements at Dunwoody High School – will not be cut, the DeKalb school board decided Monday night.
The district was scrambling weeks ago to come up with a solution to make up for a more than $35-million deficit in a building program funded by a voter-approved penny sales tax.
District officials failed to calculate interest owed on loans for the building program and also underestimated the cost of rebuilding Chamblee High School by $10 million.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the district will cover the costs with the next sales tax – called SPLOST IV - which voters approved and begins collecting revenue this summer.
Stephen Wilkins, the district’s chief operating officer, said the district will use the next tax more efficiently. It will save millions by designing several elementary schools from the same building plans. The district will also dip into the contingency fees for the new tax program, and reap savings in the program's management budget, he said.
Supporters of Dunwoody High School were concerned about the shortfall because of the finishing touches needed to complete a school renovation project. Classrooms are missing white boards and desks. And a mass communications lab is yet to be completed.
The other school in Dunwoody that was facing cuts was Peachtree Middle School. The district has alloted $250,000 to repair a track at the school.