Fernbank Science Center Back on Chopping Block Monday
A Lakeside High School student is among the center's advocates who have argued with the DeKalb County School System to keep it open.
It appears the Fernbank Science Center – recently spared from the DeKalb County Board of Education's budgetary axe – is back on the chopping block.
Hours before the board's final budget vote Monday, Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson said she would recommend $3.2 million in cuts to the facility, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
From the story:
Nonetheless, at an informal meeting of several board members to discuss the budget Monday morning, Atkinson said she'd asked Fernbank's director to recommend deep cuts. She didn't detail the proposal, but school district spokesman Walter Woods told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that many of the programs and the 56 staffers would be reduced or eliminated. He said, though, that Fernbank would still operate as a "fully functional" science center.
Another interesting North Druid Hills-Briarcliff-related detail: Among the advocates fighting to keep the school open is Kristen Weiss, a Lakeside High School student. Weiss is mentioned in the story.
Will you go to tonight's meeting? And what do you think of Atkinson's decision to consider the center for deep cuts again? Tell us in the comments section below.