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School board unveils new budget plan for 2012-13
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Director Mark Willoughby, Chairman Charles Robinson, and school board members W.J. (Dub) Evins, Johnny Lattimore and Kenny Rhody discuss the new budget at last weeks school board meeting. - photo by Photo by: Reed Vanderpool
The DeKalb County Board of Education unveiled its proposed 2012-13 spending plan Thursday night.The new budget, which would not cause an increase in the property tax rate but might require a bond issue, includes funding for pay raises, additional staff members, roof replacement at three schools, and money for a revamp of DeKalb West School.According to Director of Schools Mark Willoughby, he and County Mayor Mike Foster have worked closely to come up with a budget everyone can agree on.“A few weeks ago you gave me permission to work with Mr. Foster,” Willoughby told the board. “We have worked together in several different meetings to get a budget where we would not have to ask for a tax increase. Mr. Foster said there is a possibility the county may do a bond issue and he is going before his board with the same packet that you have.

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