DeKalb school board approves plan to close schools

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DECATUR – DeKalb County school board members approved a sweeping redistricting plan that will move thousands of students and close eight schools.

School officials have said the plan, which was approved at a Monday night school board meeting, is needed to remove thousands of empty seats and generate more state funding for the system.

The move will free up an estimated $12.4 million a year, school officials said.

The vote was controversial, and school officials added security at Monday's meeting. Participants had to walk through metal detectors, and their belongings were searched.

Technical difficulties hampered the school board and participants at the meeting, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

A power outage meant the first part of the meeting was not broadcast live as planned. Also, the board room was only partially lit and microphones didn't work at the start of the meeting.

Full power was restored after two hours, but was disrupted again during a passionate speech against the rezoning plan.

The school system, which serves about 100,000 students, is the third-largest in the state.

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corgimom 03/07/11 - 11:42 pm
It's happening in Charlotte,

It's happening in Charlotte, too.

No money means no money.

copperhead 03/08/11 - 06:21 am
Hundreds of billions to take

Hundreds of billions to take care of "undocumented workers" and not a dime for citizen education. AMAZING!

getalife 03/08/11 - 08:52 am
Allowing children of

Allowing children of "undocumented workers" or whatever you want to call them in our schools and with these families using our health care systems, will help to bankrupt our states and this nation.

seenitB4 03/08/11 - 09:24 am
Schools will close--hospitals

Schools will close--hospitals will close--pre-k will change---hope will change---gas will go up---& we still act like we are LOADED with $$$ are we ALL on drugs??

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