The DeKalb County Board of Education approved a $1.74 billion budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year that places vital resources at the regional school level, allocates funds for important district initiatives, provides pay raises to staff members, and addresses state-mandated rising costs in employee benefits. The 2017-2018 budget enables DeKalb County School District (DCSD) to build on its momentum, following a year in which the district was recommended for a five-year extension of its accreditation by AdvancED, celebrated STEM certifications at more than 20 schools, and saw 17 campuses named to multiple lists recognizing achievements on the state’s 2016 Advanced Placement exams.
The highlight of the funding blueprint is more than $18 million to maintain progress in the district’s five academic regions. These “mini-districts” are led by their own regional superintendent with a laser-focus on a group of high school clusters. Instead of relying on the Central Administration, the regions are able to determine and provide solutions best tailored to the communities their serve.