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Fernbank Science Center in Jeopardy
On May 24, a committee of the DeKalb Board of Education put forth its latest budget proposal. This proposal would eliminate funding for the Fernbank Science Center, an award-winning facility centrally located in DeKalb County which provides science education to DeKalb County students and outside students alike. In addition, the center provides training for teachers, who are made more effective in teaching science in the classroom. The budget for the center is $4.7 million, but the return on this investment is immeasurable.
Budget hearings are scheduled for Wednesday, May 30 and Wednesday, June 4, both at 6pm.
DeKalb County School District
Administrative & Instructional Complex
1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd, Stone Mountain, GA 30083 (map)
How to speak at the hearings
You can make your voice in support of Fernbank Science Center heard at the hearings.
The budget hearing on May 30 will accept up to 30 speakers on a first-come, first served basis, with signup beginning at 4:45 PM.
To sign up to speak at the June 4 hearing go to the Dekalb County School District contact page, click on the “Department” selection and choose “Board of Education” in the “Department” drop down list. Include your request to speak about saving Fernbank Science Center in the "Message" field. Although only a few who make the request will be selected to speak, the number of requests will indicate interest.
How to contact the board
You can also express your support for Fernbank Science Center using the following email addresses for members of the DeKalbk County Board of Education.
Dr. Eugene Walker, Chairperson email@example.com
Mr. Thomas Bowen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Nancy Jester, email@example.com
Mr. Donald McChesney, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Sarah Copelin-Wood, email@example.com
Mr. H. Paul Womack, Jr., firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Jay Cunningham, Jr., email@example.com .
Ms. Donna Edler,firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Pamela Speaks, email@example.com
Edited by Marc Merlin on May 25, 2012 1:26 PM