DeKalb schools chief: Overlooked money could have saved jobs | www.myajc.com

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DeKalb schools chief: Overlooked money could have saved jobs | www.myajc.com

Money hiding in the financial books of the DeKalb County School District might have been used to avert untold misery when the budget was cut last summer.

Superintendent Michael Thurmond, who succeeded Cheryl Atkinson in February, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that DeKalb failed to tap millions of dollars in potential revenue last year, when Atkinson oversaw a historic $78 million in cuts.

Thurmond has cuts in mind too, but they’re in areas like legal fees and central office personnel rather than the classroom. Because of money he found, he is even proposing an expanded budget for fiscal year 2014, which starts in July. Among his recommendations: spending $3 million to undo one of the furlough days imposed by Atkinson.

“The reality is, a lot of folk lost their jobs that didn’t have to,” Thurmond said. “These funds were available last year.”

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