Just a few hours ago, Kris sent in this letter written to the DeKalb County community, pleading that Fernbank Science Center not be closed as a result of DeKalb County Schools’ $73 million budget deficit. “When did that happen?”, I thought.
Well, according to the AJC’s Ty Tagami, DeKalb County Schools budget committee recommended the closing of Fernbank just yesterday. A move that would save the school system $4.7 million annually. The article goes on to say that the Center is now looking like a luxury to school officials, who may still need to cut teachers and school days to make ends meet.
The letter to the community notes that Fernbank Science Center has operated for 45 years. For those who have never been, the facility includes a “500-seat planetarium, observatory, classrooms, and exhibit halls”.