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DeKalb E-SPLOST Program Budget and GO Bonds

The DeKalb Schools administration presented 3 options to address E‐SPLOST budget issues. DeKalb Schools will be promoting a GO bond. Everybody gets a carrot except for Chamblee, they apparently get the stick.

I have 20+ articles I need to write. Most of them fall under this umbrella, so let’s start here.

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

Presentation – OPTIONS TO ADDRESS E‐SPLOST BUDGET ISSUES
Summary of 3‐Step Process
E‐SPLOST and GO Bond Options
Budget and Scope Adjustments

E‐SPLOST BUDGET ISSUES
E‐SPLOST V projects are projected to cost approximately $95 million more than the current budget

RECOMMENDATION TO ADDRESS E‐SPLOST BUDGET ISSUES

Step 1: Balance E‐SPLOST V Budget to $561 M (October 2019)

Step 2: Approve GO Bond for March 2020 Referendum to fund additional projects, including some of those projects removed in step 1 (November 2019)

Step 3: E‐SPLOST V Adjustments after GO Bond Passes to restore projects to E‐SPLOST V, if GO Bond referendum passes in March 2020 (April 2020)

Step 1: Balance E‐SPLOST V Budget to $561 M (October 2019)

Option 1
No – Arts School
No – Peachtree MS Addition
No – Lakeside HS Addition
Yes – Chamblee Charter HS Addition

Option2
No – Chamblee Charter HS Addition
No – Lakeside HS Addition
Yes – Arts School
Yes – Peachtree MS Addition

Step 2: Approve GO Bond
With the GO (General Obligation) Bond, we can have all the projects removed from option 1 and 2 above plus 5 new elementary schools.

GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS

• General obligation (GO) bonds are bonds backed by a debt service property tax.
• GO Bonds require voter approval by referendum (March 2020)
• Bond would be sold Summer 2020 and paid back over 15 years
• The debt service property tax is separate from school operations property tax and is not factored in the 25 mill maximum rate for school operations

STEP 3: REBUILD ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS INSTEAD OF RENOVATING
• Henderson Mill ES
• Toney ES
• Stoneview ES

IMPACT OF NO GO BOND
• No turf installation at the high schools
• No arts school
• Cut many major projects
• Chamblee MS consolidates with Sequoyah MS

OPTION – No Chamblee Addition
• Move the Chamblee Charter HS magnet to new Cross Keys HS to avoid any building additions

Chamblee Middle School

Chamblee Middle School Splost Option

MOVE CHAMBLEE HS MAGNET ALTERNATIVE

Chamblee is being told they don’t have to have the building additions. They could avoid building additions by moving the high achievers magnet program to the new Cross Keys HS.

• Move High Achievers Magnet program (600 seats) from Chamblee Charter HS to New Cross Keys HS in Step 1
• Add 21 classrooms to New Cross Keys HS (98 IU → 119 IU)

Step 1 Adjustments

• Remove Chamblee Charter HS Addition
• Restore Fairington ES and Hawthorne ES
• Add $8 M ‐ $14.6 M to New Cross Keys HS for 21 additional classrooms
• Use any remaining savings ($0 ‐ $6.6 M) for other projects as decided
by the Board


RELATED POSTS

Options To Address E-SPLOST Budget Issues
May 13, 2019 – In earlier posts, I discussed E-SPLOST Budget Overruns and Projects on Hold. What’s the plan? Here are the options we are currently looking at.

FY2020 Salaries & Budget

DeKalb Schools administration is asking the Board of Education to approve salary adjustments for classified staff, salary adjustments for executive staff and the DeKalb County School District Budget for 2019-2020 (FY2020).

DeKalb County School District Budget for 2019-2020 (FY2020)

There are quite a number of closed door budget meetings between now and the next Board meeting (June 25). For right now, this board and administration are planning on appropriating $1.2 billion for the general fund. That is $450 million more since 2014. At the same time, the student population has decreased by roughly 5,000 students.

The current budget will take $28 million from reserves as we financially drive the school system into the ground.

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS
FY2020 DCSD Tentative Budget Detail
FY2020 DCSD Tentative Budget Summary (6-10-2019)
Local School Budgets (xls)

Salary Schedules and Salary Adjustments for Classified Staff

The Board of Education is currently considering the Retroactive component of the Classified Staff Salary adjustments as approved in at the January 2019 meeting by implementing the MAG study. Payment of the Classified Staff adjustments will be retroactively applied to the first working day of January 2019.

The financial impact will come to $5,500,000.00

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS
2019-06-Classified-SalarySchedule
2019-06 Bus Driver SNP

Executive Staff Salary Adjustments

Executive Salary Schedule
HCM Executive Salary Placement Analysis
Presentation – Executive Salary Ranges For Regional Superintendents and Chiefs DeKalb County School District

Experience Review

Statement from the administration:

Granting steps for years of experience values staff by recognizing their longevity within the Dekalb County School District. This study is limited to internal years of completed Dekalb County School District experience, which includes both related and non-related experience. Related experience is not available and is not separately identified in this study. The DCSD Human Resources staff will audit employee files, if necessary.

Experience for classified staff was evaluated in three ways and is based on the data
file provided.

1. Experience years in current position – Estimated salary cost = $1,600,000

2. Experience years in current position, plus half DCSD experience – Estimated salary cost = 5,002,000

3. Experience years for all internal DCSD experience – Estimated salary cost = $5,800,000