Tuesday’s lead story on CBS Atlanta (WGCL-TV) was an investigation into the budget shortfall still plaguing the DeKalb County School District, specifically the $6 million overage in electricity.
Several Tucker schools were included in the report, which showed all sorts of lights inside and outside the buildings on at all hours of the night and during the time that most schools should be closed up.
CBS Atlanta’s Chief Investigative Reporter Wendy Saltzman indicated that this was the scenario for schools all over DeKalb, but in her report she focused on a few in particular from Tucker: Brockett Elementary, Livsey Elementary, Tucker High School and Tucker Middle School.
She also showed footage of similar waste at two schools nearby - Lakeside High and Henderson Mill Elementary.
The story was part of a “Tough Questions” investigation, and can be found here.
CBS Atlanta’s Investigative Crew is serious about wanting to keep tabs on this issue and they will run a follow-up story if they learn that the electricity waste is not being stopped or curtailed as a result of their report.
Report further waste of electricity at your schools to: Wendy.Saltzman@cbsatlanta.com.
$6 million over budget could have saved 100 teaching positions this year. It is even worse when you learn that board member Nancy Jester pointed out the waste in October 2011 when it was only $1 million over budget. She tried, but no one else on the board or in the Administration was willing to take her warnings seriously.
And now look where we are today.
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