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Hundreds sign petition to save science center

DECATUR (AP) -- Hundreds of people have signed an online petition in hopes of keeping the Fernbank Science Center from closing.

Parent Kate Teague says that she plans to attend a public hearing on Wednesday to voice her concerns.

Members of the DeKalb County school board are recommending that the Fernbank Science Center and its planetarium be closed to help save money.

The center, near the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, costs $4.7 million annually and employs 56 people. The district is facing a $73 million deficit and is considering cutting teachers and school days to make up the gap.

A public hearing on the proposed budget is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the school system headquarters in Stone Mountain.

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Kent 2 years, 10 months ago

It is a no-brainer to close Fernbank. The very fact that there are not enough visitors and admission fees to support the center indicates the demand is not there to financially support it. Fernbank has evolved to be one of many government jobs programs which the taxpayers are forced to fund. Reminds me of Gov. Perdue's "Go Fish" museum.

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R 2 years, 10 months ago

Let the state make it a CHARTER School that the STATE pays for ... leave the school system funding out of it.

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BuzzG 2 years, 10 months ago

Lots of people want free stuff from government. If they really wanted it, they'd send a check to keep it open instead of encouraging the Dekalb government to pick their citizens pockets to keep it open.

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teelee 2 years, 10 months ago

What if the little darlings all went back to school the day after labor day like they did back in the 1900's saving money on everything including air conditioning that is used during the hottest month of the year. They should be going to family reunions, camping, Six Flags and White Water and actually enjoying their Summers like most of us did.

This year round school is for the birds and it hurts the theme parks and other businesses. The same people who are making these policies would have had a fit if they lost their summers when they were kids..... How? Make the school day longer, chop out all of these mini school breaks and teacher conference days etc,It can be done, it was done back in the 70's.

The good ole days

The good ole days by teelee

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news2me 2 years, 10 months ago

Does this online petition include a "Save the Fernbank" account where these folks can donate to the cause?

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