The DeKalb Board of Education will meet Friday, March 16, but there is no planned discussion about whether to end millions in construction projects to address a projected shortfall in the system’s sales-tax fund.

The called meeting, which begins at 10 a.m. at the system’s central office, will adjourn to a closed door executive session to discuss legal matters, according to the meeting notice.

DeKalb Schools spokesman Walter Woods and District 1 school board member Nancy Jester said Thursday there is no news on whether the school system can move sales tax money around to complete $31 million in projects. If the school system cannot find the money, Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson will ask the board to vote to end those projects, which include $1.13 million for Dunwoody High renovations and $250,000 for a new track at Peachtree Charter Middle School.

The superintendent recommended the cuts after school officials discovered a projected $36.5 million shortfall in Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) money. School officials are working to see if they can legally use future sales tax revenues to pay for the unfinished projects.

For more details and a step-by-step explanation of this issue, please see our previous article discussing the BOE’s March 12 meeting.

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