Petitions to Save Fernbank Science Center Gain Momentum
The science center is in jeopardy of losing its funding due to budget cuts at DeKalb County Schools, and parents and supporters of the science center are fighting to keep the doors open.
Parents, residents and friends of Fernbank Science Center are circulating two petitions that ask DeKalb County Schools to keep the doors of the science center open.
The science center is in jeopardy losing its funding after a school board committee recommended closing the center in an effort to plug a $73 million budget gap.
The district spends about $4.7 million to operate the Fernbank Science Center in Druid Hills and pay 56 full-time employees.
The center, which includes a museum and planetarium, offers hands-on education about animals and planets to about 160,000 school children and visitors each year.
One of the two petitions circulating around the community has more than 1,000 signatures.
“Our children's future--our nation's future--depends on a firm foundation in science and technology. Let's not rob our children of every opportunity to compete in our global economy,” authors of the petition wrote.
It’s unclear who started the petitions, but many parents and supporters of the science center have been vocal on the Save Fernbank Science Center Facebook page and local blogs.
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