DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- As part of 11Alive News' ongoing commitment to investigating potential government waste, we decided to take a closer look at the DeKalb County School system's decision to spent more than $175,000 to hire an outside company to analyze staffing and salaries in the central office.
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Some parents suggested the study was a needless expense for a school system facing an estimated $85 million budget shortfall.
"I can't imagine running a school system without having appropriate accounting officials who keep track of the money," said parent Eva Atkins.
District spokesman Walter Woods said the school board approved the expense back in November.
Woods said it's the first time in a decade the school system has taken a top to bottom look at its staffing and salaries.
Woods said the Virginia-based Management Advisory Group identified more than 73 positions to be eliminated, saving the district more than $5 million.