Legislatiors this year cut the DeKalb school board from nine to seven.

The new rule was passed as a rider on other legislation, deepening a public split between north DeKalb and chiefly Republican supporters and their south DeKalb Democrat colleagues.

And Republican Sen. Fran Millar of Dunwoody said he’s not done with education reform.

“DeKalb still spends a lot of money with little result,” he said.

Millar said he’s looking at ideas like capping the property tax millage rate that the school board can levy or limiting what the board can do with that money.

And that may seem simple compared to what could be coming next year: a proposal for a new city of Brookhaven.

House Bill 636, authored by Republican Rep. Mike Jacobs of DeKalb County, cannot pass until next year. But if it does, the residents of Brookhaven would get to vote on incorporation during the 2012 presidential primary.

In Jacobs’ bill, Brookhaven is bounded roughly by Fulton County, Dunwoody, Chamblee, Clairmont Road and I-85. The city’s property tax millage rate — charged on top of county property taxes — would be capped at 4 mills, unless voters approve something higher. There would be a six-member nonpartisan city council, plus a mayor who also votes. The bill gives council the option to create fire and police departments.

If approved by a majority of voters, the city would start business in January 2013, but stay in a transitional relationship with DeKalb County for two years.

By Maggie Lee