Final Redistricting Map, AP Classes for South Cobb Schools on Board Agenda
The Cobb County Board of Education will discuss the fourth and final South Cobb elementary schools redistricting map at today's work session.
Cobb County School District officials will present the final draft of the redistricting map for South Cobb and Smyrna elementary schools at this morning’s Board of Education work session. The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. in the boardroom at 514 Glover St. in Marietta.
A final public hearing regarding the school closures will be held before the next school board meeting on Feb. 23 at 5:30 p.m. in the Central Office Boardroom.
Parents and stakeholders can speak to board members about the proposed closures of Sky View and Brown elementary schools during a final public hearing, which will be held at 5:30 p.m. before the Feb. 23 board meeting in at 514 Glover St. in Marietta.
Many parents may be unable to make that time, and Chief SPLOST Administrative Officer Doug Shepard said parents can still voice their opinions about the school closures during the public comment period of the regular board meeting as well.
No one showed at the last public hearing regarding school closures, which was also held at 5:30 p.m. before the last school board meeting on Jan. 26.
On our Facebook page, South Cobb Patch readers gave several reasons why no one showed on Jan. 26:
Amia Freeman, an Austell parent, posted, "It's open house at the High School and no one actually gets off work til 5:30/6. Why would they schedule when no one could actually be there."
"Well maybe they didn't want anyone else having anything to say about it. With traffic and all what parent can get there on time?" -Christina Moulder-Jones
"Its Cobb County...they do what they want anyway ...(balanced school calendar is no more)" -Nicole Verner
"Most felt that regardless we wouldn't be heard, there is a second meeting in Feb that I had planned on attending, schedule conflicts last night," posted Erin Stack, Sky View school council president.
Also the board will hear and discuss options to keep and add Advanced Placement classes to South Cobb schools.
Vice Chairman David Morgan, who serves South Cobb schools, has said multiple times at his town hall meetings that high-achieving students should be able to receive classes and curriculum that will further their learning. Since most of classroom time is spent helping low-performing students, these students are often ignored, Morgan said.
The board will spend a good deal of the meeting dissecting the district’s strategic plan as well. Chief Academic Officer Dr. Judith Jones will present an overview of the plan and board members will discuss possible revisions to the plan, which was adopted in 2009.
District Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa said in a recent MDJ article, ““We have too many specific things that people don’t have much ownership in,” he said.
The plan is set to be in place until 2014.