Monday, April 29, 2013
The board of education is scheduled to take an initial vote at Monday's called work session.
After two grueling work sessions, the Cobb Board of Education has scheduled another one for Monday as it faces a deadline for tentative approval of the fiscal year 2014 budget. A special meeting has been called for 1 p.m. Monday as the school board continues to work to close a projected deficit of $86.4 million. Monday's work session will take place in the board room of the Cobb County School District headquarters at 514 Glover Street, Marietta. The meeting also will be live-streamed on the CCSD website. The board is expected to vote for tentative approval, which it is required by law to do in order to advertise a public hearing on the budget. That public hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m., and final budget approval …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Thursday's Cobb Board of Education will be the last for Lynnda Eagle and Alison Bartlett.
The Cobb Board of Education will say goodbye to two members and hear presentations about technology pilot progams at Thursday night's meeting. The meeting, which includes a public comment period, begins at 7 p.m. in the board room of the Cobb County School District central office, 514 Glover St., Marietta. It will be the final meeting for board members Lynnda Eagle and Alison Barlett, who are leaving after serving one term each. Eagle, a Republican who represents Post 1 (Northwest Cobb), did not seek re-election and will be succeeded by retired teacher Randy Scamihorn, also a Republican. Bartlett, a Democrat who represents Post 7 (a portion of West Cobb), was defeated by Republican Brad Wheeler, a former teacher and administrator, in …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The Cobb Board of Education approved a resolution Wednesday, but heard a strong dose of anti-tax sentiment.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The Cobb Board of Education adopted a resolution this morning to call for a March 2013 referendum to extend the Education SPLOST. But the job of selling voters on a $717 million school construction and maintenance project list figures to be a challenging one, given Cobb's recent SPLOST track record. The one-cent sales tax, if approved by voters, would begin in January 2014 and would be collected through December 2018. But before the vote, representatives of a local taxpayers group and the Georgia Tea Party spoke out against a March referendum. And the chairwoman of the school board's SPLOST citizen oversight panel predicted that the finalized SPLOST IV "notebook" (see attached PDF) will fail at the polls. The board voted only 4-1 to adopt…
Thursday, October 11, 2012
The Cobb school board was presented nine different calendars on Wednesday.
Sorting through nine calendar proposals for the 2013-14 school year will occupy a good bit of the Cobb Board of Education's for the next couple of weeks. That's how many different proposals were presented during Wednesday's work session. The board is expected to vote at its business meeting on Oct. 25, but the job of whittling down that list has become more complicated. Board member David Banks and Superintendent Michael Hinojosa detailed their calendars before the work session. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, board member Alison Bartlett also has submitted a proposal (see attached PDF), as has a calendar committee created last year at the behest of Hinojosa, who said during the meeting he has no preference.
Monday, May 21, 2012
The Cobb County Board of Education approves the same three-furlough-day plan it rejected Thursday as three members change their votes.
We covered the furlough days—the debate and the outcome—in the live blog and the comments, but let's lay it all out here as well. Superintendent Michael Hinojosa's recommendation for the three-furlough-day budget included a calendar placing the furlough days Dec. 21, Feb. 15 and May 30. The logic of those days: David Banks, who represents East and Northeast Cobb, first proposed switching all the furlough days to Feb. 20 to 22, then cutting a day off the end of winter break and moving that vacation day to Feb. 19, creating a weeklong February break just like the former balanced calendar. After a break in the meeting for the staff to work out the alternatives, Banks adjusted his proposal to use two of the furlough days in February, on the …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Watch the video of Thursday night's Board of Education meeting to see how the budget failed, Teach for America passed and more.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
We've replaced the live stream with the two-part recording of the 3½-hour school board meeting, so you can replay the parts of the meeting that interest you most. We'll have more from the meeting in the morning. In the meantime, we welcome suggestions for a budget that could win at least four votes. The Cobb County Board of Education is scheduled to vote tonight on the final fiscal 2013 budget, the school calendar that accommodates the approved furlough days, a contractor to prepare for a SPLOST IV referendum in March 2013, and the pursuit of donations and grants to support 25 Teach for America teachers in South Cobb starting in the 2013-14 school year. The board is meeting at 7 p.m. at the Cobb County School District's Central Office, 514…
Monday, May 7, 2012
Only one person spoke during the only public hearing scheduled on the Cobb County School District's proposed $841.9 million spending plan for fiscal 2013.
So only one person, Educators First head Tana Page, spoke during the public hearing, although to be fair, at least four teachers spoke during the teacher salary hearing at 6:30. You can recap the brief meeting in the CoverItLive blog above. But I'll reiterate the questions from that blog right here. What does the lack of turnout from the public and, for that matter, the board members mean? Do Cobb County residents not care about the schools budget? Are they happy with the proposed spending plan? Do they think the school board doesn't care what they have to say? Let us know what you think in the comment space below. The Cobb County Board of Education is holding its only public hearing on the fiscal 2013 budget for the Cobb County School …
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
The board will vote on Thursday whether the district should foot the bill for the charter schools' access.
Parents with children at Cobb charter schools may now have access to the Cobb County School District’s online reporting system, Pinnacle. On Thursday, the Cobb Board of Education will vote to have the district pay $46,000 over five years to provide access to Pinnacle for the county’s two charter schools–Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy and International Academy of Smyrna. Pinnacle is only available for middle and high school students, their teachers and their parents. Cobb BOE Vice Chairman David Morgan, whose Post 3 serves South Cobb, is behind the big push. Morgan said he wanted this service provided after visiting Atlanta Public Schools a year ago and learning from the district’s charter school liaison that parents of charter …
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Here's your roundup of top stories from Patches in Paulding, Bartow, Douglas, Cherokee and Cobb counties for Dec. 28.
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011
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Friday, August 12, 2011
The Board of Education takes time during a fast work session to shoot down school board member David Banks' proposals.
The Cobb County Board of Education approved a reapportionment map presented by Chairwoman Alison Bartlett on a 5-1 vote at Wednesday morning’s work session. David Banks of Northeast and East Cobb’s Post 5, who presented two different maps to board members the past two weeks, cast the dissenting vote. Lynnda Crowder-Eagle of West Cobb’s Post 1 didn't attend the meeting. Banks said he emailed board members his two reapportionment designs and worked with Crowder-Eagle on his first map. He also said Wednesday that because he did not hear from any board members about his maps, he assumed they had no questions. “I’m greatly concerned that Mr. Banks has made no effort in working with the board as a whole,” Kathleen Angelucci of North Cobb’s Post …