Thursday, October 25, 2012
By a 4-2 vote, the board adopted Superintendent Michael Hinojosa's recommendation to begin the 2013-14 school year on Aug. 7.
The Cobb Board of Education adopted an academic year 2013-14 calendar Thursday night that left some members of a specially-appointed calendar committee disappointed. By a 4-2 vote, the board approved a recommendation by Superintendent Michael Hinojosa for a 190-day instructional calendar that would begin on Aug. 7, 2013 and conclude on May 21, 2013. Included in the vote was an amendment by board member Alison Bartlett to use fall semester instructional days for possible furlough days that may come up during future budget deliberations. Hinojosa's recommendation was a modification of various proposals considered by the calendar committee, which was made up of parents and school system teachers and staff. While that panel could not come to …
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Apply by Monday to help set the 2013-14 Cobb school schedule.
The chance to stop arguing about the Cobb County School District calendar and start doing something about it has arrived. The school system is forming the calendar advisory committee proposed last fall by Superintendent Michael Hinojosa and, after much discussion, approved by the Board of Education. Each of the county’s four PTA councils—South Cobb, East Cobb, Jessye Coleman and Tom Mathis Sr.—gets two members on the committee, which also will include teachers, administrators and community representatives. The plan is for the committee to meet three to five times, starting in August, and recommend a 2013-14 calendar to Hinojosa in September. The hope, perhaps futile, is that the committee can come up with a calendar that bridges the bitter…
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
The Cobb Parents site says it's not too late to change the 2012-13 Cobb County School District schedule.
Backers of a balanced Cobb County School District calendar have launched a website in the hope of changing the schedule for next school year. Cobb Parents started last week and offers a link to email the seven Cobb Board of Education members at once. The goal is to persuade them to switch from the current traditional calendar to the balanced calendar the district used in 2010-11. The board dumped the balanced calendar with less than six months’ notice Feb. 17 on a 4-3 vote, and the Cobb Parents organizers hope for a repeat in reverse. “There is a unique opportunity for Cobb County to come together to give input to the board on the 2012-2013 calendar,” said Thom Gray, a father of four, including three in Cobb County schools. “The board’s …
Friday, July 29, 2011
An Austell parent said the "black list" is similar to McCarthyism.
Three of the four Cobb Board of Education members at the center of an inquiry by the state attorney general declined to comment Thursday during a contentious school board meeting that also included allegations of a "black list" over the equally heated school calendar issue. A June 27 complaint by Cobb schools parent Tricia Knor to attorney general Sam Olens alleges that the four board members used personal email accounts to possibly conduct official business. When pressed by Lynnda Crowder-Eagle and David Banks during a 20-minute discussion, only Vice Chairman Scott Sweeney of East Cobb was willing to talk. Sweeney turned over the controversial communications from his private account following an Open Records request seeking more than 1,…
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Thom W. Gray: "It’s both clear and disheartening to know that little has changed with the board."
Saturday, June 25, 2011
by Thom W. Gray, Parent In the June 23 meeting of the Cobb County School Board, traditional calendar crusaders Kathleen Angelucci (Post 4) and Scott Sweeney (Post 6) gave two very different but equally revealing commentaries leading up to the defeat of the modified calendar proposal. Of the two, Angelucci spoke first. “As the facts are concerned,” she said, “they have been reported erroneously through means that did not come from the district. They came from personal perspective on this.” Since she claims that there are erroneous reports, she must have compared them to the correct ones. Like the answer key to a test, you have to know the right answer before marking one wrong. Ms. Angelucci, the community is ready to see the answer key. We’…
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
The author presents data on the recently completed school year that utilized the balanced calendar.
As the balanced school calendar ended this year, several Cobb parents decided to collect some data to determine how successful or unsuccessful this year was. The evidence is clear - the balanced calendar is not the “vacation” calendar that some people in the county want to believe it is. I am not copying their data here - but if you want to read it , you can find the information at http://bit.ly/mCOCuH and http://bit.ly/iwz0UF. Basically, these areas showed improvement this past year: So, with what appears to be overwhelming data, why is there such a controversy? Where is the data for the traditional calendar? Supposedly, Kathleen Angelucci and Scott Sweeney have data to show the benefit of the traditional calendar, but as far as I know no…