Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Wednesday's work session will also include a discussion on new playgrounds and resurfacing at Ford Elementary.
Some Cobb Board of Education members aren't happy with proposed cuts to the projected fiscal year 2014 budget deficit of $86.4 million, and they've asked for other recommendations as they continue their deliberations. The budget update is on the agenda of Wednesday's school board work session, which begins at 8:30 a.m. in the board room at the Cobb County School District central office, 514 Glover Street, Marietta. The meeting also will be streamed live on the CCSD website. At an April 3 meeting, board members David Banks and Kathleen Angelucci were especially vocal about some of the proposed cuts that they believe would affect the quality of classroom instruction. They also were at odds with Superintendent Michael Hinojosa and Chief …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
More particulars about fiscal year 2014 will be presented at a school board work session Wednesday.
Tuesday, February 12
The Cobb Board of Education will hear more about the fiscal year 2014 budget process during a work session Wednesday. The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. in the board room of the Cobb County School District central office located at 514 Glover Street in Marietta. A public comment session takes place at the start of the meeting. Cobb schools chief financial officer Brad Johnson told board members last month that preliminary figures for fiscal year 2014 show a shortfall of $79.5 million. The creation of a calendar for budget approval also is on the agenda. The board typically adopts a budget in May, which then goes into effect July 1. Other items include the possible appointment of a new public safety director for the school district. James …
Commissioners this morning are also expected to conduct the second of three public hearings related to a federal program that checks for illegal immigrants.
A program that fines motorists who zip by Cobb school buses without stopping generated more than $58,000 during its first two months. During this morning's Board of Commissioners meeting, which is scheduled for 9 a.m. at the County Building, 100 Cherokee St., officials are expected to split the first payout from the program between the Cobb County School District, the Cobb County Police Department and an outside vendor. Police Sgt. Dana Pierce said the program is not about revenue. "It is about making a safer Cobb for our children," he said. It was the death of 5-year-old Mountain View Elementary School student Karla Campos, who was struck by an elderly driver as she exited her school bus in 2009, that first prompted calls for greater stop…
Friday, August 10, 2012
A proposal to take action against newly re-elected member David Banks will resume in September.
The Cobb Board of Education was supposed to discuss a possible censure measure against one of its own members on Wednesday, but that move has been postponed. Board member Kathleen Angelucci, who last month proposed censuring colleague David Banks, asked for the delay so the full board could take up the matter. Fellow board member Lynnda Eagle was absent from Wednesday's regular work session. A discussion of the options facing the board has been put on the agenda of its Sept. 12 work session. "If this board does vote to proceed" with a motion to censure, Cobb school board attorney Clem Doyle said during the meeting, "I would recommend that it be confined to the issue at hand, in order to be fair to all." Angelucci, who represents Post 4 (…
Thursday, July 12, 2012
The incumbent Cobb school board member said he "will not be held hostage" by the Cobb County Association of Educators, which supports his opponent.
A week after his primary opponent was endorsed by the leading teachers' group in the county, Cobb Board of Education member David Banks has lashed out at both. Banks, who is seeking a second term to the Post 5 seat in East and Northeast Cobb, was highly critical of the Cobb County Association Association of Educators for its support of Lisa Hanson in the July 31 Republican primary. "The one thing that is very apparent and should be of utmost concern to all Post 5 voters is the fact that teacher union support is totally predicated on absolute adherence to their agenda," Banks said in his e-mail newsletter distributed on Monday. "I support and have strongly supported Cobb teachers when that support was in the best interest of student …
Monday, May 7, 2012
The Cobb County Board of Education is holding a public forum Monday and hearing public comments Wednesday before finalizing the fiscal 2013 budget.
Monday, May 7, 2012
You still have time to make your voice heard on the fiscal 2013 budget for the Cobb County School District, but not much. The Cobb Board of Education is holding its annual budget public forum at 7 tonight at the Central Office, 514 Glover St., Marietta. It's an opportunity to make comments and ask questions about the $841.9 million budget for the year beginning July 1. The preliminary budget the school board approved on a 6-1 vote April 26 uses five furlough days, a 175-day school year, a half-year delay in step pay raises, $21.2 million from the reserve fund and a reduction of 350 teaching jobs, among other cuts, to close a projected $62.5 million deficit. If you can't make tonight's meeting, you can speak during the public comment period…
Friday, May 4, 2012
Now's the time to try to influence the Cobb spending plan for fiscal 2013.
Friday, May 4, 2012
The $841.9 million tentative budget for fiscal 2013, which runs from July 1 to June 30, 2013, is based on a projected enrollment of 106,591 students. The Board of Education approved the budget 6-1 on Thursday. It closes a projected $62.5 million deficit by increasing class sizes by an average of two students, reducing the number of teachers by 350, furloughing employees for five days, cutting the school year to 175 days from 180, making media center paraprofessionals part-timers, delaying step raises by half a year, and spending $21 million of reserve funds, among other actions. The school board will hold a public forum on the budget at 7 p.m. on May 7 at the Central Office. Members will discuss changes at their 8:30 a.m. work session May …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
A preliminary vote to address a projected $62 million budget deficit headlines Thursday's school board agenda.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
The first major step in what figures to be some painful budget-cutting decisions by the Cobb County Board of Education begins tonight. The school board is slated to vote on a tentative fiscal year 2013 budget that includes a recommendation for hundreds of teaching and staff reductions to help eliminate a projected $62 million deficit. Mike Addison, the Cobb County School District's chief financial officer, is suggesting that 350 staff cuts, imposing furlough days, increasing class sizes and other measures, including using $21 million in reserve funds, be undertaken to balance the budget. But school board member David Banks questioned most of the proposed cuts. Banks, who represents the Pope, Lassiter and Sprayberry districts, said that…
Friday, April 13, 2012
Construction costs are going to go up, and the $460,000 already spent on the project won't provide any benefit because of the postponement, Timothy Paradiso said at Wednesday's work session.
Delaying the Harrison Ninth Grade Center is a “waste,” and the costs of building it later are “only going to go up,” said the lone public commenter at Wednesday’s Cobb Board of Education work session. “To delay it does not make sense,” said Timothy Paradiso of Powder Springs, later adding: “I think the time is now.” After a lengthy back-and-forth discussion on March 22, the board voted 4-3 in favor of pulling the center at Harrison High from a $14.5 million bid package—funded by EPSLOST—that included several smaller projects: track repair and resurfacing, theater renovations, emergency generator replacement and more. Board member Alison Bartlett led the charge, saying that the district should re-bid those smaller Harrison projects; focus …
Friday, March 23, 2012
Apply by Monday to help set the 2013-14 Cobb school schedule.
Friday, March 23, 2012
The Cobb County School District is forming a calendar advisory committee proposed by Superintendent Michael Hinojosa last fall and, after much discussion, approved by the Board of Education. Each of the county’s four PTA councils—East Cobb, Jessye Coleman, South Cobb 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 is that the committee can come up with a calendar that bridges the bitter divide between advocates of a balanced calendar and those who favor a traditional calendar. A balanced calendar starts at the …