Tuesday, April 23, 2013
"At some point," Chairman Randy Scamihorn of North Cobb said, "we can't raise class size any more and we can't cut teachers. It's just physically impossible."
Members of the Cobb Board of Education remain far apart on how to close a significant budget deficit and have delayed an initial vote on a fiscal year 2014 spending plan for the Cobb County School District. At the end of a nearly four-hour work session on Monday, the board agreed, in a 5-2 vote, to conduct another budget meeting next Monday, April 29, at 1 p.m. The board was to slated adopt a tentative budget Thursday, an action that meets a legal requirement to advertise a public hearing. That hearing, scheduled for May 14, must be publicly advertised 14 days in advance. Next Monday's work session is 15 days ahead of the hearing. The board has scheduled May 16 for final budget approval. But Monday's work session further revealed sharp …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Randy Scamihorn is a former North Cobb High administrator.
Randy Scamihorn, the freshman school board member from Kennesaw, was elected chair of the Cobb Board of Education on Wednesday, the same day that he took office. A retired Cobb school teacher and administrator with a background in the military, Scamihorn said he is "confident" he can do the job. "In the military, when you are enlisted, you learn to roll your sleeves up depending on the situation," he said. "You build the team and the team gets the job done." Scamihorn, 63, was elected without opposition to the Post 1 seat that covers Acworth and Kennesaw after his predecessor, Lynnda Eagle, decided not to seek another term. He recently answered questions about gun control, the upcoming referendum to extend the Education SPLOST and his …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Randy Scamihorn of Kennesaw took office Wednesday.
On the same day that they became Cobb Board of Education members for the first time, Randy Scamihorn and Brad Wheeler were elected to lead it. During Wednesday's organizational meeting, the board elected Scamihorn to serve as chairman for the 2013 calendar year and chose Wheeler vice chairman. They assumed their new posts shortly after receiving the oath of office, along with incumbents David Banks and David Morgan, who began their second terms. The board also voted to set its 2013 official meeting calendar, with minor changes to the dates recommended by Superintendent Michael Hinojosa. The leadership results were a bit of a surprise, given previous public interest expressed in the chairman post by Morgan, last year's vice chairman but who…
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
North Cobb's Randy Scamihorn is one of two newly elected representatives who will be sworn in on Wednesday.
Tuesday, January 8
Four of the seven members of the Cobb Board of Education will be sworn in during ceremonies on Wednesday, including Randy Scamihorn of North Cobb. The swearing-in ceremony takes place at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Cobb County School District Central Office board room, 514 Glover Street, Marietta. That meeting will be followed by an organizational meeting at 5 p.m. Incumbents David Morgan, a South Cobb Democrat, and David Banks, an East Cobb Republican, will be sworn in to serve second terms. Also taking the oath of office on Wednesday is Brad Wheeler, a Republican who defeated incumbent Alison Bartlett in a West Cobb-area election. Scamihorn was unopposed in his race for a North Cobb-area seat. He is also a Republican and succeeds fellow …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
One contested race is for sheriff, but most predictors don’t expect much of a contest.
Few of Cobb County’s elected officials up for election this year have challengers in today’s election. Some had to only win the primary in July. In other cases, there never was an opponent. One contested race is for sheriff, but most predictors don’t expect much of a contest. Cobb County’s Sheriff Neil Warren is facing off today against Democratic challenger Gregory Gilstrap, whom he soundly defeated in 2008. Warren was sworn-in as interim sheriff in December 2003, following the previous sheriff’s resignation. He was first elected as the county’s 42nd sheriff in November 2004. Unchallenged in the recent Republican primary, Warren oversees a department where duties include courthouse security, county jail operations and executing criminal …