The two school board members representing the Kennesaw area are focusing on ways to elevate the and the county Board of Education.
Kathleen Angelucci, who represents and high schools, and Lynnda Crowder-Eagle, who represents , , and high schools, joined their colleagues on the school board in providing a glimpse at their core beliefs and values during Wednesday’s board work session.
South Cobb board member David Morgan opened the discussion of the board’s strategic plan and its priorities and vision.
Although board Chairwoman Alison Bartlett suggested taking up those issues at the board’s planned summer retreat after a new superintendent is on the job, Morgan asked his fellow board members to reveal their priorities and vision for the board.
Morgan said it is “dire that we, ASAP, establish some priorities and core beliefs, or vision, so that we can have a definitive direction.”
Bartlett agreed with Morgan’s assessment, but she also said it is important early on to be a “team” with the new superintendent.
In response, Angelucci said she looked at nearby districts for things that “struck a chord” with her and what would be good for the board as a whole. One thing that stands out for her: “The needs of students must be placed ahead of the wants of adults.”
Crowder-Eagle said she wants to “focus on continuous student improvement despite budgetary constraints.”
Also during the meeting, the board briefly took up East Cobb/Northeast Cobb member David Banks’ suggestion to use the $11 million saved from SPLOST construction projects this year for purchases of textbooks, technology and transportation.
Bartlett asked SPLOST Chief Administrative Officer Doug Shepard to compile information about the budget surplus for the board to go over during its July work session and to get information to the school system’s Facilities & Technology Committee.
After reporting at the board’s April 28 meeting that 10 principals are retiring from the Cobb district and an assistant principal is resigning, Chief Human Resources Officer Donald Dunnigan presented a report Wednesday on contract extensions, promotions, reassignments and other moves.
The board unanimously approved the personnel report, which included extensions for the district’s Executive Cabinet: Chief Financial Officer Mike Addison, Director of Communications Jay Dillon, Dunnigan, Chief Accountability and Resource Officer Judith Jones, Chief Technology Officer Chris Ragsdale, and Shepard. Extensions also were offered to Assistant Superintendents Robert Benson, James Carter, Dale Gaddis, Angela Huff, Cheryl Hungerford, Carol Seay, Alice Stouder and Edward Thayer.
Other personnel moves involving Kennesaw schools:
- Assistant Principal Eric Robinson is being reassigned to be a teacher at the school.
- Assistant Principal Tawanna Rusk has resigned.
- teachers Brett Goelz and Bruce Jenkins have resigned.