Friday, May 18, 2012
The Board of Education has until June 30 to find a compromise that at least four members can support for fiscal 2013.
The Cobb County School District has to go back to the chalkboard after the Board of Education failed to approve the fiscal 2013 budget Thursday night. The school board has until June 30 to pass a budget for the year that starts July 1, but after the extensive debate Thursday, the path forward is unclear. A special meeting will be scheduled to search for an answer. The seven board members staked out at least four distinct positions on the proposed $841.9 million budget—none of them matching the administration's recommendation. Superintendent Michael Hinojosa and Chief Financial Officer Mike Addison entered the meeting recommending the same budget that the school board passed April 26 on a preliminary basis. It features 350 fewer teachers …
The Cobb Board of Education voted 4-3 to allow CCSD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa to begin fundraising efforts for Teach for America for the 2013-2014 school year.
In a 4-3 vote at Thursday night's nearly four-hour meeting, the Cobb Board of Education authorized Hinojosa's fundraising efforts for up to 25 TFA teachers, who will likely work in South Cobb during the 2013-2014 school year. Board members Kathleen Angelucci, Alison Bartlett and Tim Stultz voted against the measure. In order for the TFA teachers to be hired, the board established four stipulations at its May 9 worksession: Possible Fee Increase for TFA Training The fee required for each TFA teacher pays for the teacher's five-week training prior to entering the classroom and the ongoing training each teacher receives regularly throughout her two-year commitment. Hinojosa said the training fee for each TFA teacher has increased from $2,000 …
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
The Cobb County school board voted 4-3 to proceed immediately with the full $14.5 million renovation project.
The full $14.5 million Harrison High School construction project, including the ninth-grade center, will proceed this summer after all. The Cobb County Board of Education voted 4-3 this afternoon to move ahead with the project, reversing a 4-3 decision March 22 to break up the work and postpone the ninth-grade center indefinitely. It was the third time in 15 months that the school board voted on the Harrison project, and the third time the vote was 4-3. The only difference in the votes has been Vice Chairman David Morgan of South Cobb’s Post 3. He joined Lynnda Eagle of West Cobb, David Banks of Northeast and East Cobb, and Scott Sweeney of East Cobb in voting to put the ninth-grade center at Harrison and award the architectural contract …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
The Cobb County Board of Education will meet Wednesday to decide the fate of the Harrison project.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
A new ninth-grade center at Harrison High School that was shot down in March will face a revote during the Cobb County Board of Education's Wednesday morning meeting. The Harrison PTSA and school leadership have rallied the community to lobby for a different outcome regarding the $14.5 million Harrison construction project that would include the ninth-grade academy. The revote comes on the heels of a town-hall meeting with board member Alison Bartlett, who faced her new constituents at Harrison Saturday and defended her decision to vote against the project. Bartlett explained her position to about 100 attendees, saying she was perhaps the most fiscally conservative of the board’s seven members, reported the Marietta Daily Journal. She also…
Monday, May 7, 2012
Mike Sansone of Kennesaw says that for the Hoyas, the need for a 9th grade center isn't a matter of feeling entitled.
Monday, May 7, 2012
The following letter to the editor was submitted by Mike Sansone of Kennesaw. To voice your opinions on the issues, e-mail our editor at email@example.com, or become a blogger on Patch. Cobb County School Board member Alison Bartlett held a town hall at Harrison High School this past Saturday night. In an attempt to defend her opposition to the 9th Grade Center as well as voter approved SPLOST 3 projects, Mrs. Bartlett made herself available to the Harrison High School “Hoyas.” Principal Griggers moderated, and as usual for all Mrs. Bartlett Town Halls, questions were submitted on note cards, and verbal questions were not permitted. Principal Griggers received the questions, and asked them aloud for Mrs. Bartlett to answer. At the …
Saturday, May 5, 2012
The Cobb County school board member will hold a meeting at the high school at 6:30 p.m. to explain why she opposes the ninth-grade center.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Cobb County Board of Education member Alison Bartlett will face her new constituents in the Harrison High community today and explain her opposition to the proposed ninth-grade center at the school. Bartlett will hold a town-hall meeting in the high school’s theater at 6:30 p.m., the Harrison PTSA confirmed in an email blast Friday afternoon. “We hope to have a good turnout to show Ms. Bartlett the level of concern in the community over this issue,” the PTSA’s co-presidents, Dana Douglas and Janie Dollar, said in the email. The meeting comes four days before the school board is scheduled to revote on a $14.5 million Harrison construction project that would include the ninth-grade academy. The Harrison PTSA and school leadership have …
Friday, December 9, 2011
The Cobb County Board of Education approves a memorandum promising to comply with state laws on records and meetings without admitting past violations.
A Georgia senior assistant attorney general focused on the Cobb County Board of Education’s future rather than past “serious accusations” during a training session Thursday on open records and public meetings. Stefan Ritter said the allegations of open meetings violations weren’t bad enough to warrant more than the training and a memorandum of understanding to ensure compliance with state laws. “We did not think this was as egregious as some of the violations we’ve seen” elsewhere, Ritter told Patch. “Nonetheless, we look at this in a forward way. Our goal is not so much to punish people, but to seek compliance to the law.” The memorandum of understanding says that if no evidence of new open records or open meetings violations comes up in …