Monday, April 29, 2013
The board of education is scheduled to take an initial vote at Monday's called work session.
After two grueling work sessions, the Cobb Board of Education has scheduled another one for Monday as it faces a deadline for tentative approval of the fiscal year 2014 budget. A special meeting has been called for 1 p.m. on Monday as the school board continues to work to close a projected deficit of $86.4 million. Monday's work session will take place in the board room of the Cobb County School District headquarters at 514 Glover Street, Marietta. The meeting also will be live-streamed on the CCSD website. The board is expected to vote for tentative approval, which it is required by law to do in order to advertise a public hearing on the budget. That public hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m., and final budget …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The study showed students, teachers and parents gave Cobb schools a “B” or better in preparing students.
Cobb County School administrators recently presented to the board results from a district-wide survey on the performance of Superintendent Michael Hinojosa. The study showed students, teachers and parents gave Cobb schools a “B” or better in preparing students. The majority of participants also gave Hinojosa a “B” or better for making the right decisions to improve the district. The study, which cost the district $15,000, will be used in Hinojosa’s annual evaluation. Keep up with all the news you care about by subscribing to our free email newsletter, liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Teacher layoffs have not been recommended as the projected budget deficit for FY 2014 has jumped to $86.4 million.
The chief financial officer for the Cobb County School District is proposing five furlough days, hundreds of school-level staff reductions, borrowing from reserve funds and cancelling an employee cost-of-living increase to help balance a fiscal year 2014 budget deficit that has grown to an estimated $86.4 million. The proposed cuts do not include a recommendation for teacher layoffs, but savings through attrition. In a special budget presentation to the Cobb Board of Education, chief financial officer Brad Johnson said his estimates were revised up from nearly $80 million earlier this year, largely due to rising insurance costs for district employees. He is projecting $894 million in expenses against $807.6 million in anticipated revenues…
Friday, March 1, 2013
The Cobb school superintendent's contract was due to expire on June 30.
With no discussion, the Cobb Board of Education voted Thursday night to extend the contract of Superintendent Michael Hinojosa through the end of calendar year 2014. By a 5-2 vote, the board approved an extension -- which is not a renewal -- for Hinojosa, whose initial two-year contract was to have ended on June 30 of this year. Board member Kathleen Angelucci tried inserting an amendment to delay the decision pending the results of surveys from staff, teachers and parents, but her motion gained the support of only one other colleague, David Banks. They voted against the extension, with board chairman Randy Scamihorn, vice chairman Brad Wheeler and members Scott Sweeney, David Morgan and Tim Stultz voting in favor. "I'm excited about it," …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The Cobb and Marietta school superintendents are panelists at today's National Alternative Education Association gathering.
Thursday, February 7
From a press release issued by the Cobb County School District: Dr. Michael Hinojosa, Superintendent for the Cobb County School District, will serve as one of several guest speakers in a panel discussion of public school leaders at the National Alternative Education Association (NAEA) Annual Conference Feb. 6-8 in Atlanta. Dr. Hinojosa will be joined on the Superintendent’s Panel by Marietta City Schools Superintendent Dr. Emily Lembeck; Richard Storm, principal of Union Alternative School in Oklahoma; Susie Bunch, Director of Schools for Lexington, Tennessee City School system and Anthony Pack, Superintendent of Monroe County Schools in Forsyth County, Georgia. The NAEA is a support and advocacy organization for educators who work with …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The successor to Rick Beaulieu is likely to be appointed at Thursday night's business meeting.
The appointment of a new principal for Pope High School is on the agenda for Thursday night's Cobb Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Michael Hinojosa recently appointed Rick Beaulieu an assistant area superintendent for the Cobb County School District. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the school district board room, located at 514 Glover Street in Marietta, with an executive session slated for 6 p.m. The school board is also expected to approve the renewal of charter school status for Walton High School in East Cobb. But another charter petition figures to be the most hotly contested item on the agenda. Supporters of the proposed Smyrna Academy of Excellence are upset by Hinojosa's continued objections. SAE would be a K-12 …
Friday, May 18, 2012
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 …
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 layoffs to help eliminate a projected $62 million deficit. Cobb County School District Chief Financial Officer Mike Addison 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, writing over the weekend in East Cobb Patch and Northeast Cobb Patch, questioned most of the proposed cuts. Banks, who …
Friday, April 13, 2012
The Cobb school superintendent wants to avoid cutting teachers to balance the budget.
Friday, April 13, 2012
Superintendent Michael Hinojosa would rather dip deeper into reserves than resort to layoffs if attrition doesn’t meet the Cobb County School District's plan to cut 350 teaching positions. The school system is 200 teachers short of that 350 goal, Hinojosa said during Wednesday’s Cobb Board of Education work session. But even though that’s behind the predicted pace, he said he expects attrition to do the fiscal dirty work. Last year Cobb schools lost 320 teachers from this point until the end of the school year, Hinojosa said. “I think it’s unfortunate, the bit of news that you bring up—the people leaving aren’t matching up to expectations—because the last thing we want to be in position to do is to lay off teachers,” said board member Tim …
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Apply by Monday to help set the 2013-14 Cobb school schedule.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
The Cobb County School District is forming a 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—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 …