Friday, April 26, 2013
Opposition to Common Core curriculum standards resulted in 4-3 votes against new texts starting with the 2013-14 academic year.
The battle against Common Core curriculum standards came to Cobb County Thursday night. Opponents of the federally-embraced guidelines filled the Cobb Board of Education board room to strongly protest spending $7.5 million for new mathematics textbooks in the Cobb County School District. And after some heated debate, and by 4-3 votes in two separate votes, the board made those opponents happy in rejecting the measures. They were at their most vocal right before the votes, when board member Kathleen Angelucci of Northeast Cobb pleaded for more time due to a "groundswell" of concern about the new standards in numerous states, including Georgia. "When Common Core was adopted, nobody knew what was in it," she said. "It's like Obamacare. You …
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 …
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, April 27, 2012
The Kennesaw high school's full $14.5 million project will get another vote for school board approval May 9.
Harrison High School’s full $14.5 million package of renovations has another chance. Cobb County Board of Education member Lynnda Eagle, who represents Harrison as part of her West Cobb district, asked Chairman Scott Sweeney to add the SPLOST-financed project to the agenda for the school board’s May 9 work session. Sweeney agreed, and David Banks also backed the move. Sweeney added the Harrison project as an action item, meaning the board will reconsider its March 22 decision to delay the school’s proposed ninth-grade center indefinitely and proceed with other planned repairs and improvements separately. Eagle’s request, in the final moments of a 2½-hour meeting, might offer real hope for the Hoya Nation. She had explained during the board…
Friday, March 23, 2012
The 4-3 vote Thursday night does leave less costly SPLOST projects for Harrison High.
It looks like Harrison High School will still be getting a ninth grade center, but following Thursday night’s Board of Education meeting, the matter is now a question of when. The board was scheduled to vote on $14.5 million worth of renovations and additions to Harrison High, including the center, emergency generator replacement, track repair and resurfacing, theater repairs, and sports lighting. The projects were approved by Cobb voters as part of the 2008 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. But following a motion for approval by board member Lynnda Crowder-Eagle and a second by David Banks, Alison Bartlett proposed removing the ninth grade center from the project list and bidding out all the less costly projects separately. “The …
Thursday, March 22, 2012
The Cobb County Board of Education voted 4-3 to postpone the Ninth Grade Center at Harrison High and rebid the rest of the renovations at the school.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
The Cobb County Board of Education voted 4-3 tonight to drop the planned Ninth Grade Center from the proposed $14.5 million project at Harrison High and to proceed with the rest of the repairs and renovations. That means the Ninth Grade Center will wait until an unknown time to be built, although this board seemed to agree it should go at Harrison eventually. The rest of the work won't be started this summer because more architectural work and planning will be needed before the project goes back out to bid. Central Cobb's Alison Bartlett made the motion to delay the center, and she was joined in the majority by North Cobb's Kathleen Angelucci, Smyrna's Tim Stultz and South Cobb's David Morgan. You can read the debate in the live blog above…
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Included is the West Cobb 9th Grade Center, similar to the ones already at North Cobb and South Cobb high schools.
The Cobb Board of Education is scheduled to discuss Wednesday using $14,531,600 in SPLOST III funds for the West Cobb 9th Grade Center addition to Harrison High and other renovations to the school. The center will be an add-on to the school in its front parking lot and will be where freshmen will have “much of their core classes consolidated into one area,” school district spokesman Doug Goodwin said. North Cobb and South Cobb high schools have similar centers. A rendering of the center is attached. Awarded to Swofford Construction out of Austell, the $14,531,600 is 5 percent over the original project amount of $13,735,521. SPLOST III contingency funds, or money leftover from under-budgeted SPLOST projects, will be used to cover the …
Thursday, October 27, 2011
The Cobb County Board of Education also will consider paving a bus parking lot and using most of the SPLOST reserve fund at tonight's meeting.
The Cobb County Board of Education is expected to vote tonight on an administration-backed school calendar rule that would guarantee at least nine months’ notice for calendar changes. The new rule would create a 29-member committee of community members and district employees that would recommend at least two calendar options to the school board. David Banks of East and Northeast Cobb’s Post 5 told Patch he would prefer for the board to receive “one option that I accept or reject.” “The problem with two is that if one is chosen, the other side has conflict—not only on the board, but in the community,” he said. “So why put that out there?” As he stated at the board’s Oct. 12 work session, Banks thinks the calendar rule modification has no …
Thursday, August 25, 2011
The Cobb County Board of Education also will act on a major high school renovation project at its meeting tonight.
The Cobb County Board of Education will recognize Kennesaw Mountain High theater instructor Coy Dunn as the school district's 2011-12 Teacher of the Year at the high school level during its monthly meeting tonight at 7 in the Central Office boardroom in Marietta. The board also will honor the Teachers of the Year at the other academic levels: During the discussion portion of the agenda, the school board will vote on a scaled-back $17 million renovation project for east Cobb's Wheeler High School. The low construction bid for the project from Hogan Construction Group came in $2.6 million over budget, but Doug Shepard, the chief administrative officer for the school district's SPLOST projects, told the board at its Aug. 10 work session that …