Here’s a look at what’s coming up in the week ahead for Smyrna-Vinings.
Vinings residents who live near Woodland Brook Drive are invited to an informational meeting to learn more about the drainage project that will prevent flooding in the neighborhood, but close the street for four to six weeks this summer. The meeting hosted by District 2 Commissioner Bob Ott and Cobb County Department of Transportation begins at 5 p.m. at the Vinings Public Library.
Cobb County School Board meets Thursday at 7 p.m. to legally adopt the 2013 budget. The preliminary budget the school board approved on a 6-1 vote April 26 uses five furlough days, a 175-day school year, a half-year delay in step pay raises, $21.2 million from the reserve fund and a reduction of 350 teaching jobs, among other cuts, to close a projected $62.5 million deficit. Only one person spoke at the public budget hearing on May 7.
Teach for America is also back on the agenda for Thursday. In January Cobb County schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa pulled a proposal to bring 50 Teach for America instructors to South Cobb schools. This decision was criticized by some, including one Smyrna-Vinings Patch blogger.
At a recent school board work session Tim Stultz, Smyrna-Vinings’s school board member, echoed remarks from other board members who felt TFA teachers could help close South Cobb’s achievement gap, but the timing was off considering the board was considering cutting 300 to 400 teaching positions.
Do Some Good
There’s a Red Cross Bloood Drive at the Smyrna Community Center Monday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Don’t forget the 7th annual Smyrna Wine Stroll is this Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. All the net proceeds from the event will benefit the Smyrna Public Safety Foundation, which provides support to Smyrna’s police officers and firefighters. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased online.
The Keep Smyrna Beautiful Garden Tour is also this Saturday. This year’s tour includes seven gardens including the Smyrna Community Garden. Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased at Love Street, Backyard Feed and Seed, Smyrna Recycling Center and the Smyrna Community Center. Tickets are $15 the day of the event and can be purchased at the Taylor-Brawner House.