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School Calendar Proposals Increase

The Cobb school board was presented nine different calendars on Wednesday.

Sorting through nine calendar proposals for the 2013-14 school year will occupy a good bit of the Cobb Board of Education's for the next couple of weeks.

That's how many different proposals were presented during Wednesday's work session. The board is expected to vote at its business meeting on Oct. 25, but the job of whittling down that list has become more complicated.

Board member David Banks and Superintendent Michael Hinojosa detailed their calendars prior to the work session.

According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, board member Alison Bartlett also has submitted a proposal (see attached PDF), as has a calendar committee created last year at the behest of Hinojosa, who said during the meeting he has no preference.

Livin In Smyrna October 11, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Were we not thrusted by the school board to "try" the bakanced calender for 3 years? Try it they said. We did. We didn't want it but we did. Then we liked it - yes majority did! They even asked for votes and the BALANCED Calender won! Oh no that wasn't what the Board wanted. Parents, students and teachers voted on the balanced calender. It had the most votes. BOARD said NO you must go back to traditional. Why give the candy if you are just going to jerk the kids around. Absentees were down, teachers were happier, staff was happier, parents were happier, community pulled together and had wonderful camps for those weeks the kids were out. I have one child and we loved it. If we live in a democratic society why do the idiots (time spent on a calender that could be used for meaningful purposes of establishing education guidelines and improved goals) waste time on trivial things that the public voted on?
another comment October 12, 2012 at 07:49 PM
The monkey survey was not a valid vote!! It was manipulated to such a point that 3x as many teachers voted as the school district employees. The Voters voted in the only place that counted in the voting both, by voting out board members who voted for the balanced calandar. The new board members, then changed the calander to what they campaigned on. The moron David Banks, who lied when he campaigned for the traditional calendar, but then flipflopped to the balanced calander is no conservative. He has cost Cobb County thousands of dollars by keep on bringing this calander issue up. It was voted on at the only venue that counts the ballot box. Not the monkey survey. The voters spoke their.
Cindy October 16, 2012 at 11:43 PM
I work for Cobb County Schools. We were given three different calendars to look at, and had the opportunity to give our opinions on each of them, before the first meeting of the new calendar committee. Each calendar that we were shown had the breaks in late September or early October. The break in February was shown as a four day weekend, or as a week off. We spent a good bit of time giving input. It is so comforting to me to know that, once again, this board is going to do what they want to. Please stop asking for our opinions. Just do what you want to, and know that come election time, we will do what we want to, without asking for your input.

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