The Cobb Board of Education is holding its at 7 tonight at the Central Office, 514 Glover St., Marietta. It's an opportunity to make comments and ask questions about the $841.9 million budget for the year beginning July 1.
The 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 .
If you can't make tonight's meeting, you can speak during the public-comment period at the start of the school board's Wednesday work session. That meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Central Office.
The school board expects to receive budget alternatives from Chief Financial Officer Mike Addison at that meeting. The board asked for an option with three furlough days, a 177-day school year and the restoration of elementary school library paraprofessionals to full time. Those changes combined would cost about $7 million: $6.1 million for the two unfurloughed days; $400,000 for transportation for the two school days; and $590,000 for the paraprofessionals.
You also can post comments on the school district's budget page and at the bottom of this article to share your thoughts on the best ways to balance the budget.
The school board plans to enact the final budget at its .