As promised last fall, Cobb County School District is creating a school calendar committee and they’re looking for PTA members to serve on it.
The school board 2011 to switch from a balanced calendar starting Aug. 1 to a more traditional calendar starting Aug. 15 for the 2011-2012 school year. It’s an ongoing controversy that Dr. Michael Hinojosa, Cobb County’s superintendent, inherited when he was sworn in as the system’s superintendent in July. Hinojosa announced his intentions to create a calendar advisory committee at a town hall meeting last fall.
CCSD currently seeks two PTA members from each of Cobb County’s four PTA Councils to serve on the advisory committee with teachers, administrators and community representatives. Donnette Konneker, PTSA president, said several Griffin PTSA parents expressed interest in representing the Jessye Coleman Council, the PTA Council for most Smyrna schools.
“I would think that in general, the PTSA parents and volunteers are involved more than other community members," she said. "They are in the school, they are aware of how different issues, to include the calendar, affect student behavior, and achievement. The most important question concerning which calendar Cobb County adopts, is what is best for the majority of our students, staff, and families. Of course, the calendar that is adopted should be fiscally responsible as well. I believe PTA members would have valuable input to share with the committee.”
The committee will meet three to five times beginning in August and will present their recommendations to Hinojosa in September. Those interested in serving can find an application form with their PTA Council or at the CCSD website. Applications must be submitted to Lori Sweet, Georgia PTA's ninth district director by Monday, March 26. Applications can be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to 1471 Sweet Bottom Circle, Marietta, Ga. 30064.