How Bloated is the Cobb County School District?

An East Cobb parent dug into some of the details, and says she didn't find much fat in the front office.

An East Cobb parent found that Cobb Superintendent Michael Hinojosa's salary package is far from being the highest in metro Atlanta. Patch File Photo
An East Cobb parent found that Cobb Superintendent Michael Hinojosa's salary package is far from being the highest in metro Atlanta. Patch File Photo
In her latest Town Square post on East Cobb Patch, Michelle Sollicito -- a parent in the Eastvalley Elementary School district -- writes that she recently went looking at some Cobb County School District numbers to find bloated spending, especially at the administrative level.

Initially she thought the salary package for Superintendent Michael Hinojosa was too high, but changed her mind on closer inspection.

"What I did find was a DIRE need for funds," she wrote, suggesting that more state funding be provided, and that changes in local taxing solutions also be considered.

Here's the full link to her article, and here's her previous commentary that she posted last month about the ongoing financial crisis within the Cobb school district.

Public meetings about the school funding issue are continuing in East Cobb as the Georgia legislature has convened; there's another scheduled for Jan. 23 at Lassiter High School. 

What do you think? Should administrative cuts be made at the Cobb County School District to help alleviate financial problems? Or should other funding sources be considered? Tell us in the comments.

Jacque Cousteu February 09, 2014 at 03:36 PM
Jonquil exceptional real estate values? Most people's homes have declined in value because many homebuyers bought homes they couldn't afford which fell into foreclosure and brought home values down. Michele wonders what my attitude was when my children attended Cobb schools. Unlike her I appreciated the fact that seniors before me had provided nice schools for my children. I gladly paid my school taxes for the next 30 years long after my children had left the system. I never wished any senior would move out of the county. I never had the slightest concern what size home they lived in, that was their business. I also never wished anyone would simply die so younger people would move into the county. I guess I was brought up differently, I always respected everyone's contribution to our society, not just my own age group.
Jacque Cousteu February 09, 2014 at 08:29 PM
Michelle if anyone reads "fund cobb schools" reference Cobb county school board meeting at Walton High. They will quickly understand the attitude displayed towards Seniors in Cobb County. This group seems to feel the Cobb School Budget amount approved by our governor is the fault of the senior school tax exemption. You will find comments discussing why seniors live in certain size houses, why they don't move out of the county an so forth. Seniors are given no credit for helping to build the very schools many of these complainers are now using. They say this is unfair yet they will qualify for the same tax benefits if they are still here in Cobb at age 62. They talk about equal treatment, once you have paid Cobb school tax for 30 years we can speak as equals. You cannot enter Cobb now, use schools I helped build and expect me to fund your children's education equally with you. As I stated earlier when I moved to Cobb I paid my school taxes and was happy to do so. I never gave one thought to anyone over 62 that had an exemption. More Seniors need to attend these local school board meetings, to get a sense of what many of these younger peoples views are towards seniors. You would be embarrassed for them, annoyed and as outraged as I am! All of these negative comments came off your Facebook page, I did not see any comments from you disagreeing. Tell us Michelle what is your position on the Cobb Senior School Tax Exemption?
JK February 09, 2014 at 09:46 PM
The answer from the politicians seemingly is always to raise taxes for shortfalls. In the case of school taxes, any raise in taxes will fall only to property owners. To continue to mandate those owners over the age of 62 would mean a tax increase, in my case, of close to 250%. Those who have responsibly planned their retirement to get slapped again because those who have kids in school can't pay their own way is appalling. ANY sports? Participants pay for everything...including the coaches. Band? Same thing. Your kid rides the school bus? You pay for your child and don't expect me to pay. Books? You pay for your kids books and stop expecting me to pay. Your kid eats lunch at school? Breakfast? You pay for your kid to eat and stop expecting me to pay. As a property owner, I've done my part and in three years I have planned for years to stop paying for other parents kids. For 20 years, I have paid for mine and yours. I doubt any parent of a child in a public/gov't school would go to the door of a property owner every year and demand he/she pay for his kid to go to school. But these same parents have no problem demanding the gov't come to my door and take it from me. Whether Tytler or de Tocqueville, the sage and prophetic quote certainly applies today: ""A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves largess out of the public treasury." Or better said.... a democracy is no more than three wolves and a lamb deciding what is for dinner.


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