Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Tentative approval of the fiscal year 2014 budget has been pushed back to next Monday.
Members of the Cobb County Board of Education remain far apart on how to close a significant budget deficit and have delayed an initial vote on a fiscal year 2014 spending plan for the Cobb County School District. At the end of a nearly four-hour work session on Monday, the board agreed, in a 5-2 vote, to conduct another budget meeting next Monday, April 29, at 1 p.m. The board was to slated adopt a tentative budget Thursday, an action that meets a legal requirement to advertise a public hearing. That hearing, scheduled for May 14, must be publicly advertised 14 days in advance. Next Monday's work session is 15 days ahead of the hearing. The board has scheduled May 16 for final budget approval. But Monday's work session further revealed …
Monday, May 21, 2012
The Cobb County Board of Education approves the same three-furlough-day plan it rejected Thursday as three members change their votes.
We covered the furlough days—the debate and the outcome—in the live blog and the comments, but let's lay it all out here as well. Superintendent Michael Hinojosa's recommendation for the three-furlough-day budget included a calendar placing the furlough days Dec. 21, Feb. 15 and May 30. The logic of those days: David Banks, who represents East and Northeast Cobb, first proposed switching all the furlough days to Feb. 20 to 22, then cutting a day off the end of winter break and moving that vacation day to Feb. 19, creating a weeklong February break just like the former balanced calendar. After a break in the meeting for the staff to work out the alternatives, Banks adjusted his proposal to use two of the furlough days in February, on the …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Watch the video of Thursday night's Board of Education meeting to see how the budget failed, Teach for America passed and more.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
We've replaced the live stream with the two-part recording of the 3½-hour school board meeting, so you can replay the parts of the meeting that interest you most. We'll have more from the meeting in the morning. In the meantime, we welcome suggestions for a budget that could win at least four votes. The Cobb County Board of Education is scheduled to vote tonight on the final fiscal 2013 budget, the school calendar that accommodates the approved furlough days, a contractor to prepare for a SPLOST IV referendum in March 2013, and the pursuit of donations and grants to support 25 Teach for America teachers in South Cobb starting in the 2013-14 school year. The board is meeting at 7 p.m. at the Cobb County School District's Central Office, 514…
Monday, May 7, 2012
Only one person spoke during the only public hearing scheduled on the Cobb County School District's proposed $841.9 million spending plan for fiscal 2013.
So only one person, Educators First head Tana Page, spoke during the public hearing, although to be fair, at least four teachers spoke during the teacher salary hearing at 6:30. You can recap the brief meeting in the CoverItLive blog above. But I'll reiterate the questions from that blog right here. What does the lack of turnout from the public and, for that matter, the board members mean? Do Cobb County residents not care about the schools budget? Are they happy with the proposed spending plan? Do they think the school board doesn't care what they have to say? Let us know what you think in the comment space below. The Cobb County Board of Education is holding its only public hearing on the fiscal 2013 budget for the Cobb County School …
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Here's your roundup of top stories from Patches in Paulding, Bartow, Douglas, Cherokee and Cobb counties for Dec. 28.
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011
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Thursday, December 8, 2011
State attorney general and school board to sign memorandum of understanding to “assure future compliance with Open Records and Open Meetings Acts.” If no evidence of new violations surfaces in next year, allegations of violations will not be prosecuted.
It took almost six months to receive a response, but parent Tricia Knor will get it in a roundabout way when Georgia Senior Assistant Attorney General Stefan Ritter discusses open meetings and open records with the Cobb County Board of Education at 5 p.m. today in the Central Office boardroom at 514 Glover St. Knor filed a complaint June 27 with Attorney General Sam Olens regarding email messages sent using private accounts among board Chairwoman Alison Bartlett of Post 7, located south and west of Marietta; Vice Chairman Scott Sweeney of East Cobb’s Post 6; and members Kathleen Angelucci of North Cobb’s Post 4 and Tim Stultz of Smyrna’s Post 2. Senior Assistant Attorney General Russell Willard forwarded Knor’s 67-page complaint to the …
Thursday, September 29, 2011
The Cobb County Board of Education voted to renew the charter of the International Academy of Smyrna but rejected three other charter schools.
On Thursday night, the Cobb Board of Education voted 6-1 to grant International Academy of Smyrna's (IAS) request for a five-year renewal petition. Board member David Morgan voted against. The board’s decision applies to the 2012-13 school year. IAS was the only charter school of four on Thursday’s agenda to be approved by the board on Thursday night. Read more about the votes at South Cobb Patch. “(Thursday) night was very emotional, but it was a bittersweet moment because both the Mableton and Smyrna charter schools started at the same time and we were sister schools with us being Imagine schools to start out with,” said International Academy of Smyrna Board Chair Cheryl Wilson, one of the school’s founding members. “We’re very excited …
Friday, September 16, 2011
The county Board of Education unanimously approves the superintendent's changes, including naming Cheryl Hungerford as his chief of staff.
The Cobb County Board of Education voted 6-0 Wednesday to approve Superintendent Michael Hinojosa’s reorganization of top personnel in the Cobb County School District. The biggest changes were Assistant Superintendent Cheryl Hungerford’s promotion to the new position of chief of staff and a reduction in the number of department divisions from approximately eight to five. Hinojosa said the changes would save nearly $80,000 in the current budget by eliminating three positions costing $230,000—executive to the superintendent, associate superintendent for operational support and executive secretary for operational support. “I know my style as a superintendent, and for me to be effective, I need to be out of the office,” Hinojosa told the board…
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Superintendent Hinojosa recommends approval of Smyrna charter school's renewal petition on Wednesday; school board will formally vote on the matter in two weeks.
During Wednesday’s school board work session, Cobb County Schools Superintendent Michael Hinojosa recommended the renewal of the charter of the International Academy of Smyrna (IAS). He did not recommend the renewal of the charter for Imagine International Academy of Mableton, and opposed two proposed charter schools, STEAM Academy of Cobb and Turning Point Charter Leadership Academy School of Excellence. The school board will vote on all four petitions Sept. 29. The board’s decision applies to the 2012-13 school year. IAS did not make AYP in 2011 for the first time in the school’s four years, and Hinojosa said he is concerned about a potential five-year operating loss of $2,566,326. But he recommended approving the school’s renewal …
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
The school's charter is still up in the air, but according to Wednesday's agenda the board could approve its petition.
On Wednesday morning, the Cobb County Board of Education likely will discuss four charter schools seeking approval for their petitions to operate next school year: Imagine International Academy of Mableton and International Academy of Smyrna, which are seeking renewal, and newcomers STEAM Academy of Cobb and Turning Point Charter Leadership Academy School of Excellence. The board’s work session at the Central Office’s boardroom is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. In late June, Turning Point and STEAM joined the two existing charter schools in requesting and receiving 30-day extensions to shore up problems the district had with their initial proposals. In looking at the agenda, it appears Superintendent Michael Hinojosa will recommend the board …