Friday, March 22, 2013
Teacher layoffs have not been recommended as the projected budget deficit for fiscal year 2014 has increased to $86.4 million.
The chief financial officer for the Cobb County School District is proposing five furlough days, hundreds of school-level staff reductions, borrowing from reserve funds and cancelling an employee cost-of-living increase to help balance a fiscal year 2014 budget deficit that has grown to an estimated $86.4 million. The proposed cuts do not include a recommendation for teacher layoffs, but reductions through attrition. In a special budget presentation to the Cobb County Board of Education, chief financial officer Brad Johnson said his estimates were revised up from nearly $80 million earlier this year, largely due to rising insurance costs for district employees. He is projecting $894 million in expenses against $807.6 million in anticipated…
Friday, March 1, 2013
The Cobb school superintendent's contract was due to expire on June 30.
With no discussion, the Cobb Board of Education voted Thursday night to extend the contract of Superintendent Michael Hinojosa through the end of calendar year 2014. By a 5-2 vote, the board approved an extension -- which is not a renewal -- for Hinojosa, whose initial two-year contract was to have ended on June 30 of this year. Board member Kathleen Angelucci tried inserting an amendment to delay the decision pending the results of surveys from staff, teachers and parents, but her motion gained the support of only one other colleague, David Banks. They voted against the extension, with board chairman Randy Scamihorn, vice chairman Brad Wheeler and members Scott Sweeney, David Morgan and Tim Stultz voting in favor. "I'm excited about it," …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The Cobb and Marietta school superintendents are panelists at today's National Alternative Education Association gathering.
Thursday, February 7
From a press release issued by the Cobb County School District: Dr. Michael Hinojosa, Superintendent for the Cobb County School District, will serve as one of several guest speakers in a panel discussion of public school leaders at the National Alternative Education Association (NAEA) Annual Conference Feb. 6-8 in Atlanta. Dr. Hinojosa will be joined on the Superintendent’s Panel by Marietta City Schools Superintendent Dr. Emily Lembeck; Richard Storm, principal of Union Alternative School in Oklahoma; Susie Bunch, Director of Schools for Lexington, Tennessee City School system and Anthony Pack, Superintendent of Monroe County Schools in Forsyth County, Georgia. The NAEA is a support and advocacy organization for educators who work with …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Proposals by Superintendent Michael Hinojosa and board member David Banks will be discussed at Wednesday's work session.
Multiple school calendar proposals will be brought before the Cobb County Board of Education on Wednesday, restarting a debate that embroiled the board for much of 2011. Superintendent Michael Hinojosa, who urged the board to create a committee to tackle calendar planning, will be offering a different calendar than conflicting recommendations by the panel. School board member David Banks, a central figure in the school calendar controversy when it first came up in early 2011, also will be submitting his own proposal. The discussion will take place at the board's monthly work session, which begins at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the board room of the Cobb County School District central office, 514 Glover Street, Marietta. The entire agenda is …
Thursday, December 15, 2011
The new Cobb school superintendent has made major administrative changes and tackled the touchy calendar issue. What grade would you give him?
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Since he began his tenure as Cobb schools superintendent, Michael Hinojosa has reorganized his top administrative staff and attempted to settle the long-raging controversy over the school calendar. He inherited another thicket of trouble in a set of complaints from parents that reached all the way to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Georgia Attorney General's office. He wants to overhaul the process by which principals are selected. He appears to be trying to say all the right things as he learns his way around Georgia's second-largest school district, whether it's improving overall student perfomance or closing the achievement gap areas of the county such as South Cobb. After nearly six months on the job, …
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Having spent the last five years at the Smyrna elementary school, the lifelong Cobb resident was honored by the American School Counselor Association during a surprise assembly Thursday morning at the school.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Nicole Pfleger, professional school counselor at Nickajack Elementary School, has been named the top counselor in the United States by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). Pfleger is one of more than 400 applicants nationwide that competed for the award, which honors school counselors who work tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of their students, parents, and communities. ASCA president Alan Burkhard and CCSD Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa presented Nicole with the award during a surprise assembly Thursday morning in the school auditorium with her family, fellow staff and the Nickajack student body. Board of Education member Tim Stultz and members of the District’s leadership team were also on hand for the …
Friday, December 2, 2011
Smyrna's Tim Stultz says Board has been "working together" and being "good stewards."
Friday, December 2, 2011
The Cobb County School District submitted a progress report Wednesday in the hope of closing the books on last spring’s inquiry by its accrediting agency. Cobb Superintendent Michael Hinojosa told the Marietta Daily Journal that the report addresses the concerns of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools bullet by bullet and should resolve the accrediting agency’s concerns. School Board Member Tim Stultz of Smyrna told Patch, “Even though there are different viewpoints and philosophies by different members, the Board has been working together to ensure that the school district is providing a quality education while being good stewards of tax payer funds.” The SACS Council on Accreditation and School Improvement sent the school …
Saturday, October 29, 2011
The Cobb County School District will create a proposal for a smaller group to work on the annual schedule.
The Cobb County Board of Education voted 6-1 Thursday night to reject a proposed calendar-setting process, but only after Superintendent Michael Hinojosa agreed to withdraw and rework the policy. Having established that 22 of the 29 people on the calendar advisory committee created under the proposal would have been selected by or represented Cobb County School District officials, board Vice Chairman Scott Sweeney presented an alternative. Sweeney, who represents East Cobb’s Post 6, suggested an 18-member committee, equally split between community and district representatives and chaired by a nonvoting member. Board members wouldn’t appoint any of the committee members. Sweeney’s proposal calls for two parent representatives each from the …
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Superintendent Michael Hinojosa wants a special committee to help set the schedule nine months in advance.
The Cobb County school calendar, the issue that never dies, is back again today. The county Board of Education’s work session will include a discussion of Superintendent Michael Hinojosa’s proposal to create a process that will calm the controversy. His plan would add a three-step process to craft the two-year calendar: No such process guided the board through calendar changes and proposals this year. North Cobb’s Kathleen Angelucci, East Cobb’s Scott Sweeney and Smyrna’s Tim Stultz joined the board in January determined to overturn the balanced calendar, which was enacted in November 2009 and went into effect in August 2010. With the support of Chairwoman Alison Bartlett, whose district is south and west of Marietta, they succeeded on a …
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 …