Thursday, June 28, 2012
Superintendent Michael Hinojosa is recommending denial of a start-up school in South Cobb, despite strong community support for the plan plus other items on the school board agenda.
The Cobb Board of Education is expected to vote Thursday on a petition to create a charter school in South Cobb. Many parents and residents there want it, and since last week's board work session have provided school officials with additional information about a possible location. But superintendent Michael Hinojosa continues to recommend against granting the charter status for financial, facilities and academic reasons. That issue figures to be the major item of business when the board meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cobb County School District office board room, located at 514 Glover Street in Marietta. An executive session has been called for 6 p.m. Supporters of the proposed Smyrna Academy of Excellence are upset by Hinojosa's …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
District officials say the recommendation was largely based on finances.
Supporters of a proposed south Cobb charter school were frustrated and disappointed to learn that Cobb County School District staff recommended that school board members deny their charter petition. The school board will vote on the issue at its meeting Thursday. Smyrna Academy of Excellence organizers plan for the school to serve students in kindergarten through twelfth grade in south Cobb County with a science, technology, engineering and math-based curriculum. Cobb County Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa said the goal was admirable, but that the recommendation came down to dollars and cents. “We’ve had three start-up charters (in Cobb County) and all three of them lost money in the first year and all three of them had the …
Smyrna Academy of Excellence Chairman Jimmy Arispe responds to the superintendent's recommendation to deny the school its charter. The Cobb County School Board will officially vote on the matter at its meeting Thursday, June 28.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Sydney, As you know, over the last 13 months we have been involved in creating a k-12 charter school, the Smyrna Academy of Excellence, focused on the expectation that 100% of our students get a high school diploma and are college and career ready. With the current status of the graduation rates of the four South Cobb high schools, we have taken it upon ourselves to create and provide something different for our children, families and community. Today, I was informed that the Cobb County superintendent was again recommending to the board of education that they not approve our charter school at the 6:30pm board meeting on this Thursday, June 28. I find this recommendation quite puzzling. As you know, the genesis of our school began with …
Monday, June 18, 2012
The Cobb County School Board will vote whether to approve the school's charter petition Thursday, June 28.
Smyrna Academy of Excellence has one more chance to receive the Cobb County School Board's approval of its charter petition, but the board has a few reservations. At their work session last week, board members voted unanimously to give the school’s governing board till end of business Monday, June 18 to submit clarifying documents concerning the proposed school’s facilities and budget. This decision came a week after CCSD staff recommended that the board deny the school’s charter petition. At last week’s work session members of SAE’s governing board addressed some of the school board’s concerns. Tim Stultz, Post 2 board member who represents Smyrna, said he’s more inclined to vote to grant the school its charter after hearing from the …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
The top headlines from around Patch in metro Atlanta for Wednesday, June 13, 2012.
Here are the top stories of the day in Smyrna-Vinings and around metro Atlanta for Wednesday, June 13, 2012.
Half a dozen supporters of Smyrna Academy of Excellence addressed Cobb County school board members at their work session Wednesday.
Smyrna Academy of Excellence has been garnering support from the community for the past year. Now school board members have to decide whether to grant the science, technology, engineering and math-focused school a charter.
The Cobb County Board of Education will discuss Smyrna Academy of Excellence's charter petition at its meeting Wednesday.
Monday, June 11, 2012
The Cobb County School Board will vote at its meeting Thursday, June 28 whether to grant Smyrna Academy of Excellence a charter.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Jill Meisler is a parent and volunteer for Smyrna Academy of Excellence. She shared a letter she sent to Cobb County School Board member Allison Bartlett asking her to vote to grant the school a charter at the board's June 28 meeting. Dear Ms. Bartlett, The day of the vote for or against the creation of the Smyrna Academy of Excellence is rapidly approaching. I wanted to let you hear from me one more time, with my personal story as to why I am so passionately supportive of the Smyrna Academy of Excellence. I am on the marketing development team for the school. Over the last 12 months I have, in addition to my job running a company of 70 people, volunteered countless hours toward helping to craft the mission of this school, to publicize its…
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Find a fun event just for mom or for the entire family.
Mother’s Day is this Sunday and Smyrna-Vinings Patch has rounded up a list of activities for the family or for mom to enjoy solo. For the Family: Even the family dog can get in on this event. Dog Days at the Market at Riverview Landing is Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. This fun event features a five-acre dog pasture, a farmer’s market, live music and local beer from Sweetwater Brewery. Several food trucks will serve tasty bites on site including Smyrna’s own Happy Belly Food Truck. Bands performing at the event are Shed, Rocket 88, The Non-Essentials and The Owls. The event is free, but donations to Atlanta Pet Rescue will be collected. Atlanta Pet Rescue recently moved its shelter to Smyrna. Riverview Landing is located at 6271 Riverview …
Thursday, January 12, 2012
State's Race to the Top Innovation Fund program grants Smyrna planned charter school $50,000 in yet another sign of support for the school that's targeting a July 2013 opening.
It continues to look as if Smyrna will soon have a new STEM charter school option, backed by organizations such as Lockheed Martin Corp., and local colleges, along with several local political and community leaders and technology professionals. STEM charter schools have a curriculum that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math. On Wednesday, Gov. Nathan Deal’s office announced that an organization backing the Smyrna Academy of Excellence was among 11 winners of grants in the second round of the Race to the Top Innovation Fund program, a $19.4 million competitive grant program. The Smyrna Educational Alliance has partnered with Georgia State University, Georgia Tech and Lockheed Martin Corp. to create the Smyrna Academy of …