Monday, May 13, 2013
The public is invited to comment on the tentative fiscal year 2014 budget.
The Cobb Board of Education will hold a public hearing Tuesday on the proposed fiscal year 2014 budget. The hearing takes place at 7 p.m. in the board room of the Cobb County School District central office, 514 Glover Street, Marietta. A salary hearing will precede the hearing at 6:30 p.m. A public hearing is required before the board formally votes to adopt the budget. On April 29 the board tentatively adopted a budget (see attached PDF) that includes numerous spending cuts, staff and teacher reductions, borrowing reserve funds and furloughs to eliminate an $86.4 million deficit. The school district also has prepared a page on its website with more detailed budget information, including a place for members of the Cobb public to …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Peter Giles has been appointed principal at Palmer Middle School.
The Cobb Board of Education has appointed Peter Giles, an assistant principal and athletic director at Kell High School, as the new principal at Palmer Middle School in Kennesaw. The board's vote came on Wednesday. Giles succeeds Cathy Wentworth, who is retiring.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The school board has received two possible options as it moves closer to adopting the fiscal year 2014 budget.
Cobb school superintendent Michael Hinojosa is recommending that the five furlough dates built into the tentatively adopted fiscal year 2014 budget take place in October and next February. At a work session on Wednesday, the Cobb Board of Education received two proposed options for the furlough dates, which are still under consideration before a scheduled official budget vote on May 16. Hinojosa's recommendation would be for the furlough dates -- which apply to all Cobb County School District employees -- to be scheduled for Thursday and Friday, Oct. 3-4, Thursday and Friday, Feb. 13- 14 and Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, is a district holiday due to President's Day. That proposal would allow the 2013-14 academic year to …
Simpson Middle School had one of the Cobb scores in the College and Career Ready Performance Index, which replaces No Child Left Behind measures.
The first test of Georgia's alternative to No Child Left Behind has yielded fairly good marks for the Cobb County School District and excellent results for a number of schools in Northeast Cobb. According to the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), students at the elementary, middle and high school levels of both public school systems outpaced the state average on a wide-ranging accountability spectrum. The index grades each school in the state on a 100-point scale, measuring achievement (70 points) and tracking progress points (15 points) and achievement gap points (15 points). All of the 16 schools in Northeast Cobb (ZIP code 30066) reached or surpassed a score of 80, and 12 schools had scores of 90 or better, led by …
A celebratory reception takes place on Monday afternoon in the cafeteria.
Simpson Middle School will hold a special reception, cake-cutting ceremony and chorus performance Monday to mark the school's 25th anniversary. The event starts at 4:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. The cake-cutting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., followed by the music at 7 p.m. The school is located at 3340 Trickum Road.
Monday, May 6, 2013
The students have moderate to severe intellectual disabilities.
An exhibit featuring the artwork of Cobb County students with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities will go on Thursday in Marietta. The 'Inspired by the heART' art show will kick off with a dessert reception at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Cobb County Central Library, 266 Roswell St. During the opening reception, there will be a student slideshow presentation. The exhibit will run until May 11.
A runner’ gesture cost his high school a trip to the state championships. Tell us if you think the ruling on the gesture was right on, or if the disqualification was unwarranted.
A high school’s chance to compete in the state championships was halted last month despite a winning performance from four of its athletes. Columbus High School saw four of its athletes take first in the 4 x 100-meter relay. But the team was disqualified, according to KHOU 11 News, after its final runner, Derrick Hayes, pointed up to the sky as he crossed the finish line. The DQ was levied as the gesture violated a rule that prohibits excessive acts of celebration, and it cost the school an opportunity to make it to the state championships. Hayes’ father said he believes his son made the gesture to give thanks to God. “It was a reaction,” K.C. Hayes said. “I mean you’re brought up your whole life that God gives you good things, you’re …
Sunday, May 5, 2013
UGA's Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library has the only remaining copy of this document.
There it was, a long sheet of off-white something-or-other, which turned out to be vellum, which, in the mid-19th century, was made from the skin or a calf or a goat. A clear plastic case sheltered it so that no one could touch or even breathe on it. Who knew the Constitution of the Confederacy was so long—12 and a half feet long, written in an elegant hand—by T.R.R. Cobb—with a riot of signatures under that of Howell Cobb, who presided over its adoption. The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library brings out the Constitution once a year. When it's not under its case, being viewed by hordes of people in the Special Collections Library, it's kept in a high security vault, accessible by only five people. Here's how the document came to UGA…
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The Cobb County School District responded to a question from a Northeast Cobb resident.
When Northeast Cobb resident James Parker noticed a number of baseballs sitting near the varsity fields at Sprayberry High School recently, he had enough questions to write a blog post about it. In a post published on Monday, Parker figured the estimated cost of the 20 or so baseballs he discovered was around $100, which led him to wonder if the Cobb County School District was spending needless money on baseballs: "And since Cobb has at least 15 high schools, and each high school has a baseball team, are we wasting $1,500 a week on lost and unused baseballs?" The school district -- which has 16 high schools with sports programs -- offered a response on Tuesday, issuing an emphatic no. Spokesman Doug Goodwin told Patch that money for …
The high school's students and staff honored sophomore Brandon Carpenter with a day of his own this past Friday.