Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Tentative approval of the fiscal year 2014 budget has been pushed back to next Monday.
Members of the Cobb Board of Education remain far apart on how to close a serious 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 sharp …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Details of suggested cuts to close an $86.4 million budget deficit weren't received well at a work session Wednesday.
Getting used to what's being called "the new normal" isn't going to be easy for the Cobb Board of Education. After absorbing more details of a proposed fiscal year 2014 budget that recommends deep cuts in several key areas, school board members on Wednesday demanded more options as they address a projected $86.4 million deficit. That's because many of the suggestions provided by Cobb County School District officials were hardly to their liking. During a long and at times heated work session, school board members told Superintendent Michael Hinojosa and the district's chief financial officer, Brad Johnson, that they weren't happy with a 13-point list of proposed cuts and changes to achieve a balanced budget. "This board needs to be firmly …
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 …
Friday, May 18, 2012
A special meeting is scheduled for 8:25 a.m.
Friday, May 18, 2012
The Cobb County School District has scheduled a meeting for 8:25 a.m. Monday to work on breaking the budget impasse. The seven-member Cobb Board of Education couldn't get more than three votes behind any budget proposal Thursday night, despite approving a preliminary budget three weeks earlier. Post 2 board member Tim Stultz told Smyrna-Vinings Patch today that it's up to Superintendent Michael Hinojosa to craft a budget the majority can support. Stultz helped block the passage Thursday of a budget relying on the use of reserve funds. He demanded deeper cuts to the $841.9 million budget now to avoid creating bigger deficits in future years than fiscal 2013's projected $62.5 million shortfall. “I just can’t get past the fact of there’s a …
The Cobb Board of Education allows Superintendent Michael Hinojosa to raise money for up to 25 teachers in the 2013-14 school year.
The Cobb County Board of Education voted 4-3 near the end of a 3½-hour meeting Thursday night to let Superintendent Michael Hinojosa raise money to support the hiring of up to 25 Teach for America teachers for the 2013-14 school year. Northeast Cobb’s school board members split on the proposal. Post 5’s David Banks joined Chairman Scott Sweeney, Vice Chairman David Morgan and Lynnda Eagle in the majority. Post 4’s Kathleen Angelucci joined Alison Bartlett and Tim Stultz in voting no. Hinojosa and Morgan were the leading advocates of the TFA proposal, which sparked strong opposition from the Cobb County Association of Educators. “The members who just voted for TFA sold out the teachers in Cobb,” CCAE President Connie Jackson said. “The …
The Board of Education has until June 30 to find a compromise that at least four members can support for fiscal 2013.
The Cobb County School District has to go back to the chalkboard after the Board of Education failed to approve the fiscal 2013 budget Thursday night. The school board has until June 30 to pass a budget for the year that starts July 1, but after the extensive, often passionate debate Thursday, the path forward is unclear. A special meeting will be scheduled to search for an answer. The seven board members staked out at least four distinct positions on the proposed $841.9 million budget—none of them matching the administration's recommendation. Superintendent Michael Hinojosa and Chief Financial Officer Mike Addison entered the meeting recommending the same budget that the school board passed April 26 on a preliminary basis. It features 350…
Simpson Middle, McCleskey Middle and Bells Ferry Elementary now have openings for assistant principals.
Friday, May 18, 2012
Three Northeast Cobb schools are losing assistant principals to promotions to principal, the Cobb County Board of Education decided Thursday night. The board approved the Cobb County School District administration’s recommendation to move Jenny Douglas from the Simpson Middle School to Pickett’s Mill Elementary in Acworth, where she will become principal July 1. Making a middle-school-to-middle-school move is Kelly Metcalfe, who will leave McCleskey Middle to become the principal at Kennesaw's McClure Middle on July 1. The board also approved the promotion of Bells Ferry Elementary’s assistant principal, Kelly Luscre, to be the principal at Big Shanty Elementary in Kennesaw on July 1. Luscre began her career in school administration at …
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…
The Cobb County Board of Education will set the 2012-13 calendar after choosing three or five furlough days at its meeting tonight.
The Cobb County Board of Education will take up the budget, the next SPLOST and Teach for America at its regular meeting tonight. Aside from a couple of Northeast Cobb items, the biggest issue on the agenda is final passage of the $841.9 million fiscal 2013 budget, which runs from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013. Once the board approves a budget, it will have to agree on a school calendar to implement the furlough says. The budget recommendation from Chief Financial Officer Mike Addison and Superintendent Michael Hinojosa has not changed: five furlough days for all full-time employees; 175 school days; an increase of two students in the average class size; a decrease of 350 teachers across the system, most if not all by attritition; a half-…
The Cobb County school board also will officially close out the Kincaid Elementary renovation project.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
The Cobb County Board of Education tonight will recognize the Kell boys track and field team for winning the Georgia High School Association AAAA championship May 12. The school board holds its regular meeting at 7 tonight. Also on the agenda among Northeast Cobb schools is Kincaid Elementary. It is one of five schools whose construction projects are being officially closed out tonight because the work is done and all the bills have been paid. The Cobb school board is due to approve a series of resolutions for those projects as part of its consent agenda. Each closeout resolution allows the Cobb County School District to apply for reimbursement from state capital outlay funds. The Cobb school system usually gets 70 percent to 80 percent of…