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Schools Budget Number: One Speaker

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.

Updated 7:20 p.m.

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.

Original Report

The Cobb County Board of Education is holding its only public hearing on the fiscal 2013 budget for the tonight.

The board and plans to enct the final plan May 17. The current plan includes five furlough days, 175 school days, 350 fewer teachers, $21.2 million in reserve funds, a half-year delay in step pay increases for teachers and a reduction in hours for paraprofessionals in school libraries to close a .

Michael Jacobs May 08, 2012 at 02:09 PM
So everyone knows, or at least everyone reading these comments: The school board is meeting in a work session at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday and plans to discuss possible changes to budget during the meeting, with an eye toward approving the final budget May 17. If you still want to comment on the budget, there's a public comment period at the start of both meetings.
Kiri Walton May 08, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Hi Mic I, you can sign up for Patch morning newsletters by going to YourPatch.Patch.Com/newsletters (ex. SouthCobb.patch.com/newsletters). Every day, community events are listed in the newsletter and online! Tell your friends and neighbors to sign up as well so they won't miss a beat!
swampmedic89 May 08, 2012 at 07:21 PM
CC School Board is such a rouge part of government. Surveys to do just OPPOSITE of what the community wants. Should be some NON elected PUBLIC members to keep in check these that use it for their political and financial gain! Bring back the old calender AS REQUESTED by those who took the survey....SERVE the students and not your SPECIAL INTEREST! And we are laying off teachers? AGAIN? How well can a teacher operate with how many children? We are not talking about college here. We are talking about CCSD where teachers operate in fear of constant lawsuits......
Karen Kraeger May 09, 2012 at 12:39 AM
People don't turn out for meetings because the Board never listens. Whenever the community is asked for it's opinion, the Board seems to do whatever they have already decided to do. The latest cuts are not in the best interests of student learning and achievement. We need cuts that don't impact instruction.
Rufus Wienerhammer May 09, 2012 at 03:30 AM
I find Cobb county's education budget excessive and would like to see more of that money relocated and used to build additional jails and penitentiaries. Spending money on education is worthless while children are still being subverted by criminal elements.

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