Monday, May 20, 2013
Students will be released early at set times, depending on grade level, Wednesday and Thursday.
Students in the Cobb County School District will be released from classes earlier than usual on Wednesday and Thursday of this week, as the 2012-13 academic year comes to an end. The early dismissal schedules are as follows:
A church known for protesting at soldiers’ funerals held Saturday a demonstration to praise a tornado that caused devastation in a college town. Tell us if you think the church is deserving of its media attention or the efforts of counter-protesters.
Wherever this church goes, controversy and attention seem to follow. The Westboro Baptist Church has long been known for picketing the funerals of American soldiers as members believe those men and women died because of homosexuality “and other sins of America,” according to one of their latest press releases. One of the latest protests put on by members of the Topeka, Kansas-based church occurred Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on the University of Alabama campus. Church members were there, according to a report from The Tuscaloosa News, to proclaim that the April 27, 2011, tornado had been the wrath of God. “God in His infinite kindness, wisdom & mercy WARNED YOU! He sent His whirlwind to Tuscaloosa … killing 36 (including 3 students), …
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Both have a focus on the environment.
Starting this fall, students who want focused training in the field of environmental engineering technology will no longer have to go outside of Georgia for that training. Southern Polytechnic State University will offer a new 123-credit hour program that qualifies students for a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering Technology. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia on approved Southern Poly's request this week to add two new, environmentally-focused degrees at the Marietta campus. "Environmental criteria are important aspects of all civil engineering activity in the present and foreseeable future," said Prof. Tim Zeigler, chair of the school's Department of Civil Engineering Technology. "As industry expands, …
Friday, May 17, 2013
See tweets and photos from teams and attendees at the Relay For Life events happening in Cobb and Paulding counties.
Close to 4,000 people are set to gather in two counties to remember those who lost their battles to cancer, show support to those who survived it, and to raise money to fight the disease. Relay For Life of Cobb County will kick off at 7 p.m. at Jim Miller Park in Marietta. Next door in Paulding, Relay for Life of Paulding County is being held at White Oak Park in Dallas, with the event’s opening ceremony set for 6:45 p.m. Related news What is Relay For Life?Cobb Teams Taking the Fight to Cancer Tonight How Can Relay for Life Teams Use West Cobb Patch? We’ll be following the tweets from all of those involved in the two events, and you can follow along too. Check out the live Twitter stream attached to this article to follow the tweets from…
The $856.3 million budget approved Thursday includes 5 furlough days and 182 teacher cuts through attrition.
The Cobb Board of Education on Thursday approved a fiscal year 2014 budget that includes five furlough days for teachers and staff, a reduction of 182 teaching positions through attrition, a half-year step increase for employees and taking $41 million from reserves to reach a balance. After the board voted down three other budget proposals -- including an amended version of the tentative budget with a full-year step increase for Cobb County School District employees -- it went back to something it could pass. The $856.3 million budget, taking effect July 1, is similar to the package that the board tentatively approved on April 29 and that closes a deficit of $86.4 million. But it took the board more than two hours of discussion Thursday to…
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Harvester Christian Academy in Douglasville held kindergarten and first grade Field Day on Tuesday.
As school years come to a close, students are filling water balloons and jumping in potato sacks for Field Day. Here are some shots from Harvester Christian Academy in Douglasville Tuesday. We want to see your West Cobb Field Day photos. Upload them here and let everyone see how much fun your kids had.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
"You're going to destroy the county if you don't fix the problem," educators told school board members Wednesday.
Only a small handful of people turned out for a public hearing on the proposed Cobb County School District fiscal year 2014 budget Tuesday. But they packed a raw, emotional punch. Several teachers and coaches at East Cobb's Walton High School were especially vocal about budget proposals that they said would increase morale problems and stress levels that have been building up for several years. Among the proposals included in a tentatively adopted budget (see green column in attached PDF) include 182 teacher position cuts through attrition, a mid-year cost-of-living increase, higher insurance costs for teachers, larger classroom sizes and five furlough days. Those components are part of a budget plan that addresses an estimated deficit of…
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The public is invited to comment on the tentative fiscal year 2014 budget.
The Cobb Board of Education will hold a public hearing tonight on the proposed fiscal year 2-14 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 …
Monday, May 13, 2013
The Rome-based university will offer classes in the Delk/I-75 area.
Shorter University has a new Cobb location The campus, which is part of the university's College of Adult and Professional Programs, is located at 1090 Northchase Parkway, in a corporate campus complex off Delk Road and Powers Ferry Place near Interstate 75. The courses and academic programs offered at the Cobb campus are aimed at working adults, with degree programs in 16-24 months. The bachelors degree programs include business administration, management, and human services, and masters degree programs in business administration and leadership.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Among those finishing are 13 undergraduates with a 4.0 GPA
Friday, May 10
Today at 7 p.m., in Sanford Stadium, the University of Geogia will graduate 4,164 undergraduate students. Outgoing U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., will give the address. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UGA in 1966 and a J.D. from the University of Tennessee in 1968. Also finishing this spring are 176 doctoral students and 915 students with master's or specialist's degrees, who will receive their degress at 10am in Stegeman Coliseum. The speaker will be UGA professor Stephen Hajduk, head of the department of biochemistry and molecular biology in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. During the ceremony, UGA will give Mary Frances Early an honorary doctor of laws degree. Early graduated from UGA in 1962 …