Monday, April 15, 2013
Depending on whom you ask, spring break just ended or happened weeks ago. Are the staggered spring breaks a good thing, or should schools aim to schedule their breaks at the same time?
It’s back to school today for students in Cobb, Douglas and Paulding counties. Spring break for the three county school districts was held last week, and pupils are returning to the classroom for the last remaining weeks of school. But students in these three districts didn’t get to enjoy their time off along with all their peers from other school systems. For instance, nearby Bartow County held its spring break the first week of April. Spring break also varies for students at local colleges. While those attending Chattahoochee Technical College got their break from classes last week, students at Kennesaw State University and Georgia Highlands College took their break the first week of March—no classes were held at KSU March 2-8 while …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
The district was among 25 recognized at the state capitol this week for its efforts getting more local food in schools.
Thursday, March 7
From a press release sent by Georgia Organics: The Cobb County School District was recognized Tuesday at the state capitol for its participation in the 5 Million Meals campaign, a statewide effort to get more local food in schools. Cobb County’s nutrition director, Cynthia Downs, pledged to support her local economy and local farmers by increasing the amount of local food served to her students through farm to school programs, and for this Cobb County was one of 25 school districts awarded the Golden Radish award. State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge, Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black and Georgia Organics Board President Rashid Nuri honored these Georgia school districts for taking the “5 Million Meals Challenge” and pledging to…
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
School will be dismissed as normal.
Wednesday, January 30
With Cobb County under a tornado watch until 8 p.m., the Cobb County School District today has canceled all extracurricular activities. Additionally, all activities at the Cobb/Paulding Adult Education Center have been canceled for the day. According to the district's Twitter feed, there will be no change to the school dismissal schedule. After-school programs will operate as normal. Return to West Cobb Patch for updates.
Friday, November 16, 2012
The Board of Education also appointed two elementary school principals this week.
The Cobb Board of Education has appointed assistant superintendent Amy Krause as the Cobb County School District's Acting Chief Academic Officer. Krause, who has been in charge of curriculum, instruction and assessment since January, will begin her new role on Dec. 1. That's when Chief Academic Officer Judi Jones is retiring, after 38 years as a teacher and administrator in the 107,000-student school system. Jones announced she was stepping down last month. She cited benefit changes in the state teacher's retirement system in an interview with The Marietta Daily Journal, which reported that at least 75 long-serving school system employees have been similarly impacted. Jones' retirement is the latest high-level administrative departure in …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
The Board of Education approved a resolution Wednesday, but heard a strong dose of anti-tax sentiment.
As expected, the Cobb Board of Education on Wednesday adopted a resolution to call for a March 2013 referendum to extend the Education SPLOST. But the job of selling voters on a $717 million school construction and maintenance project list figures to be a challenging one, given Cobb's recent SPLOST track record. The one-cent sales tax, if approved by voters, would begin in January 2014 and would be collected through December 2018. But before the vote, representatives of a local taxpayers group and the Georgia Tea Party spoke out against a March referendum. And the chairwoman of the school board's SPLOST citizen oversight panel predicted that the finalized SPLOST IV "notebook" (see attached PDF) will fail at the polls. The board voted only…
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Wednesday's work session agenda includes a resolution for a March 2013 referendum.
After an accelerated process to put together and revise a $717 million project list of school construction and maintenance projects, the Cobb Board of Education is expected to vote today to call for a referendum to pay for them. A resolution calling for a March 19, 2013 referendum that would extend the current Cobb education SPLOST highlights the board's work session agenda for today (see attached PDF). The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. in the board room of the Cobb County School District central office at 514 Glover St. in Marietta. After two board members expressed a desire to postpone a referendum to November 2013, today's agenda item includes a recommendation from Superintendent Michael Hinojosa for a March vote. The current SPLOST III …
Friday, November 9, 2012
Since the Powder Springs teams began playing each other in 2010, both have took one win and one loss, making tonight's matchup a tiebreaker in the rivalry.
It seems clear which team has the advantage going into tonight's battle for the Powder Town crown between the city's two high schools. McEachern is a perfect 7-0 in Region 4-6A play, securing their region win. The Indians' only two losses came early in the season to Gwinnett County's Grayson and East Cobb's Walton, last year's 5A state champion and runner-up, respectively. They'll also have home-field advantage. Since last year's game was at McEachern, Hillgrove was to host this year, but construction on the Hawks' new visitor stands hasn't wrapped up yet. The crowd from 2011 packed McEachern's Cantrell Stadium, the biggest of Cobb high schools, to the brim and more, so ample seating will be surely be necessary. Hillgrove won that nail-…
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Any student who hasn't finished by Dec. 31, 2013 will be required to start over and retake all five parts.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
From the Cobb County School District: Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, there will be a new GED test for students seeking high school credentials. The current version of the GED test and any pending scores will expire at the end of 2013. Any student who has not completed the test by Dec. 31, 2013 will be required to start over and retake all five parts. The Cobb-Paulding Adult Education Center website has complete information about GED preparation classes and how to register for the test. For more info, students may call the Adult Education Center at 678-594-8011, ext. 245. Don’t miss any of the local news you care about. Subscribe to West Cobb Patch’s free newsletter, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
About 60 percent of voters sided with Republican and political novice Brad Wheeler Tuesday over incumbent Democrat Alison Bartlett.
In a clear victory Tuesday, political newcomer and 20-year Powder Springs resident Brad Wheeler will take over as the West Cobb representative on the county Board of Education. “The schools are the heart of your community,” the 57-year-old Republican and retired teacher and coach told Patch by phone shortly before midnight, “and I care a lot about it.” With all 26 of the seat’s precincts reporting, roughly 60 percent of voters sided with Wheeler over incumbent Democrat Alison Bartlett, who will finish out her first four-year term until Wheeler takes over in January. Bartlett’s 40 percent equaled 15,931 votes, while Wheeler grabbed 24,145. “There are some great things that happened (while I was on the board), and I hope they keep moving …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Thirty-nine from Tapp Middle were nominated by their teachers for showing the character trait of the quarter.
Thirty-nine Tapp Middle students were recently honored for showing respect as part of the school’s program that awards those who display a certain trait. At Monday night’s City Council meeting, some of those students were recognized by Mayor Pat Vaughn, who recently attended a Chick-fil-A-sponsored breakfast with them. “Each teacher recommended a student from her class that she felt had best represented respect,” the mayor said. “I want you to know how proud I am of these students.” All the character traits play off the acronym PRIDE—Performance, Respect, Integrity, Determination, Excellence. Hence, the program is called Students of Pride. It was put together by Tapp’s teachers and Principal Jeanne Walker over the summer, and, since …