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 …
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…
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
The Cobb County school board voted 4-3 to proceed immediately with the full $14.5 million renovation project.
The full $14.5 million Harrison High School construction project, including the ninth-grade center, will proceed this summer after all. The Cobb County Board of Education voted 4-3 this afternoon to move ahead with the bundled project, reversing a 4-3 decision March 22 to break up the work and postpone the ninth-grade center indefinitely. It was the third time in 15 months that the school board voted on the Harrison project, and the third time the vote was 4-3. The only difference in the votes has been Vice Chairman David Morgan of South Cobb’s Post 3. He joined Lynnda Eagle of West Cobb, David Banks of Northeast and East Cobb, and Scott Sweeney of East Cobb in voting to put the ninth-grade center at Harrison and award the architectural …