"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…
More particulars about fiscal year 2014 will be presented at a school board work session Wednesday.
Tuesday, February 12
The Cobb Board of Education will hear more about the fiscal year 2014 budget process during a work session Wednesday. The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. in the board room of the Cobb County School District central office located at 514 Glover Street in Marietta. A public comment session takes place at the start of the meeting. Cobb schools chief financial officer Brad Johnson told board members last month that preliminary figures for fiscal year 2014 show a shortfall of $79.5 million. The creation of a calendar for budget approval also is on the agenda. The board typically adopts a budget in May, which then goes into effect July 1. Other items include the possible appointment of a new public safety director for the school district. James …