Monday, April 29, 2013
The board of education is scheduled to take an initial vote at Monday's called work session.
After two grueling work sessions, the Cobb Board of Education has scheduled another one for Monday as it faces a deadline for tentative approval of the fiscal year 2014 budget. A special meeting has been called for 1 p.m. Monday as the school board continues to work to close a projected deficit of $86.4 million. Monday's work session will take place in the board room of the Cobb County School District headquarters at 514 Glover Street, Marietta. The meeting also will be live-streamed on the CCSD website. The board is expected to vote for tentative approval, which it is required by law to do in order to advertise a public hearing on the budget. That public hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m., and final budget approval …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
A proposal to take action against newly re-elected member David Banks will resume in September.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
The Cobb Board of Education was supposed to discuss a possible censure measure against one of its own members on Wednesday, but that move has been postponed. Board member Kathleen Angelucci, who last month proposed censuring colleague David Banks, asked for the delay so the full board could take up the matter. Fellow board member Lynnda Eagle was absent from Wednesday's regular work session. A discussion of the options facing the board has been put on the agenda of its Sept. 12 work session. "If this board does vote to proceed" with a motion to censure, Cobb school board attorney Clem Doyle said during the meeting, "I would recommend that it be confined to the issue at hand, in order to be fair to all." Angelucci, who represents Post 4 (…
Friday, July 20, 2012
Kathleen Angelucci claims David Banks violated board ethics by contacting school employees about his political opponents.
Friday, July 20, 2012
Cobb Board of Education member Kathleen Angelucci has publicly accused one of her colleagues of unethical behavior and has asked for him to be censured. At the end of the board's long business meeting Thursday night, Angelucci claimed that David Banks "compromised school board ethics" by seeking to obtain information about a political opponent through Cobb County School District employees. Banks is in a difficult re-election battle in the July 31 Republican primary for the Post 5 seat, which includes the Lassiter and Pope high school districts of East Cobb. Angelucci, who represents Northeast Cobb's Post 4 (Kell, Sprayberry and North Cobb high schools), said Banks "attempted to influence the election" by admitting in his own e-mail …
Friday, May 18, 2012
The Board of Education has until June 30 to find a compromise that at least four members can support for fiscal 2013.
The Cobb County School District has to go back to the chalkboard after the Board of Education failed to approve the fiscal 2013 budget Thursday night. The school board has until June 30 to pass a budget for the year that starts July 1, but after the extensive, often passionate debate Thursday, the path forward is unclear. A special meeting will be scheduled to search for an answer. The seven board members staked out at least four distinct positions on the proposed $841.9 million budget—none of them matching the administration's recommendation. Superintendent Michael Hinojosa and Chief Financial Officer Mike Addison entered the meeting recommending the same budget that the school board passed April 26 on a preliminary basis. It features 350…
Thursday, January 12, 2012
The Sweeney era begins in earnest next Wednesday with a work session at 8:30 a.m. at the Central Office.
The Cobb County Board of Education started 2012 just as it spent much of 2011—split 4-3. The familiar divide arose as soon as the board convened Wednesday at 5 p.m. to elect a new chairman and vice chairman. West Cobb’s Lynnda Eagle nominated David Morgan of South Cobb; Smyrna’s Tim Stultz nominated 2011 Vice Chairman Scott Sweeney of East Cobb. Sure enough, Sweeney won, 4-3, backed by outgoing Chairwoman Alison Bartlett from the central part of the county, Stultz and North Cobb’s Kathleen Angelucci. That’s the same quartet that united last year behind the traditional school calendar. Morgan received the support of Eagle and East Cobb and Northeast Cobb representative David Banks, the same group that voted for the balanced calendar last …
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
The Cobb Parents site says it's not too late to change the 2012-13 Cobb County School District schedule.
Backers of a balanced Cobb County School District calendar have launched a website in the hope of changing the schedule for next school year. Cobb Parents started last week and offers a link to email the seven Cobb Board of Education members at once. The goal is to persuade them to switch from the current traditional calendar to the balanced calendar the district used in 2010-11. The board dumped the balanced calendar with less than six months’ notice Feb. 17 on a 4-3 vote, and the Cobb Parents organizers hope for a repeat in reverse. “There is a unique opportunity for Cobb County to come together to give input to the board on the 2012-2013 calendar,” said Thom Gray, a father of four, including three in Cobb County schools. “The board’s …
Friday, December 9, 2011
The Cobb County Board of Education approves a memorandum promising to comply with state laws on records and meetings without admitting past violations.
A Georgia senior assistant attorney general focused on the Cobb County Board of Education’s future rather than past “serious accusations” during a training session Thursday on open records and public meetings. Stefan Ritter said the allegations of open meetings violations weren’t bad enough to warrant more than the training and a memorandum of understanding to ensure compliance with state laws. “We did not think this was as egregious as some of the violations we’ve seen” elsewhere, Ritter told Patch. “Nonetheless, we look at this in a forward way. Our goal is not so much to punish people, but to seek compliance to the law.” The memorandum of understanding says that if no evidence of new open records or open meetings violations comes up in …
Thursday, November 10, 2011
David Banks’ proposed 1 percent bonus for all district employees dies without a vote.
The school calendar stirred emotions again Wednesday as Cobb County Board of Education members and Superintendent Michael Hinojosa debated the process of how to make a rule to create the calendar. Early in the 17-minute discussion at the board’s monthly work session, Hinojosa said he didn’t want one person to stand in the way of recommended rules. “It appears that one board member may have veto power over a rule, and I don’t want to revisit that every month. That’s why I’ve decided to do what I’m going to do,” he said. Board Vice Chairman Scott Sweeney of East Cobb’s Post 6 exercised that power last month. Facing Hinojosa’s proposal for a 29-member committee to draft calendar recommendations starting with the 2013-14 school year, Sweeney …
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Cobb County Board of Education member David Banks proposes a 1 percent bonus for all school employees.
The large savings that once were common for Cobb County School District construction projects are no longer there, causing SPLOST Chief Administrative Officer Doug Shepard to modify the use of the plan for accelerated SPLOST construction projects. The Cobb County Board of Education will listen to the administration’s proposal during its monthly work session at 8:30 a.m. today in the Central Office boardroom at 514 Glover St. “We’re not seeing the savings in the current construction market that we’ve observed in the past,” Shepard told Patch. In October 2010, the board approved accelerating SPLOST III projects to take advantage of construction costs driven down by the recession. The plan was to be funded through 2013. Over the summer, the …
Friday, October 28, 2011
The Cobb County School District will create a proposal for a smaller group to work on the annual schedule.
The Cobb County Board of Education voted 6-1 Thursday night to reject a proposed calendar-setting process, but only after Superintendent Michael Hinojosa agreed to withdraw and rework the policy. Having established that 22 of the 29 people on the calendar advisory committee created under the proposal would have been selected by or represented Cobb County School District officials, board Vice Chairman Scott Sweeney presented an alternative. Sweeney, who represents East Cobb’s Post 6, suggested an 18-member committee, equally split between community and district representatives and chaired by a nonvoting member. Board members wouldn’t appoint any of the committee members. Sweeney’s proposal calls for two parent representatives each from the …