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…
Monday, May 7, 2012
Only one person spoke during the only public hearing scheduled on the Cobb County School District's proposed $841.9 million spending plan for fiscal 2013.
So only one person, Educators First head Tana Page, spoke during the public hearing, although to be fair, at least four teachers spoke during the teacher salary hearing at 6:30. You can recap the brief meeting in the CoverItLive blog above. But I'll reiterate the questions from that blog right here. What does the lack of turnout from the public and, for that matter, the board members mean? Do Cobb County residents not care about the schools budget? Are they happy with the proposed spending plan? Do they think the school board doesn't care what they have to say? Let us know what you think in the comment space below. The Cobb County Board of Education is holding its only public hearing on the fiscal 2013 budget for the Cobb County School …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
The 6-1 vote keeps the school district moving toward final budget approval May 17, but no Board of Education members seem happy with the plan to close a $62.5 million deficit.
The Cobb County Board of Education voted 6-1 Thursday night to give preliminary approval to an $851 million budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. But school board members made it clear that their action was procedural and they are not prepared to give the current plan final approval May 17 without seeing other options. The preliminary budget closes a projected $62.5 million deficit by increasing class size, reducing the number of teachers by 350, furloughing employees for five days, cutting the school year to 175 days, making media center paraprofessionals part-timers, delaying step raises by half a year and spending $21 million of reserve funds, among other actions. The district needs 75 more teachers to decide in the next month …