Updated 7 a.m. April 10
It turns out Wheeler itself remains in Scott Sweeney's district, although the attendance zone for the high school is split between Sweeney and David Banks.
Banks disseminated a more detailed map of the new Board of Education posts Monday night, and it shows that the border between the East Cobb members bows westward to keep Wheeler in Sweeney's district, along with East Cobb Middle across Holt Road.
Here’s a little homework for you during spring break this week: Figure out who your school board member is.
Either David Banks or Scott Sweeney is your representative on the Cobb County Board of Education if you live in East Cobb Patch. That was true before the Georgia General Assembly enacted new post borders Thursday night, and it’s true now.
Beyond that, things are fuzzy for those of us who live in unincorporated Cobb in ZIP codes 30062, 30067 and 30068.
That’s because the only copy of the official map I’ve seen is a fuzzy, low-res version Banks distributed in his David’s Grapevine email newsletter Saturday and because the list of VTDs—voter tabulation districts—in H.B. 1208 is incomplete.
I’m in precinct Eastside 02, for example, which has been part of Sweeney’s Post 6 but is split between Post 6 and Banks’ Post 5 on the new map. The dividing line appears to be Holt Road or perhaps just east of Holt Road; I live just east of Holt Road.
But the legislation doesn’t mention Eastside 02, so I don’t know whether I’ll see a school board election on my primary ballot July 31. Banks is up for re-election this year; Sweeney is not.
To accommodate population growth in northwest Cobb since 2000, the census-driven realignment expands the geography covered by eastern districts and creates a clockwise domino effect. Banks has battled the proposals throughout the process.
Banks lost some territory on the west side of his post to Kathleen Angelucci’s Post 4 and picked up some of Sweeney’s area to the south and east. Sweeney’s post, in turn, spread south into Smyrna and Vinings to take in part of Tim Stultz’s Post 2.
Bartlett last year opposed plans to build a ninth-grade center in West Cobb and led the successful opposition to that project at Harrison on March 22, costing the school district at least $460,000. More than a few Harrison parents are eager to pay her back at the polls.
The Indian Hills subdivision appears to be divided along Indian Hills Parkway—west of the line to Banks, east of the line to Sweeney.
East Cobb Patch will offer clearer information when we get it, but be sure to pay close attention to your next voter registration card.