Cobb School Board Reaches Budget Impasse
Board members can't agree on proposed spending cuts, furlough days and class size increases.
Updated 9:35 p.m.
The Cobb Board of Education on Thursday failed to pass a proposed $842 million operating budget for fiscal year 2012-13, unable to agree on a combination of measures to address an estimated $62 million deficit.
Four different alternatives were presented, and all four were defeated.
Among them were a proposal by East Cobb board member David Banks caling for two furlough days and no increase in class sizes; that measure was defeated by a 6-1 vote.
The board voted 4-3 against another option that would include three furlough days and restoring funds for paraprofessionals.
Board chairman Scott Sweeney of East Cobb said a special called meeting to be announced would be required to pass the budget impasse, but even he admitted he didn't know how the board's differences would be resolved.
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 Glover St., Marietta. A half-hour of public comments will open the meeting, followed by board recognition for some newly crowned Georgia High School Association state champions.
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