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Cobb Schools Security Contract on Agenda

The school board also is expected to vote on a contract extension for Superintendent Michael Hinojosa Thursday.

The extension of an existing contract to install "buzz-in" security systems at elementary schools is on the Cobb Board of Education agenda Thursday.

The board will hold its monthly business meeting at 7 p.m. at the Cobb County School District central office, 514 Glover Street, Marietta. A public comment session will be held at the start of the meeting.

Earlier this month the board heard at its work session about the proposed $900,000 extension with Kratos Defense and Security, a sole source provider.

The money would come from surplus SPLOST III funds and the contract period begin on April 1 and conclude on March 31, 2014.

Similar security installation work began in the Cobb school system during the SPLOST II period.

Thursday's meeting will be the first for new Cobb schools security chief Ron Storey, a longtime officer with the Cobb Police Department.

He succeeds James Arrowood, who is retiring and who will be recognized by the board near the start of the meeting.

The board also is expected to vote on a contract extension for Superintendent Michael Hinojosa, who was hired away from the Dallas Independent School District in 2011.

Other items have the board considering approving cost changes in renovation projects at four schools, with three of them having incurred significant overruns from the approval amounts for the current SPLOST III period:
  • A bid for $734,000 at Argyle Elementary, up from a designated $374,280 (96 percent increase);
  • A bid for $3,035,000 million at Baker Elementary, up from a designated $2,151,000 million (41 percent increase);
  • A bid for $443,800 at Harmony Leland Elementary, up from a designated $306,552 (44 percent increase);
  • A bid for $504,965 at Nicholson Elementary, down from a designated $612,320 (18 percent decrease).

School officials say contingency funding is available in the SPLOST III account to pay for the additional costs.

Details for all agenda items can be found on the attached PDF. The meeting also can be seen on a livestreaming feed on the CCSD website.

stephen m george jr mpa May 17, 2013 at 06:07 AM
$900,00.00 ...! What are we getting with this contract ...a SCUD Missile Launcher ...?
Pam J May 17, 2013 at 03:58 PM
How about the 96% increase in the cost to renovate Argyle Elementary School? And $3M+ for Baker Elementary School? All these kids need is safety and comfort. Not luxuries.
stephen m george jr mpa May 17, 2013 at 11:58 PM
And the teachers think we're jerks to question their pay increase ...? The simple matter of the fact is that not only do the teachers not understand they're living beyond their means ...the CCSD as an organization doesn't understand they're living beyond their means.

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