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School Calendar Proposals Increase

The Cobb school board was presented nine different calendars on Wednesday.

Sorting through nine calendar proposals for the 2013-14 school year will occupy a good bit of the Cobb Board of Education's for the next couple of weeks.

That's how many different proposals were presented during Wednesday's work session. The board is expected to vote at its business meeting on Oct. 25, but the job of whittling down that list has become more complicated.

Board member David Banks and Superintendent Michael Hinojosa detailed their calendars prior to the work session.

According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, board member Alison Bartlett also has submitted a proposal (see attached PDF), as has a calendar committee created last year at the behest of Hinojosa, who said during the meeting he has no preference. 

kathy turner October 11, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Wow can we just figure this out and move on to teaching our children!
ecobb mom October 11, 2012 at 01:22 PM
David Banks needs to retire, he adds no value to our board and has treated concerned citizens with zero respect. Any option from him should automatically be ignored
AJ October 11, 2012 at 01:23 PM
I don't think this is affecting the teachers' ability to teach considering there is a calendar committee and the board members don't teach. I'm more worried about parents who don't actually parent and rely on teachers and to do that.
AJ October 11, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Sorry about that extra "and" in that last post...
M. Stone October 11, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Why does this have to keep coming up? What a complete waste of time. Don't the Board members and the superintendent have more important things to do besides continuing to stir up resentment and division with the calendar issue AGAIN?
JD October 11, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Oh goodie. More debate on the calendar. Maybe we should just teach 365 days a year, and everyone can just drop in whenever they feel like it.
JudyJ October 12, 2012 at 12:04 PM
I for one resent the criticism of David Banks! He is the only one who has stood up for the majority of the people's preference. Yes, this calendar issue keeps coming up for a good reason. It's still not right! Look at Cherokee County's calendar. They got it right and their CRCT scores went up. The original agreement was the Balanced calendar for 3 years, then after only one year, it got canned from those infamous school board members. It's a disgrace to the county that these people are able to play God and ax committed agreements. No, I don't want the calendar issue to go away until we go back to the original agreement. The students, parents and teachers loved it! Need I say more? You people who want to bash and criticize everything should apply to be on the School Board, because that is the way some of the members have been thinking.Why do you think David Banks got re-elected? He cares about the people (students, parents and teachers)!! Take a deep breathe and think about the big picture here. Thank you.
kathy turner October 13, 2012 at 02:54 PM
David Banks was re-elected because two other people ran against him. Had one person been on the ballot against him, I am not so sure he would have made the cut. I do not care at this point which calendar we have. Just make the decision and stick to it for x # of years. Look all over the United States and you will see many different calendars put into use. I for one just think our kids need to be in school and learn. In the end the decision should be what will help the kids be educate.
Holly October 14, 2012 at 02:07 PM
I love Alison Barlett's calendar proposal! It starts school a little later so we are not sending our children to school in 90+ degree weather on buses that are not air conditioned. I would think it would save the school district some money on utilities too. Not to mention that it would give my family a much better Summer. Starting school in late August and finishing at the beginning of June is the way it should be. Starting school at the beginning of August and then giving the children a week off in September is disruptive and unproductive for my children. Especially for my son who has ADHD. Too many breaks messes up a consistant schedule and causes my children to be off track. The week before break that is all they think about and getting back into the flow of school takes the whole week after. That is 3 wasted weeks. Why is that a good idea? Especially when it could happen 5 times a year. In my opinion that makes about 16 weeks durring the school year disrupted by breaks.
Holly October 14, 2012 at 03:41 PM
We didn't all love the balanced calendar and it's not the new Superintendents fault for the mess the calendar issue has caused. I think we are being held hostage by having to maybe start school at the beginning of August.
Frank October 15, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Judy, Judy, Judy... Many actually applaud criticism of Banks who favored a post Labor Day school start to get elected and then flipped flopped. He survived a runoff by a mere 7 votes - hardly a mandate. Comparing Cobb to Cherokee is not an apples to apples comparison. Trying to make it so doesn't make any sense in spite of your veiled attempt to do so. Cobb has more than 106,000 students - Cherokee has fewer than 39,000 students Cobb has approx. 43% of its students eligible for free and reduced lunches - Cherokee has approx. 30% Cobb's % of White students is 44% - Cherokee's is 75% Cobb's % of Black students is 31% - Cherokee's is 7% Cobb's % of Hispanic students is 16% - Cherokee's is 13% By the way - scores in Cobb have gone up regardless of the calendar.
M. Stone October 15, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Instead of haggling over the stupid calendar issue again, why isn't the Board exploring converting our worst-performing schools to charter schools modeled on our best-performing ones? Certainly that would keep them busy, and could potentially benefit a lot more students than more calendar changes. If you're going to disrupt the status quo, do it for a big reason with better potential results.

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