Saturday, May 18, 2013
They have created incentive programs to encourage students to read during the summer break.
For the first time, the Cobb County School District is partnering with the Cobb County Public Library System to create a "unified" summer reading experience for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Not only have they developed suggested reading lists to represent both school and public library collections, they have created incentive programs to encourage students to read during the summer break. The last day of school in Cobb is this Thursday, May 23. "Research consistently indicates that summer reading programs help boost student achievement and bridge the 'summer gap' of retention and learning focus," said Janell McClure, the library media education supervisor for the Cobb County School District. "We’re excited to partner with…
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
A partial list of teachers, principals and other staff who will be leaving at the end of the school year.
From Post 5 Cobb Board of Education member David Banks: It was a pleasure to participate in the Teacher Retirement ceremony this past Friday at Roswell Street Baptist Church. We should all honor their dedication of so many years to the students of Cobb County. Addison Elementary Blackwell Elementary Brumby Elementary Daniell Middle School Davis Elementary Dickerson Middle School Dodgen Middle School East Cobb Middle School East Side Elementary Eastvalley Elementary Hightower Trail Middle School Keheley Elementary Kell High School Kincaid Elementary Lassiter High School McCleskey Middle School Mt. Bethel Elementary Murdock Elementary Nichlson Elementary Pope High School Rocky Mount Elementary Sedalia Park Elementary Shallowford Falls …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The school board has received two possible options as it moves closer to adopting the fiscal year 2014 budget.
Cobb school superintendent Michael Hinojosa is recommending that the five furlough dates built into the tentatively adopted fiscal year 2014 budget take place in October and next February. At a work session on Wednesday, the Cobb Board of Education received two proposed options for the furlough dates, which are under consideration before a scheduled official budget vote on May 16. Hinojosa's recommendation would be for the furlough dates -- which apply to all Cobb County School District employees -- to be scheduled for Thursday and Friday, Oct. 3-4, Thursday and Friday, Feb. 13- 14 and Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, is a district holiday due to President's Day. That proposal would allow the 2013-14 academic year to begin on…
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Hightower Trail, Mt. Bethel and Dickerson have the best Cobb scores in the College and Career Ready Performance Index, which replaces No Child Left Behind measures.
The first test of Georgia's alternative to No Child Left Behind has yielded fairly good marks for the Cobb County School District and excellent results for a number of schools in East Cobb. According to the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), students at the elementary, middle and high school levels in the Cobb district surpassed the state average on a wide-ranging accountability spectrum. The index grades each school in the state on a 100-point scale, measuring achievement (70 points) and tracking progress points (15 points) and achievement gap points (15 points). Sixteen of the 19 schools in East Cobb (ZIP codes 30062, 30067, 30068) reached or surpassed a score of 80, and 14 schools had scores of 90 or better, led by …
Friday, April 26, 2013
The Cobb Board of Education will spend $1 million complete installation of the devices in high schools.
The Cobb Board of Education voted Thursday to restore $1 million in current Cobb Education SPLOST III funds to complete the installation of surveillance cameras in high schools. The vote, which passed unanimously (7-0), came after the Cobb Facilities and Technology Committee, which conducts SPLOST oversight, urged the board to spend the contingency funding to improve security. Camera installation at the 16 high schools in the Cobb County School District was delayed when the funding was cut as part of across-the-board reductions in the SPLOST III program. The $1 million represents around 20 percent of SPLOST III money designated for surveillance cameras. The cuts did not affect installations at elementary and middle schools. When the …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The district has created a portal with fiscal year 2014 budget information.
The Cobb County School District has created a special web page with fiscal year 2014 budget information, including an eight-minute video and links to downloadable financial details, including the forecast and this year's budget calendar. Readers also may make comments about the budget on that page. The district faces an $86.4 million deficit for FY 2014, and after a work session last week, the Cobb Board of Education urged officials to come up with altenatives to proposed cuts that some board members declared would affect the educational mission. Also on the page is information about the proposed "Strawman" concept for online learning, which could shift as many as 25 percent of all teaching positions in the county from the classroom by …
Monday, April 1, 2013
Wednesday's session will include more details on addressing an estimated $86.4 million deficit for fiscal year 2014.
The Cobb Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Wednesday devoted to the proposed fiscal year 2014 budget. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. in the board room at the Cobb County School District central office, 514 Glover Street, Marietta. The meeting also will be streamed live on the CCSD website. Last month the school board heard initial recommendations to balance a deficit projected at $86.4 million, including five days of teacher and staff furloughs, cutting nearly 300 professional positions, mostly teachers through attrition, canceling employee cost-of-living increases, reductions in transportation services and borrowing from reserve funds. District Chief Financial Officer Brad Johnson also unveiled a conceptual plan for for an …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Lassiter, Pope, Walton and Wheeler high schools account for 39 of the 86 students from the Cobb County School District.
Tuesday, March 26
Students from Lassiter, Pope, Walton and Wheeler high schools have been chosen for the Georgia Governor's Honors Program this summer. They are among the 86 students selected from the Cobb County School District. Three students from Marietta City Schools also were chosen as part of a group of 690 finalists statewide, out of more than 3,000 applicants. The Governor's Honors Program, which is administered by the Georgia Department of Education, is a summer residential instructional program designed to provide intellectually gifted and artistically talented high school students challenging and enriching educational opportunities not usually available during the regular school year. Activities are designed to provide each participant with …
Dickerson, Dodgen and Hightower Trail all had more than 90 percent of students meet or exceed state standards.
Tuesday, March 26
Eighty-seven percent of students in the Cobb County School District met or surpassed standards in the winter 2013 state Eighth Grade Writing Test, according to a figures released by the district Monday. Cobb has the highest percentage of students of any school district in the metro Atlanta area reaching or surpassing the state benchmark, and it is one point above 2012 Cobb results. The metro figure is 86 percent, while across the state 82 percent of students reached or went beyond the standards. East Cobb-area middle schools topped the school-by-school results once again, with Dodgen Middle School having 98 percent of its students meet or go beyond the state standards; at Dickerson Middle School and Hightower Trail Middle School, it was 97…
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Georgia law requires that kindergarten students be five years old on or before Sept. 1.
With two months left in the 2012-13 school year, it's time for parents of new kindergarten students to register their children for the 2013-14 school year. Parents can go to any Cobb County elementary school from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. March 27 to complete the registration process. To find out what school your child will attend, check the Cobb County School District bus routes site. For more info about registration requirements, please visit the enrollment webpage.