Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The Cobb Board of Education voted Wednesday against a motion to initiate proceedings against board member David Banks.
After trying for two months to formally rebuke one of her colleagues, Cobb Board of Education member Kathleen Angelucci couldn't get enough votes to trigger an official hearing on the matter. On Wednesday morning the school board rejected, by a 4-3 vote, her motion to conduct censure proceedings against David Banks, whom she accused in July of violating numerous board ethics policies. Voting with Banks to deny the motion were board members Lynnda Eagle, chairman Scott Sweeney and vice chairman David Morgan. Alison Bartlett and Tim Stultz voted with Angelucci in favor of the motion, which according to school board attorney Clem Doyle would have initiated a hearing process that would have called for a 30-day advance notification, the …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
A proposal to take action against newly re-elected member David Banks will resume in September.
The Cobb Board of Education was supposed to discuss a possible censure measure against one of its own members on Wednesday, but that move has been postponed. Board member Kathleen Angelucci, who last month proposed censuring colleague David Banks, asked for the delay so the full board could take up the matter. Fellow board member Lynnda Eagle was absent from Wednesday's regular work session. A discussion of the options facing the board has been put on the agenda of its Sept. 12 work session. "If this board does vote to proceed" with a motion to censure, Cobb school board attorney Clem Doyle said during the meeting, "I would recommend that it be confined to the issue at hand, in order to be fair to all." Angelucci, who represents Post 4 (…
Friday, July 20, 2012
Kathleen Angelucci claims David Banks violated board ethics by contacting school employees about his political opponents.
Cobb Board of Education member Kathleen Angelucci has publicly accused one of her colleagues of unethical behavior and has asked for him to be censured. At the end of the board's long business meeting Thursday night, Angelucci claimed that David Banks "compromised school board ethics" by seeking to obtain information about a political opponent through Cobb County School District employees. Banks is in a difficult re-election battle in the July 31 Republican primary for the Post 5 seat, which includes the Lassiter and Pope high school districts of East Cobb. Angelucci, who represents Northeast Cobb's Post 4 (Kell, Sprayberry and North Cobb high schools), said Banks "attempted to influence the election" by admitting in his own e-mail …
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Apply by Monday, March 26 to help set the 2013-14 Cobb academic schedule.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The chance to stop arguing about the Cobb County School District calendar and start doing something about it has arrived. The school system is forming the calendar advisory committee proposed last fall by Superintendent Michael Hinojosa and, after much discussion, approved by the Board of Education. Each of the county’s four PTA councils—East Cobb, Jessye Coleman, South Cobb and Tom Mathis Sr.—gets two members on the committee, which also will include teachers, administrators and community representatives. The plan is for the committee to meet three to five times, starting in August, and recommend a 2013-14 calendar to Hinojosa in September. The hope, perhaps futile, is that the committee can come up with a calendar that bridges the bitter…
Friday, December 9, 2011
The Cobb County Board of Education approved a memorandum promising to comply with state laws on records and meetings without admitting past violations.
A Georgia senior assistant attorney general focused on the Cobb County Board of Education’s future rather than past “serious accusations” during a training session Thursday on open records and public meetings. Stefan Ritter said the allegations of open meetings violations weren’t bad enough to warrant more than the training and a memorandum of understanding to ensure compliance with state laws. “We did not think this was as egregious as some of the violations we’ve seen” elsewhere, Ritter told Patch. “Nonetheless, we look at this in a forward way. Our goal is not so much to punish people, but to seek compliance to the law.” The memorandum of understanding says that if no evidence of new open records or open meetings violations comes up in …
Thursday, November 10, 2011
East Cobb board member Scott Sweeney: One person shouldn't have veto power over administrative procedures.
The school calendar stirred emotions again Wednesday as Cobb County Board of Education members and Superintendent Michael Hinojosa debated the process of how to make a rule to create the calendar. Early in the 17-minute discussion at the board’s monthly work session, Hinojosa said he didn’t want one person to stand in the way of recommended rules. “It appears that one board member may have veto power over a rule, and I don’t want to revisit that every month. That’s why I’ve decided to do what I’m going to do,” he said. Board Vice Chairman Scott Sweeney of East Cobb’s Post 6 exercised that power last month. Facing Hinojosa’s proposal for a 29-member committee to draft calendar recommendations starting with the 2013-14 school year, Sweeney …
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Cobb Board of Education spurns a proposal for a large committee to work on the calendar-setting process.
The Cobb County Board of Education voted 6-1 Thursday night to reject a proposed calendar-setting process, but only after Superintendent Michael Hinojosa agreed to withdraw and rework the policy. Having established that 22 of the 29 people on the calendar advisory committee created under the proposal would have been selected by or represented Cobb County School Districtofficials, board Vice Chairman Scott Sweeney presented an alternative. Sweeney, who represents East Cobb’s Post 6, suggested an 18-member committee, equally split between community and district representatives and chaired by a nonvoting member. Board members wouldn’t appoint any of the committee members. Sweeney’s proposal calls for two parent representatives each from the …
Friday, February 25, 2011
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Friday, February 25, 2011
I just wanted to add something that I feel may have been missing from your article about the balanced calendar (Cobb Parents Start School Calendar Petition Drive, East Cobb Patch, Wednesday, Feb. 23). The school board in Cobb County allowed parents, teachers, and students to vote on what they wanted in a survey that would end on the day that they voted on the change. The survey came back overwhelmingly in support of the balanced calendar and was just simply ignored. Why do the survey? How many calls could they have possibly received in support of their decision that goes against more than 50,000 people who are not in favor of their position? In an age where there is a heightened sense that government officials don't understand what the …
Friday, January 7, 2011
Friends, family and supporters celebrate the swearing in of Kathleen Angelucci, Scott Sweeney and Tim Stultz – Cobb County’s newest Board of Education members.
Appetizers, fruit and desserts donated by friends of the new board members welcomed guests to the celebratory atmosphere. Cameras clicked frequently, handshakes came easily and hugs were the norm as family, friends and supporters of Tim Stultz, Kathleen Angelucci and Scott Sweeney rejoiced in the swearing-in ceremonies of the Cobb County Board of Education members representing Posts 2, 4 and 6 Thursday night at the district’s Central Office. “I’m looking forward to working with them and sitting down with each of them individually,” retiring Superintendent Fred Sanderson said. “We’ll continue to work on academic achievement like we have for the last five years. Change is always exciting to me. It’s a chance to look at things differently and…