Board Sets 2009 Priorities,
Elects New Chair, Vice-Chair
During its first meeting of 2009, the Cobb County Board of Education set its priorities for the year ahead:
• Measurable gains/growth as measured by national and state test scores
• Quality teaching and leadership
• Keep track of students through system
• Utilize community in decision making
• Utilize resources and create sustainable partnerships
• Board member responsibility to communicate with community and local/state officials
• Annual performance assessment of Superintendent/Service Providers/Board to include an independent evaluation
• Follow board policy
• Responsible fiscal stewardship to include SPLOST management
The Board is very interested in hearing feedback from the public on its new priorities. To send a comment, please e-mail BoardEducation@cobbk12.org.
At its Jan. 14 work session, the board also unanimously elected Dr. John Abraham to serve as chairman for 2009 and Lynnda Crowder-Eagle to serve as vice-chairman.
New Board Members Sworn In
Four newly-elected members of the Board were sworn into service during the first weeks of 2009. Post 1 representative Lynnda Crowder-Eagle and Post 7 representative Alison Bartlett were sworn in by Judge Tain Kell on Monday, Jan. 5. Post 3 representative David Morgan and Post 5 representative David Banks were sworn in by Judge Mary Staley on Monday, Jan. 12. Family, friends, community supporters and School District employees were in attendance to witness the ceremonies and to meet and greet the new Board members.
Read more and view photos on the CobbCast news blog...
The good news story of SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) continues for Cobb County taxpayers. The following agenda items approved by the Board of Education are SPLOST-related and/or involve the use of SPLOST funds. In December 2008 and January 2009, the School Board:
• Awarded Bid 09-05 to Computrac, with an estimated cost of $2 million. The bid will allow schools to purchase projectors and related items.
• Awarded Bid 09-06 to Computrac, Logical Choice Technologies, and Multi Media Services, with an estimated cost of $1 million. The bid will allow schools to purchase interactive classroom devices on an as-needed basis.
• Awarded bid 09-13 to a total of eight vendors to provide classroom furniture throughout the District on an as-needed basis. The estimated cost of the bid is $1,097,865.
• Awarded bid 09-15 to Russell Ventures, Inc., to provide administrative office furniture throughout the District. The estimated annual cost of the bid is $500,000.
• Approved using SPLOST II contingency funds to extend the warranty on 49,256 Dell computers for two additional years at a cost of $5,910,720 ($60 per machine per year).
• Approved the initial prioritization of SPLOST III projects. The project priority list is available online here.
• Directed administration to reassign remaining SPLOST II project management from the Facility Group to Garrard Program Management, LLC, provided Garrard agrees to the District’s terms.
• Approved using SPLOST I & II contingency funds to reroof Harrison High School at an estimated cost of $2.1 million.
• Approved reimbursing the Cobb County Board of Commissioners $353,684 to cover the cost of the Sept. 16, 2008 special election for SPLOST III and school board Post 7.
These projects were part of the SPLOST II & III programs approved Cobb County voters in 2003 and 2008. To view the agenda items for the projects, please click here . To view the proposal for the SPLOST III referendum approved Sept. 16, 2008, please click here.