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education-related issues. The Board of Education appreciates your support of excellence in education.

District Calendar Options

Below are four options for the District’s school calendar. Each file (requires Acrobat Reader) includes a calendar for the 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years.

Current Calendar - Most closely resembles the 2009-2010 school year calendar; First day of school is second week of August; last day of school one week before Memorial Day.

Mid-August Start Date Calendar - First day of school begins one week later in August; three-day Thanksgiving; Winter Break shortened three days; last day of school one week before Memorial Day in 2010-2011 & 2011-2012.

Current Calendar Plus February Vacation - Resembles current calendar but adds week off in February; last day of school is Friday before Memorial Day.

Balanced Calendar - First day of school is first week of August; one-week vacation breaks at mid-term in September and February; last day of school is Friday before Memorial Day.

If you would like to submit your opinion about these options, please directly e-mail your respective Board of Education representative by clicking on the member’s name.

Cobb Business Leaders Become 'Teachers For A Day'

Mihkel Allpere of the Georgia Aquarium teaches a lesson to students at Russell Elementary School in Smyrna.

Sixty-six business and community leaders spent a day in the life of Cobb teachers as part of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce's Teacher For A Day program! The guest instructors spent an entire school day shadowing Cobb teachers, gaining unique insight into the strengths and challenges of public education.

Click here to watch Cobb edTV's coverage of the Teacher for A Day program on the District Web site.

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 September 2009, the School Board:

• Approved the purchase of land adjacent to South Cobb High School for the school's SPLOST III construction project. The 6.071 acres of land was purchased at a cost of $1,596,922.

•Approved the appointment of four architectural firms for upcoming SPLOST III addition/modification projects at Bells Ferry Elementary, Sprayberry High, Pine Mountain Middle and Pope High schools.

These projects were part of the SPLOST III program approved by Cobb County voters in 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.

Cobb County Schools are proud to be part of the Be There parent involvement initiative. Click here to find out more.

'Give Our Schools
A Hand' Celebrates Teachers Throughout Month of October

The District joined the Cobb Chamber of Commerce for the annual 'Give Our School A Hand' events in October, celebrating the impact educators make on Cobb County. Teacher of the Year Kelly Bramblett unveiled her handprint on Marietta Square Oct. 7. Honorees from every Cobb school were given the red carpet treatment at the community pep rally Oct. 27. Read more about the 'Give Our Schools A Hand' events on the CobbCast blog.

Students From Nine Cobb High Schools Named National Merit Semifinalists

Fifty-five students from nine Cobb high schools were among the semifinalists for the 2010 National Merit Scholarship Program. The number of semifinalists named in each state is in proportion to its percentage of the national total of high school graduating seniors and is based on performance on the 2008 Preliminary SAT.

Read the list of National Merit Scholarship semifinalists on the CobbCast news blog.

CCSD Welcomes New Community Relations, SPLOST Personnel

Two new faces joined the Cobb County School District in September, both part of Superintendent Fred Sanderson's executive cabinet.

Michelle Luckett serves as Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and is responsible for community relations efforts involving families, the Chamber of Commerce, civic organizations, school councils, PTAs and other groups in Cobb.

Doug Shepard is the Chief Administrative Officer for SPLOST, responsible for planning, implementation and completion of all SPLOST projects and activities.

CobbcastCobb County Board of Education Dr. John Abraham, Chairman • Lynnda Crowder-Eagle, Vice Chairman
Dr. John Crooks • Holli Cash • David Morgan • David Banks • Alison Bartlett

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