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

CCSD Recommended For
Re-Accreditation From SACS

The Board of Education learned Nov. 18 that the District will receive a recommendation for a five-year re-accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Cobb first earned district accreditation in 2004 and was one of the first three schools in the nation to receive the designation.

The recommendation comes after a comprehensive, three-day evaluation by a delegation of SACS representatives. The evaluation group was comprised of 27 education professionals from throughout the Southeast. Nearly 1,200 parents, students, teachers, principals, administrators and District support staff were interviewed regarding a variety of standards and best practices that helped the evaluation team determine Cobb’s accreditation status.

Read more on the District Web site.

Board Approves Balanced Calendar

The Board approved a balanced calendar for the 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years during its Nov. 11, 2009 meeting. Each school year will begin the first week of August and end the Friday prior to Memorial Day in May. The 180-day balanced calendar includes one-week mid-term breaks for students and teachers in September and February and a full week of Thanksgiving holidays. The first semester of each school year will conclude before the winter holidays in December.

Click here to view the approved calendars and read more about the development process on the District Web site.

Board Approves, Adopts Five-Year Strategic Plan and Targets

Strategic PlanThe Board voted to approved and adopt the District's five-year Strategic Plan during its Dec. 10, 2009 meeting. The plan provides overall direction for the district and serves as the foundation for monitoring student success and district accountability.

Through the process of the plan creation, both internal staff and the public had the opportunity to make comments and recommendations.

View the Strategic Plan and targets 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 December 2009, the School Board:

• Authorized the creation of new positions within the SPLOST department to facilitate in-house program management. The authorization was for $1.54 million dollars to cover personnel and overhead related expenses for the next year and is contingent upon review by legal counsel.

• Accepted the recommendation for authorization to award BID 10-15, Office Modifications and Flooring Replacement at 440 Glover Street, to Shoppman Company of Marietta for $240,727.00.

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.

Cobb ITBS Scores Top National Averages

Cobb County students performed well above the national average on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills, according to recently released results. Cobb third graders had an average composite score of 68th percentile, equal to or better than 68 percent of all other third grade students who participated in the ITBS nationwide. Composite scores for fifth graders ranked in the 66th percentile nationally, while seventh graders scored in the 62nd percentile. Read more on the District Web site.

Ga HS Writing Test Scores Show Cobb Students Top State, Metro Schools

Ninety-four percent of Cobb County 11th graders met or exceeded standards on the 2009 Georgia High School Writing Test. Cobb students’ average scale score of 224 remains higher than average scale scores for metropolitan Atlanta and Georgia.

Read more and view data tables on the District Web site.

Budget Woes Continue As State Cuts Loom

As reported in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the state of Georgia is entrenched in a severe budget crisis that will continue to necessitate major expenditure reductions. The newspaper reported that state legislators may soon consider an additional $400 million in cuts, on top of the nearly $3 billion in cuts that have already occurred statewide. Nearly half of the funding needed to operate Cobb County schools comes from state revenue.

The school district cut more than $77 million from the current Fiscal Year 2010 budget due to revenue shortfalls, cuts that eliminated instructional programs and reduced the district’s reserve fund by $10 million. Additional cuts at the state level appear imminent, possibly to further reduce the current budget, and almost certainly to reduce the FY2011 budget. The school district’s FY2011 budget development process will begin in March 2010.

Follow @CobbSchools On Twitter

The Cobb County School District is now on Twitter!! We will provide news updates, important announcements and emergency notifications, all available to you instantly!

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