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

Budget Update

The school district and Board of Education soon will be moving into development of the Fiscal Year 2011 budget. The budget must be finalized and approved by June 30, 2010. At this time, the state Legislature is in session and considering education funding for the coming fiscal year. Unfortunately, all signs indicate that due to the depressed economy, education funding will be reduced substantially.

The Cobb County School Districts general fund operating budget is based on funding from two primary sources: 1) revenue provided by the state (42 percent), and 2) revenue collected locally through property tax (54 percent). Federal funding accounts for about 4 percent of the budget. Both the state and local funding portions are anticipating significant declines for the coming budget cycle. In fact, the school district recently was notified of additional cuts in the FY2010 budget that will require three additional furlough days for employees before the end of the current fiscal year. Keep in mind that the school district already has cut more than $77 million from the current Fiscal Year 2010 budget - cuts that eliminated instructional programs and reduced the districts reserve fund by $10 million.

As the state Legislature continues to meet, and the depth of the budget crisis becomes known, the school district will implement a communication plan to inform the community of revenue projections and potential cuts under consideration. Community input will be critical when substantial reductions in educational services are contemplated.

CCSD Teams With FTC To Distribute Net Cetera Internet Safety Guide For Parents

The Cobb County School District is the first school system in the nation to distribute the new Net Cetera: Chatting With Kids About Being Online internet safety guide to every family in the school district. Introduced in December 2009 by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Net Cetera is designed to help parents teach their children how to safely navigate the digital world of the Internet and mobile phones. It includes sections regarding cyber bullying, text messaging, social networking, mobile phone safety and protecting the family computer.

Read more on the District Web site.

Public Forum Feb. 2 Regarding Clarkdale Elementary in Austell

The Cobb County School District will host a public forum Tuesday, Feb. 2, seeking input from the community regarding the future of Clarkdale Elementary School. The forum will take place at Ewing Road Baptist Church in Austell at 7 p.m.

SPLOST UPDATE
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 January 2010, the School Board:

• Authorized award of RFP 07-10, Telematics Solution to Education Logistics, Inc. (with Sprint as the wireless services provider) for the purchase and installation of a Telematic Information Management System for the District’s fleet of school buses and service vehicles. Telematics will allow Transportation to convert to automated payroll, enhance radio communication and efficiency, and increase customer service and safety. The authorization was for $953,375.80 to cover equipment, training and installation, wireless communication and software maintenance. $424,801.00 will be paid from SPLOST II contigency funds, with the remainder paid from the FY11 General Fund.

• Awarded a construction contract for the replacement of East Side Elementary School to J & R Construction & Development, Inc., Carrollton, GA. The cost of the new school is $15,575,077 and will allow the school to be completed in time for the 2011-2012 school year.

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.

Thirty-six Cobb Schools Recognized
By State For Improvement and Achievement

Thirty-six Cobb County schools have been honored for academic success by the Georgia Department of Education and the Governors Office of Student Achievement. The awards are based on student performance on the 2008-09 CRCT and the Georgia High School Graduation Tests. These state assessments help determine a schools status under federal No Child Left Behind. Each award has four honor levels Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze that correspond to a schools consistent performance and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status. The Cobb County schools, 14 more than were honored in 2007-08, are among just 327 schools throughout Georgia to receive the awards. Read more on the District Web site.

School District Receives Official Notice Of Five-Year Reaccreditation by SACS

The Cobb County School District received official notice from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS) that the school district has been reaccredited for five years. SACS accreditation is a critical validation of school operations, and most colleges and universities will accept only students who have graduated from a SACS-accredited school. Read more on the District Web site.

Board Retreat
Focuses On
Team Building

The Board of Education convened for a planning and training retreat Jan. 29-30. The retreat focused on team-building, with training provided by Nancy Broner, consultant with the Center for Reform of School Systems. Ms. Broner is an experienced educator and serves as Vice Chair of the Duval County School Board in Florida.

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

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