School Council

School Council Meetings for 2013 - 2014:
September 11, 2013
November 6, 2013
January 22, 2014
April 16, 2014

All meetings begin at 8:30 a.m. at Mountain View. All are welcome to attend.

School Council Members:
Dr. Renee Garriss, Principal - Email
Jennifer Reardon, Teacher -Email
Kristin Shildneck, Teacher - Email
Jeff Caimano, Parent - Email
Esther Collins, Parent - Email
Jim DeBetta, Parent - Email
Danielle Milman, Parent - Email
Tom Olsen, Parent - Email

Susan Tucker, Parent (School Council Chair) - Email

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Dear Mountain View Parents,

The Mtn View School Council, PTA and Foundation are in the next phase of the Rebuild campaign. We need you to email ALL seven of the school board members:

rscamihorn.boardmember@cobbk12.org
tstultz.boardmember@cobbk12.org 
dmorgan.boardmember@cobbk12.org 
kangelucci.boardmember@cobbk12.org 
dbanks.boardmember@cobbk12.org
ssweeney.boardmember@cobbk12.org 
bwheeler.boardmember@cobbk12.org 

We are excited to have the support of David Banks. However, we have to secure at least three more votes from school board members. There are now eight schools being considered for rebuild and our emails are now more important than ever to bring Mtn View to the top of the list.

A template email is below which includes important concerns. You can select one or more of these paragraphs to fit your experiences with Mtn View or you can write your own.

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EMAIL HEADER:  Please choose your own header for the subject line (so it is not auto-deleted).

Dear School Board Members,

I support the rebuild of Mountain View Elementary based on the following concerns. 

Health (Independent testing conducted by GLE in September, 2013 indicate poor air quality at Mountain View.)

·  Readings indicate levels of carbon dioxide in 17 locations are above OSHA & EPA guidelines. 

·  The temperature and relative humidity levels in eight hallways and two classrooms are above published guidelines.

·  There are four classrooms that have been remediated for mold and two breezeways that are infected with significantly greater mold spore concentrations. 

·  Asthma related illnesses have increased visits to the nurse over previous years.

·  Approximately 70% of the main building perimeter interior walls have moisture readings above 30%.

Safety

·  Students walk outside adjacent to delivery trucks and garbage trucks to get to and from the annex, kindergarten and main building via the breezeway.

·  Breezeway leaks during rain showers and does not have ventilation or HVAC system.

·  Special needs individuals find it difficult to navigate the uneven terrain.

·  Classes walk outside buzzer zone to avoid interrupting classroom instruction this leaves children vulnerable to unauthorized personnel.

·  Students are exposed to a stream of water in the third grade hallway during periods of heavy rains. Significant flooding blocks entrance/exit to main hallway.

Transportation

·  Mountain View facility includes three buildings and two breezeways arranged in an unplanned, disorganized manner. 

·  Bus lanes intersect with entrance and exit lanes, car pool lines, and parking lots creating traffic flow issues especially during drop-off & pick-up times. 

·  Back-up on Sandy Plains Rd. in Northbound lanes creates issues for emergency vehicles and non-school traffic.This traffic backs up past Fire House 14 for approximately 45 minutes every morning and afternoon.

·  2010 AJC article listed Sandy Plains Rd. & Mtn View intersection as worst in the county for commuters.

I am asking you to vote Mountain View Elementary for a rebuild with SPLOST 4 funds. 

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Dear Mountain View Elementary Community:

The Mountain View PTA, School Council, and Foundation are very excited to announce our NEW Rebuild Mountain View campaign website! Please take a moment to check it out & pass along the following link to anyone who might be interested (families, friends, neighbors, area business leaders, commuters along Sandy Plains Rd, etc):

http://www.rebuildmtnview.com/

We would like to thank Grant Bennion for creating this awesome communication resource for our campaign to rebuild Mountain View!


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Grassroots Campaign for a New School Building for Mountain View

 
"Its a great school, not a great school building"

Help stop the "band aid" fixes on Mountain View repairs. We need a new school building. Here’s a few reasons why:

1. Health 
-Mold has been detected in the Media Center; the Media Center rebuild was allocated in ED-SPLOST 3 but funds were pulled because Mtn. View was being considered for a new school; the funds were then re-allocated to another school.
-Asthma related illnesses have increased visits to the nurse over previous years.
-40 instances of mildew have been documented in main building, annex & kindergarten.

2. Safety
-Students walk outside adjacent to delivery trucks and garbage trucks to get to and from the annex, kindergarten and main building via the breezeway.
-Breezeway leaks during rain showers and does not have ventilation or HVAC system.
-Classes must walk in and out of front door of the main building to reach the annex & kindergarten leaving children and entrance vulnerable to unauthorized personnel.
-Fire Marshall has restricted use of power strips in classrooms due to insufficient outlets.
-Students are exposed to a stream of water in the third grade hallway during periods of heavy rains. Significant flooding blocks entrance/exit to main hallway.
-Cinderblocks throughout building are crumbling due to water damage.

3. Transportation 
-Bus lanes intersect with car lanes creating traffic flow issues during drop-off & pick-up.
-Back-up on Sandy Plains Rd. in Northbound lanes creates issues for emergency vehicles and non-school traffic.
-2010 AJC article listed Sandy Plains Rd. & Mtn View intersection as worst in the county for commuters.

4. Enrollment
-New subdivisions currently under construction will add to Mtn View's already high enrollment.

This is the approved message from the Mtn View PTA, School Council, and Foundation.

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Email Campaign to School Board Member David Banks 

Dear Mountain View Community,

The Mountain View School Council, PTA, and Foundation are starting an email campaign to our School Board representative, David Banks, to reinforce the importance and community support for rebuilding Mountain View Elementary. We could use your help getting the message out.

Below is Mr. Banks’ email address along with some important points to include in your email to him. However, please make this your own personal compelling message. Be sure to choose your own header for the subject line (so it is not auto-deleted) and to include a few words about your own experience with the school building. Please keep messages positive and supportive for a new school building.

Thanks to everyone for the support! The message is getting out there - thank you for being proactive!
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To: David Banks - Post 5 Representative:
dbanks.boardmember@cobbk12.org

Email sample text:

Dear Mr. David Banks:

<<Insert personal experience here>>

I am a <parent/community member> at Mountain View Elementary and I have concerns about the current school building.

The community of Mountain View Elementary supports the rebuilding of our school for many reasons:

  • Health concerns related to mildew/mold in the building and an increase of asthma related illnesses.
  • Safety issues due to students walking through the parking lot and in and out of the front door to go to classes. Also, overloaded outlets in the classrooms and flooding in the main building and breezeway.
  • Transportation issues due to bus and car lanes intersecting and back-ups on Sandy Plains Rd. in both directions.
  • Expanding enrollment due to large new subdivisions being built in Mtn. View district.

As you decide how the Ed-SPLOST 4 funds will be appropriated, please consider the needs of Mountain View Elementary as a top priority. A new replacement school would correct the disconnected classroom arrangement, dangerous vehicle traffic patterns and replace sub-standard classrooms and alleviate our health, safety and transportation issues.

These are not quick repairs and band-aid fixes are not enough. These are serious problems with the building that students and faculty have had to work around long enough.

The Mountain View faculty, parents, and community provide such wonderful support to our children through curricular opportunities, academic challenges, and enrichment programs that issues like this have been overlooked for too long. With wonderful teachers and administration, engaged parents, and childrens' test scores exceeding expectations, it is easy and convenient to look the other way. However, we are asking you to please take our building concerns seriously and to support a rebuild of Mountain View Elementary.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

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