2 voice interest in leading Cobb school board
by Lindsay Field
December 20, 2012 09:00 AM | 3821 views | 10 10 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
David Morgan (MDJ/Special)
David Morgan (MDJ/Special)
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Tim Stultz (MDJ File/Anthony Stalcup)
Tim Stultz (MDJ File/Anthony Stalcup)
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MARIETTA — Most current and to-be Cobb County School Board members said they haven’t decided who should serve as the 2013 board chair, but two of the seven have said they are interested if given the chance.

The group will meet Jan. 9 at 5 p.m. in the district’s boardroom to nominate candidates. For 2012, east Cobb’s Scott Sweeney served as chair and southwest Cobb’s David Morgan served as vice chair.

Morgan, who was originally elected as a board member in 2008 and recently re-elected, said he’d be willing to take on the responsibility.

“If that honor is bestowed upon me, then I’ll do the best that I can, but at this point in time I have no clue how that will play out,” he said. “It’s a responsibility that I’d take very seriously if a majority of the board thought I would be the best choice.”

Morgan said it’s been “pretty mum” between board members about who should serve next.

“There hasn’t been a whole lot of discussion about it,” he said.

Tim Stultz, who was elected to the board in 2009 to represent southwest Cobb and has two years left in his four-year term, said he’s been thinking about serving as chair.

“I think someone who will be chair needs to not carry their own agenda and make sure that they realize that they are one of seven members and someone who can facilitate a meeting,” he said Wednesday.

When asked why he didn’t consider the position last year, Stultz said he has more time on his hands now.

He hasn’t spoken to any other board members about his thoughts and said he wouldn’t be picky about who his vice chair would be.

“I can work well with anybody that the board would decide for that position,” he said.

David Banks, who serves northeast Cobb and was re-elected this year like Morgan, said he isn’t interested in the position but said he believes it’ll be between Morgan and Stultz.

“I have heard that Stultz would want it,” he said, declining to say who would be the best candidate for it. “We are just going to have to see how it plays out.”

Both Sweeney and Kathleen Angelucci, who represents north Cobb, declined to say who they favor as board chair.

“I’ve thought about the 2013 board chair and will reserve my comments until the board’s first January meeting,” Sweeney said.

Angelucci said, “I have thought about it but would rather not speculate as to who will be chair. I will make a decision after hearing nominations.”

The two newly elected members of the board, Randy Scamihorn and Brad Wheeler, also said they’d wait until the Jan. 9 meeting to determine who will be the best fit for the job.

The two retired Cobb Schools educators will be sworn into office before the chair election at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 9.

“I have thought about it but have not decided because I haven’t been able to sit down with them as a board,” said Scamihorn, who is replacing northwest Cobb’s Lynnda Eagle after she decided not to run again this year.

However, he does believe any of the veteran board members would make a good chair.

“It’ll be interesting to see how the veterans fall out … the new kids on the block need to figure out whatever everyone else says,” he said.

Wheeler, who beat west-central Cobb’s board member Alison Bartlett in November, said he doesn’t have anyone in mind for the position.

“I’ve met several of the board members but am still meeting and getting to know them,” he said. “I would want to talk to see who all was interested first.”
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Dumb and Dumber
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December 25, 2012
We're in deep trouble... HELP!!!!
Not these two...
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December 22, 2012
Larry, Moe, or Curly would be a better choice...
Refresher
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December 20, 2012
Isn't Stultz the board member who wanted to gut the school budget by $54 million which would have resulted in the loss of more than 700 positions?
crying now
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December 20, 2012
Our county is in deep trouble.
anonymous
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December 21, 2012
"deeper" trouble
Underwhelmed
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December 20, 2012
Wow Cobb parents...I really feel sorry for you and the condition of your school system to have these two presented as viable options for Board Chair...

anonymous
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December 20, 2012
How does Mr. Morgan think he has a chance? He brings some very strange ideas to the the table.

1. Showing up to board meetings when it is convenient.

2. Surfing the Web during board meetings would be difficult to maintain as a chair.

3. Replacing teachers with the liberal whack concept: "Teach for America" instructors

4. Using your vote to punish other board members, potentially costing the district 1/2 million dollars (Harrison H.S. 9th grade center).

5. The list goes on and on and on.

ppppllllease
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December 20, 2012
If Tim Stultz is elected, the meetings would go on even longer than usual. He's a good man and probably a good board member, but don't let him facilitate a meeting..ppplllleassse.
ECP
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December 20, 2012
“I think someone who will be chair needs to not carry their own agenda and make sure that they realize that they are one of seven members and someone who can facilitate a meeting,” he said Wednesday."

I can't believe he is trying to sell this to us. He serves himself, and his friends in business. As for Angelucci, who is she kidding? She is very transparent about who she wants. This is a good old friends club, except for the one who truly does what his constituents want. Thank you, Mr. Banks.
No to Morgan
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December 20, 2012
Given his job as a paid lobbyist for charter schools, and given his wife's campaign contributions from charter schools, and given his prior failure to disclose a possible conflict of interest vis a vis his vote to close a charter school, Mr. Morgan should definitely not become the next Board chair. Moreover, he obviously should recuse himself from any future votes involving charter schools.
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