Marietta school board set to vote on strategic plan
by Lindsay Field
December 10, 2012 09:52 PM | 2475 views | 1 1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Marietta Superientendent Emily Lembeck. <br> File photo
Marietta Superientendent Emily Lembeck.
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MARIETTA — Marietta City Schools Superintendent Emily Lembeck said the district’s 2013-16 Strategic Plan, up for approval at tonight’s school board meeting, would serve as a roadmap of district goals, initiatives and outcomes for the next three years.

“This plan is even more critical because it encompasses goals that will support our charter system renewal, as well as our work with SACS and findings from our in-process research projects,” she said. “Ultimately, it will concentrate our efforts to deliver on our mission and vision through excellence in academics, workforce and school culture.”

During Tuesday night’s meeting, the board will also look at approving the 2013-14 and 2014-15 calendars and renewing a five-year beverage contract with Coca-Cola.

On Feb. 14, the board hired Matthews Consulting Group of Atlanta to help develop its 16-page strategic plan for 2013-16.

The vision for the plan is “To be the school system of choice,” and the mission is “To prepare each of our students, through academic achievement, for college, career and life success.”

Goals in this plan include creating academic excellence, a culture of excellence and workforce excellence.

Some of these goals will be achieved by increasing the graduation rate and the percentage of students exceeding testing standards, developing opportunities to involve students in the decision-making process and attracting and retaining a staff that is 100 percent “highly qualified and highly effective.”

When asked why it’s important for Marietta to implement the plan, Board Chair Jill Mutimer echoed Lembeck’s statement about the plan being a roadmap.

“If you don’t know where you’re going, you don’t know how to get there,” she said. “This plan prioritizes targets that we want to work on and achieve and gives us strategies to support that.”

The board’s role in creating the strategic plan involved three members, including Mutimer, vice chair Randy Weiner and Tony Fasola, who served on a steering committee that met during a two-day retreat in September.

Weiner said he was impressed with the feedback the committee received from school governance teams.

“There was a lot of bouncing off good ideas of the members there,” he said.

During the two-day meeting, they came up with the goals, developed a graduation campaign to help increase Marietta’s graduation rate starting in sixth grade and worked to create more ways for the district to provide information to parents about what their students will expect in the current and following academic years, he said.

“We also tweaked the vision and mission statements,” he said. “I like our vision. One of my main goals is to have the city system draw families to the city, so to be the school system of choice rings true.”

In other news, the calendar options for the next two school years were “put on the table” last month for consideration by the board and will more than likely be approved tonight.

The option for the 2013-14 school year, which was approved by 11 out of 11 schools, has an Aug. 8, 2013, start date; Thanksgiving break for Nov. 25-29; winter break for Dec. 23 – Jan. 5, 2014; mid-winter break, Feb. 18-21; spring break, March 31 to April 4; and the last day of school scheduled for May 23.

The option for the 2014-15 school year, which was approved by nine of 11 schools, has a start date of Aug. 6, 2014; Thanksgiving break, Nov. 24-28; winter break, Dec. 22 – Jan. 5, 2015; mid-winter break, Feb. 16-18; spring break, March 30-April 3; and the last day of school for May 22.

The school-based governance teams, who were asked to get feedback from their school communities, provided information on each calendar option.

The board will also consider approving a five-year beverage contract with Coca-Cola beginning Jan. 1, 2013. Marietta’s current contract five-year contract with Coca-Cola ends Dec. 31.

According to the contract comparison with Pepsi, Coca-Cola will pay 20 percent of all vending sales and the vending commission of $87,550 is based on 3,900 vending sales for the five-year time period.

Pepsi will pay 35 percent of all vending sales and the $204,500 vending commission is based on the same 3,900 vending sales for five years.

In added value, Coca-Cola will provide $2,500 for PowerAde equipment to the athletic program, $2,000 for the PowerAde Athletic Recognition Program, 12, $50 gift cards each year to Teachers of the Year totaling $3,000, plaques for Teachers of the Year valuing $5,000, 300 cases of 12-ounce drinks for free, the program “My Coke Rewards,” athletic concession merchandising, the online store “cafeteria” program and the student volunteer tracking software program.

Pepsi will provide 70 percent discounts for the Gatorade sideline kits, debit card readers at Marietta High and EverFi, a financial literacy program.

Mutimer and Weiner both said they personally would like to see the contract presentation before commenting.

In other news, the board will also consider approving:

- A $256,000 contract with Diversified Construction of Georgia in Decatur to renovate the choral and dance studio at Marietta High School. The project will be paid for out of the district’s building fund.

The Marietta staff does not recommend approving the three alternates for the construction project.

The second lowest bid, $298,440, was submitted by Classic Plains Construction of Marietta, followed by a $310,000 bid from Torrance Construction of LaGrange.

- A $91,800 contract with DELL Marketing LP to purchase 120 DELL Latitude E5430 laptops for $765 with SPLOST funds.

The computers will be used by Marietta High School for online testing and assessment applications.

- A $84,363, one-year contract with State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company to provide insurance to Marietta City vehicles. This contract will be paid for out of the General Fund and was tabled at the November meeting after a few board members asked whose insurance company was involved.

Weiner said the agent is Mark W. Harden, whose company is located in Atlanta.

The second lowest bid was submitted by the Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency for $102,645. State Farm has been providing vehicle insurance coverage for Marietta for “several years” and the district has found the company to be “very professional and helpful,” according to the agenda background information.

The board meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. with public comments and will be held in the Marietta City Schools boardroom at 250 Howard St. in Marietta.

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