More money needed for Cobb schools
January 23, 2014 12:20 AM | 1863 views | 5 5 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

You may have heard that Gov. Nathan Deal announced half a billion dollars in extra funding to Education in Georgia. On the surface, this is great news.

The same day, you may also have heard optimism from the Cobb School Board that it may have more income from other sources than anticipated for fiscal 2014-15. It appears that the district may not have spent as much as it anticipated this fiscal year. They also suspect that property taxes may have risen slightly. Again, great news on the surface.

However, simply in order to have no furlough days and no teacher losses, we need to have $80 million more than was anticipated in the October estimated budget. That is a lot of cash.

Informed opinion indicates that, without strong advocacy, the extra money in the education budget announced by the governor could represent only around $20 million to $30 million for Cobb County. The truth is, no one knows.

What we do know is that strong advocacy from parents in Cobb County is the best way to ensure Cobb gets the maximum possible. An extra $20 million from the state would leave us with a $60 million deficit to manage locally, which, even if total 2013 spending was $30 million less than anticipated in last year’s budget, would still leave us with $30 million to find from other sources, such as furlough days and teacher reductions.

As Kathleen Angelucci, newly elected chair of the CCSD Board, said at last Wednesday’s board meeting, “We cannot lose one more teacher.”

So there are three things that Cobb parents can do to help now.

The first is to contact legislators now. They are in session so it is crucial to call ASAP. Ask them to ensure that Cobb gets a good proportion of the increased education funds.

It will take five minutes to make the call and it could make a huge difference to your children’s futures.

The second is to come to any of the upcoming meetings about education being held in our area. For details of these go to the Facebook page FundCobbSchools.

The third is to vote in this year’s elections. If a legislator is not listening to you on education issues, use your vote on a candidate who is listening.

Please be sure you are fully registered to vote in the upcoming elections. This year’s is a crucial year for the future of education both at state level and locally.

Together, we can make a difference.

Michelle Sollicito

Fund Cobb Schools

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dustoff
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January 24, 2014
Its very clear that the school officials are not telling the BOE everything they need to know so they can make good sound decisions.

It is also very clear that school officials are determined to spend every red cent they can. This includes the grand Taj Majah schools with 2 and 3 story atriums, granite floors huge auditoriums that sit empty 90% of the year.

And now the BOE is posturing to try to cram another SPLOST vote down the taxpayers throats.
Say What??
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January 23, 2014
So gimme, gimme, gimme more. When is more enough. Why can't you manage with $850,000,000 you already get. Do you really think if you were given more money your problems and deficits would go away. Oh no because now you have more money so lets spend, spend, spend. Besides everything we do is for the children. Yeah right!!!!!!!
Michelle Sollicito
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January 23, 2014
For more info see https://www.facebook.com/groups/FundCobbSchools
Michelle Sollicito
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January 23, 2014
I just want to clarify something in my letter above - when I said " It appears that the district may not have spent as much as it anticipated this fiscal year." no one knows for sure whether or not we have a surplus in the current fiscal year because we have to know so much more about Property Taxes etc. The CAFRA Report discussed at last week's Board Meeting suggested that Fiscal Year 2013-2014 started with more Reserve Funds than was anticipated at the time; however it is really an unknown how much, if any surplus remains from that. Sorry if my wording above implies differently. Thanks to Scott Sweeney for pointing this out.

Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal - More money needed for Cobb schools

joellen not helping
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January 24, 2014
Just have to say that Joellen whats her name is not helping your cause. She is seen as a paranoid woman, off the cuff. I know that the MDJ keeps quoting her, she isn't on the school board, and doesn't represent many. Look at the results of her primary election in July of 2013, she didn't do so well. So steer clear of her and maybe you can influence people to go to their legislators.
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