The annual retreat, which will cost between $5,500 and $6,000 out of the board’s budget, will be at the Marriott Evergreen Conference Center in Stone Mountain, district spokesman Thomas Algarin said.
All seven board members, along with six district cabinet members, Marietta Superintendent Emily Lembeck and her assistant, the district’s finance director, two representatives from the Georgia School Board Association and two district attorneys, will be in attendance.
Sixteen of the 20 will stay overnight.
“The two-day opportunity when staff and board members are totally removed from daily responsibilities to focus on important initiatives, progress and planning is really value-added,” Lembeck said.
Board Chair Randy Weiner said the retreat is held out of town because it gives the district staff and board time to work together in a less formal atmosphere.
“It’s also good for the board to get away as a group,” he said.
On Friday, the board will participate in a two-hour training session with Tony Arasi from the Georgia School Board Association, followed by a budget discussion and updates on the recently approved Strategic Plan.
The next day, they will get updates from district staff on the teacher and principal evaluations, which are being piloted in Marietta City Schools but will kick into full gear next year.
They will also talk about SPLOST IV that will go before voters March 19; the Marietta High School auditorium construction tapped to be done in late July; changes to the balanced scorecard and how the College and Career Ready Performance Index will be weighed; and status of the graduation rate.
Weiner said he’s most interested in finding out where the district will be financially in looking at the FY2014 budget and the status of how they are planning to improve graduation rates.
The board must approve a budget before June 30, but Weiner said he personally hasn’t seen any figures regarding a possible deficit.
“I don’t expect that we’ll have a huge deficit, and we should be able to take care of that with our reserves as we did the last three years,” he said.
Last year the board approved a $77.7 million budget, which included a $3.8 million deficit. They elected to dip into their $17.5 million reserves to cover the shortfall.
For a detailed copy of the retreat agenda, visit the district online at marietta-city.org.