School board’s priority for lawmakers: No more slashing of funds for next year
by Lindsay Field
November 15, 2012 01:52 AM | 5004 views | 5 5 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lynnda Eagle Cobb County School Board member representing west Cobb
Lynnda Eagle Cobb County School Board member representing west Cobb
Representative Ed Setzler
Representative Ed Setzler
MARIETTA — In lieu in their regular slate of legislative priorities, the Cobb school board is asking for just one commitment from lawmakers this year: No more austerity cuts.

Also during its seven-hour Wednesday work session, the board approved hiring Amy Krause, the district’s current assistant superintendent of curriculum, instruction and assessment, to replace Chief Academic Officer Judi Jones, along with other elementary school principal appointments.

The board decided 5-1, with vice chair David Morgan opposing and Tim Stultz absent, to send just one priority to Cobb’s legislators on Nov. 26.

“I move that we recommend to the Cobb Delegation a commitment to impose no austerity cuts for the next fiscal year,” said Lynnda Eagle, who represents northeast Cobb.

Eagle said she wanted to give legislators just one thing to consider after back-to-back years of presenting the same set of priorities.

“One single commitment could help this district get through their budget,” she said.

Last school year, the district got $72 million less than it was entitled to based on student enrollment.

“I absolutely and totally agree with Mrs. Eagle,” said Kathleen Angelucci, who represents north Cobb. “We have to start looking out for ourselves. We need to ask for a commitment … then the ball is in their court.”

West-central Cobb’s Alison Bartlett said the district should also inform parents, staff and community members of what they will be asking of the delegation.

“While we’re hitting all the different business communities, getting them to support it, we should hit our parents, we should hit the voters because they need to understand that we are not getting fully funded,” Bartlett said. “I have seen state legislators say we are fully funded, and the answer is, no we’re not because on average since 2003, we’re $60-$70 million a year in austerity cuts.”

However, not everyone was on board with Eagle’s request: Morgan said he would rather work with the delegation on what they can actually do because he didn’t believe the single request would be realistic.

Morgan suggested the district ask for more “flexibility” to waive state-mandated education reforms, but his motion was voted down in a 3-3 tie.

Other proposed priorities included legislators looking into funding educational mandates coming down from the state, career pathways and dual enrollment, and maintaining employee benefits.

In other business, the board unanimously approved hiring Krause to replace Jones as of Dec. 1 and appointed Susan Stanton to be LaBelle Elementary’s new principal and Susan Hallmark as Addison Elementary’s new principal.

Jones announced her retirement from Cobb Schools after 38 years of service two weeks ago.

Krause’s career in education began in 1984 as a teacher at an elementary school in Alabama. She began teaching in Georgia in 1994 as a “Learner Support Strategist” at Bryant Elementary in Mableton and moved her way up, eventually being named Cobb’s director of K-12 curriculum and instruction in 2008.

She left Cobb between 2010 and 2012 to serve as assistant superintendent of curriculum and support in Fulton County Schools in Atlanta but returned last January to her current position in Cobb Schools.

In her new position, Krause’s salary will go from $114,000 annually to $130,000.

At LaBelle, Stanton will take her new position Dec. 1. She is currently an assistant principal at Teasley in Smyrna, where she’s been since 2011.

Stanton’s educational career began in 1987 as a teacher at Sky View Elementary in Mableton and has remained in Cobb ever since. Her salary will go from $79,664 a year to $96,857.

Hallmark has been an assistant principal at Still Elementary in Powder Springs since 2010 and will be Addison Elementary’s new principal starting Dec. 1.

Hallmark joined the Cobb County School District in 1996 as a teacher at Vaughan Elementary in Powder Springs and worked her way up to an administrator. She has been an educator since 1981.

Her salary will go from $75,424 annually to $92,006.
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Rid of Morgan
November 16, 2012
Of course Mr. Morgan does not want to discuss financial support to the schools. He and his wife have their hands all over supporting the charter school amendment. They are banking cash from be lobbists for that cause and he shouldn't be on the board. The state purposely cut money to education and lie about not having money. Yet, the make huge land purchases to benefit themselves and thier friends.
November 15, 2012
Certainly can't see some board members (like Banks) working with legislators on austerity cuts as they try to avoid him at all costs. Many of them in Post 5 were contributors to his "opponents" campaigns... just wanted to see them man go away as he is an embarrassment and trouble maker wherever he goes.
cobb teacher
November 15, 2012
Congrats to Sue Stanton. LaBelle is a great school. Lisa Hogan will be missed- she has been there for almost 10 years and is well-loved by the community.
November 15, 2012
Krause not only receives a $130,000 salary but a $45,000 a year secretary and add benefits to both positions and its over $250,000 but hey - that's less than the $300,000 she spent taking teachers to Disney World last summer. By the way, she is giving presentation after presentation on testing and how to better test students. Her next set of presentations will be on how to grade those tests and how they go from A, B, C, D, F, to a 1, 2, 3, - exceeds, meets, or needs improvement. I say CCSD needs improvement. Hired by the vote of all Board Members - what is going on?
Who's your bud?
November 15, 2012
Wow…didn’t Krause champion the ridiculous 3-2-1 report card. During this recession, how could she have been the best possibly applicant? What a questionable promotion. She moves away for two years during the report card firestorm and returns for more money, only to get even more money with this promotion – nothing like rewarding loyalty. Just part and parcel of why the classroom needs are no longer the priority of this system. The taint of FS’s policy of favoritism not competency remains and continues to drag us down.
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