Marietta school district looking ahead to 'another tough budget year'
by Lindsay Field
January 07, 2013 12:54 AM | 2650 views | 6 6 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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MARIETTA — Marietta City Schools has a lot to do in 2013, including implementing the Common Core Standards and a three-year Strategic Plan, wrapping up construction of the Marietta High School auditorium and tackling what Board Vice Chair Randy Weiner described as “another tough budget year.”

The board will host its first meeting of the year Tuesday night. During the work session, members will appoint the Marietta Schools Foundation liaison and Marietta City Schools Legislative liaison, in addition to naming the 2013 chair and vice chair.

“2012 was overall a great year for Marietta City Schools,” said Weiner, who currently serves as the board vice chair but could be moved up to chair. “Student performance was up, teachers and staff received a raise and we accomplished a lot, such as the completion of our Strategic Plan, a SACS review and our charter renewal,” he said. “I look forward to the same level of productivity in 2013.”

In 2012, the board also got the go-ahead to use a $7 million bond to build the auditorium at Marietta High School; welcomed Brett Bittner to the board after he was elected on July 31 to replace Ward 1’s Logan Weber, who accepted an out-of-state job; implemented Bring Your Own Technology at the high school; and approved a $55 million project list for the SPLOST IV referendum that will go before Cobb voters in March.

Weiner said the “biggie” for 2013 will be the district’s implementation of the Common Core Standards, which have been adopted by 45 other states already.

“The CCS will ensure rigorous knowledge and skills needed to succeed in college or career will be taught and will provide consistency in expectation across the states,” he said.

It will be initially implemented in kindergarten through ninth-grade mathematics, adding another grade level each year following.

The new guidelines also require the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test to be replaced with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers assessment in 2014.

The state’s College and Career Ready Performance Index will also kick off in 2013, along with completing the auditorium at Marietta High by July, implementing the 2013-16 Strategic Plan approved by the board in December, starting budget discussions for what could be another tough year financially for public education and beginning the BYOT initiative at Marietta Middle School.

Jill Mutimer, who served as the board chair in 2012, said last year was a “very productive” year for Marietta City Schools, and one project that began last year that she continues to hear about in the community is about the auditorium.

“People are really excited about that addition and what it will mean to the community,” she said Friday.

She is also looking forward to focusing more on increasing the graduation rate for Marietta High students and implementing both the Strategic Plan and new standards.

The board will also learn more about what it will consider for approval at the Jan. 15 voting meeting:

* Disbursing $211,175 in charter funds to each school based on a $25 per pupil allotment. The amount is determined by the October 2012 enrollment data.

* Disbursing funds for the five-year beverage contract the board approved with Coca-Cola on Dec. 18. According to the agenda, 25 percent of funds will go into the Marietta High School Spirit Account for boys and girls sports programs; 20 percent to the Marietta High School Band Uniform Account for band and auxiliary group uniforms; 25 percent to serve as contingency for district programs, projects and operations; 25 percent to replace instruments in the district’s band programs; 4 percent for “Marietta Reads!” and 1 percent for the district’s General Fund for additional costs of electricity associated with the vending machines.

* FY2014 budget calendar. The board will have a work session March 26 to review the budget and hold additional work sessions April 23 and May 3 to discuss it. On May 14, the board will review a recommendation from the administration for the FY14 budget, tentatively adopt the budget May 21 and hold a public hearing and consider approving the budget June 18.

The Tuesday meeting will be held in the school district’s boardroom at 250 Howard St. in Marietta, and is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

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Marietta Taxpayer
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January 08, 2013
Why does the MSC Superintendent hire Central Office employees out of retirement and practice in double-dipping? It's not about whether these employees do their job or contributes value to our school system; it’s about qualified individuals in our community not given the opportunity to compete for these jobs in this struggling economy. With so many jobs lost in the tough economy and recent college graduates unable to find jobs, double-dipping appears immoral. Taxpayers have a right to wonder who really benefits from the practice the MCS board and the Superintendent support.
truth teller 2012
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January 08, 2013
I worked for Marietta, and everyone bows down to central office. With the old marietta mentality as well as the good old boys, if you go against the grain, they get rid of you. I can tell you personally that they lie and have each others back to the end. It is a gross practice but when you allow a system to run like this, it gets more and more corrupt.
Marietta Resident
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January 07, 2013
Do we really need these positions for such a small school system with only 8100 students?
no way hosea
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January 08, 2013
Are you kidding... it is comprised of friends and family members looking out for each other. No one is going to change marietta. I worked for them and can tell you, they lie, cheat, and steal to get ahead. The practices they follow are far from ethical. It really is a gross practice, and it is not changing. The good ol boy mentality and pick and choose is a problem. They find the people they want and promote them over qualified people.
Offering Help
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January 07, 2013
The MCS school system needs to look at whether they are spending too much on their own bureaucracy, including the superintendent and her highly compensated cabinet. MCS has numerous ways they can bring down costs and be more efficient, including reining in the salaries of our superintendent and her central office personnel. In addition, we should review the MCS practice of double dipping; current administrators and central office personnel earning salaries and pensions simultaneously.
Earned it
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January 07, 2013
Point made, but consider the content of this article and contrast it with any article about the Cobb Schools System and you might realize there are benefits to having competent and proportionately paid administrators.

We will be lucky if we can keep these folks in Marietta as I can assure you other systems are calling...
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