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.