School board to talk accreditation
by Hannah Morgan
November 12, 2013 11:59 PM | 2703 views | 1 1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — The Cobb County Board of Education will meet today to discuss changing the school’s accreditation system and electing its next board chair.

One issue the board is not expected to take up today is deciding which elementary schools will be rebuilt with SPLOST IV funds.

SACS discussion

Board Member Kathleen Angelucci has asked the board to consider its options for accrediting the school district, which it does now through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Cobb County, as well as Gwinnett School District, Forsyth, Fulton, Marietta City, DeKalb, Clayton, Fayette, Cherokee County and Atlanta Public School high schools are all accredited with SACS.

The school district is evaluated by SACS every five years, said Amy Krause, the chief academic officer for the district.

Board member David Banks said he would hear Angelucci out, but did not think the board would move to oust SACS.

“We’ll listen,” he said, but “that would be my position right now to keep SACS, unless there is a real overwhelming system to change,” he said.

Jennifer Oliver, the vice president of communications for SACS, has said school districts have the choice to determine where they get their accreditation from.

Changing board chair election process

As the new year approaches, Board member David Morgan has asked the board to consider having board members who are interested in serving as board chair and vice chair to formally announce their intentions and campaign for their seats, Banks said.

“The system now is very informal, I don’t think the way it has been done in the past will change,” said Banks.

But Banks has encouraged Morgan to voice his ideas, he said.

Donation of land to district

The board is expected to accept 19.4 additional acres of land from McEachern High School’s Endowment Fund, which purchased the land next to McEachern High School, near Powder Springs, at $25,000 per acre.

Banks said the board would not consider the extra land to be used to build one of the new elementary schools.

School rebuilds

The board is expected to vote on which two elementary schools will be rebuilt with SPLOST IV funds at its Dec. 11 meeting, Banks said, and they will not discuss the process or the schools until then.

Superintendent Michael Hinojosa presented board members last month with a list of six options, which included 11 schools to choose from to be rebuilt or consolidated within the next two to three years.

The six options are:

• Argyle Elementary to be rebuilt;

• Belmont Hills/LaBelle Elementary to be consolidated and rebuilt;

• Brumby Elementary to be rebuilt;

• Clay/Harmony Leland/Riverside Intermediate/Riverside Primary to be consolidated and rebuilt;

• Mountain View to be rebuilt; and

• Powers Ferry/Eastvalley Elementary to be consolidated and rebuilt.

Members of the school PTAs that are on the list are expected to show up to today’s work session to press the board to make decisions in their favor when they vote next month.

The board will meet at 8:30 a.m., today, Nov. 13, at 514 Glover St., Marietta.

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November 13, 2013
I would like to know what board members have bothered to tour each and every school on the proposed replacement list?

Have you talked with parents, teachers/staff, and students at each school using their input in your decision making process? If not, why? Don't you think it important enough to include these directly affected people in your processes?
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