Board members have heard from parents, community members and students at every meeting since September, and are expected to choose the schools within the next two months.
Board members weren’t able to say whether or not a final vote would take place today, but said they had been thinking about what schools they would vote for.
Scamihorn said he had one school already picked out, but was not ready to announce what school it was without speaking with the board first.
After public comment today, the board is expected to go into executive session to start discussing possible locations for the new schools, details many of the board members are waiting on before they cast their votes.
Scamihorn said the board might vote on just one of the schools today, and choose the next school at its January meeting.
“I would like to see us come to a vote, but that is going to be on the will of the board,” he predicted.
Board member Brad Wheeler said he was not ready for a vote. He was considering more than two options and still needed more information.
As to when he might be ready to vote on the schools, Wheeler said, “I don’t know.”
Banks is ready to go
Board member David Banks said he had his two schools picked out already, but didn’t want to share what they were.
“I don’t think it’s proper for me to say right now,” he said.
Banks has been in support of consolidating Powers Ferry and Eastvalley Elementary schools, an option parents at the schools have been adamantly against.
He also said Tuesday that Mountain View Elementary School was, “at the top of the list.”
Calls to board members Scott Sweeney, David Morgan, Tim Stultz and Kathleen Angelucci were not returned by press time.
Superintendent Michael Hinojosa gave the board a list of six options in October from which to choose two new elementary schools to be constructed within the next two years.
The construction of the two schools will be funded by SPLOST IV, a five-year tax approved by voters in March 2013, which is expected to raise more than $717 million.
The district plans to spend about $159 million on construction projects with SPLOST IV dollars. These projects include the two elementary schools, as well as a new middle school in the east Cobb area and new buildings for Wheeler High School and Osborne High School.
The meeting begins 8:30 a.m. at 514 Glover St., in Marietta.