Vote set to determine which Cobb schools will be rebuilt
by Hannah Morgan
December 10, 2013 11:51 PM | 2452 views | 7 7 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Powers Ferry Elementary, on Powers Ferry Road, just off of South Marietta Parkway SE, is among the 11 schools on the list to be rebuilt or consolidated with SPLOST IV funds within the next two to three years. The Cobb Board of Education is expected to vote to select two schools to be rebuilt at its December meeting, said Board Chair Randy Scamihorn. Powers Ferry is slated to be consolidated with Eastvalley Elementary, a merger backed by school board member David Banks, but not by the schools’ parents. <br> Staff/Jeff Stanton
Powers Ferry Elementary, on Powers Ferry Road, just off of South Marietta Parkway SE, is among the 11 schools on the list to be rebuilt or consolidated with SPLOST IV funds within the next two to three years. The Cobb Board of Education is expected to vote to select two schools to be rebuilt at its December meeting, said Board Chair Randy Scamihorn. Powers Ferry is slated to be consolidated with Eastvalley Elementary, a merger backed by school board member David Banks, but not by the schools’ parents.
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Cobb School Board Chair Randy Scamihorn said the board could vote today to choose two elementary schools to be rebuilt with special purpose local option sales tax dollars.

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.

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Kennesaw Voter
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December 11, 2013
Finally, common sense ....Merge schools, cut administration...helps with operating costs...after all "operating costs" is what everyone has been whining about and merging schools is a good way to help with that.
Mike the Taxpayer
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December 11, 2013
One more tax-saving option:

- Build a new, large Argyle replacement for Argyle and portions of Brumby and Powers Ferry populations. Merge remaining Powers Ferry population elsewhere; close Powers Ferry too.
Get it right
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December 11, 2013
For the last time, Eastvalley and Powers Ferry would not be a consolidation. It would require a redistricting. Please end the misinformation. Thank you.
Old Cobb Resident
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December 11, 2013
Just think last week you were worried about your 95 million dollar shortfall. This week your talking about spending millions to rebuild whole schools. Why dont you get your grimmy hands our of the tax payer pockets and use what money you have to balance the budget. Dont give us any crap about being another pot of money. If its education related spend it. If laws needed to be changed it could happen if you pushed for it. But why would you push for it when you can keep stealing from the tax payers of Cobb County.
You're On to Sumthin
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December 11, 2013
@ Old Cobb Resident;

It's a projected $79 million shortfall, not $95 million.

As for the laws regarding school budgeting, it's beyond the purview of the board to change Georgia Code or Georgia's Constitution. That distinction falls to the Georgia General Assembly and Governor.
paul greenspan
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December 11, 2013
David Banks - listen to your constituents for once. Leave Eastvallet alone.
Paul Greenspan
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December 11, 2013
Leave Eastvallet alone. There are many schools in the county that need a rebuild - Eastvalley is not one of them.
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