School workers to be rewarded after snowstorm; 1,500 employees to get bonus checks
by Hannah Morgan
February 28, 2014 04:00 AM | 4450 views | 8 8 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa listens as several concerned parents speak about how they feel he handled the snow storm last Tuesday. Hinojosa announced his resignation from the Cobb school system later in the meeting.
Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa listens as several concerned parents speak about how they feel he handled the snow storm last Tuesday. Hinojosa announced his resignation from the Cobb school system later in the meeting.
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MARIETTA — Roughly 1,500 Cobb School District employees will be getting larger pay checks in the coming months with the school board’s Thursday decision recognizing the bus drivers, teachers and staff who worked through the Jan. 28 snowstorm.

Superintendent Michael Hinojosa asked the board to approve rewarding the “noble and unselfish” contributions made by district staff during the January storm, many of whom spent the night on buses and in schools keeping watch over students.

The board approved spending about $395,000 out of the district’s general fund to pay more than 1,400 hourly employees, including bus drivers and maintenance staff, $25 for every hour worked after 3 p.m. Jan. 28 and into the next day.

Roughly 300 teachers and administrators who worked longer hours Jan. 28 will be paid one personal day by the end of the school year.

Board members also authorized moving forward with a number of construction and renovation projects in district schools using special purpose local option sales tax funds.

Atlantic South Construction of Marietta was selected to renovate the district’s Adult Education Center and Oakwood Facility. The firm will be paid $770,000 to install a new fire alarm and sprinkler system at the school.

Reliant Construction Inc. of Alpharetta was chosen to renovate Argyle Elementary School in Smyrna. The district will pay Reliant $461,000 to install a new sprinkler system and white boards in classrooms, according to the agenda. The project is expected to be completed by mid-July.

Kennesaw-based Ward General Contractors Inc. will be paid $243,000 to remove the asbestos in the outside paneling of Murdock Elementary School in northeast Cobb by July 25.

And Rocky Mount Elementary School in Marietta is expecting a new sprinkler system and fire alarm system this summer. The board agreed to pay Lithonia-based C.P. Richards Construction Co. $1.6 million for the job.

During public comment, four parents and community members from Harmony Leland Elementary School in Mableton expressed disappointment with board members because their school was not chosen to be rebuilt with SPLOST IV funds at a meeting earlier this month.

“How long are you going to wait to build a new school?” asked Harmony Leland parent David Berny.

Mountain View and Brumby Elementary Schools were instead selected by the board at a February meeting to be rebuilt.

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anonymous
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March 02, 2014
I sure do hope before we hear from all the whiney-baby teachers that they recognize they are blessed to receive monetary recognition during the past storm. I personally know of many people that didn't get rewarded for their noble and unselfish acts at the rate of $25 an hour as opposed to their usual minimum wage. Oh, I forgot, teachers are next in line to God.

You have problems
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March 02, 2014
The only thing teachers whine about is having to listen to the ignorant people such as yourself. Teachers are not getting paid the $25 per hour. They are talking about the us drivers who had 50 students on the bus and worked until 10:00 at night trying to get those children home. The teachers and administrators received one personal day, and they probably will not be able to take that day. People like you are why America is in such a bad place! You may need some help sweetie!
Cobb Parent
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February 28, 2014
I work at least 10 hour days 50 weeks out of the year without the cadillac benefits Cobb County school employees receive. Cobb County school folks work what, 35 weeks? Boy it would be nice if I was rewarded for a late night…no such luck in the private sector…

This is like reward Cobb County schools for THEIR OWN mismanagement during the storm! No wonder my taxes are so high.
whysoserious
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March 01, 2014
You're crabby, AND an idiot. Were you stuck on a bus or in a school with a bunch of kids, ages 5 to 18? Away from your home and family?

And please tell me you can't figure out that teachers ARE NOT PAID for June and July. Seriously, you sound like an unintelligent buffoon when you make that statement. The 'break' they just had? They didn't receive INCOME for those days.

They're about to be furloughed TEN DAYS! That's 1/18th of their salary. Can you afford to take a hit like that? No cost of living increase or step pay and now the UN-Affordable Healthcare Act kicks in. Morale is already at an all-time low. And by the way, so are your taxes, genius. You've been getting a lot of bang for your buck.

Hate to break it to you but that's about to come to an end. CCSD is heading south while all the other counties are recovering. First thing to go is when school systems falter and property values tank. This was a nice gesture. Sorry your life is so miserable that you can't be happy for the employees.
Get some help
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March 02, 2014
Teachers are paid for 40 weeks and do not get paid the other 12 that they work at home. Teachers did not mismanage anything, that would have been the superintendent. While you and Hinojosa were enjoying the comfort of your homes, these selfless individuals were taking care of hundreds of students whom were stuck at school. I would challenge you to become a teacher, but we don't want people who have no compassion or common sense to teach the children!Continue on with your miserable selfish attitude and life!
Cobb Parent
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March 02, 2014
No I wasn't stuck on a school bus. I spent 5 hours shuttling kids from stranded buses and schools in my 4wd vehicle.

I will say this - If you think my taxes are at an all time low - you must by a Cobb County math teacher learning Common Core.

You can call me all the names you would like (those with a weak position often do) - but the fact is most of us do work 12-15 MORE weeks per year - nor do we get off at 3. So - cry me a river… Funny I've never in my life heard someone say a teacher should be paid based upon the limit time they work.

Faux News Nut
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March 02, 2014
Cobb Parent your Cadillac Benefits slam is straight from the Tea Bagger/Faux News talking points. I can assure you CCSD teachers DO NOT have Cadillac benefits. You and anonymous are just a bunch of right wing trolls. I'm glad their were dedicated teachers, bus drivers and staff making sure my children were safe at school while I was at school looking after my students. By the way only hourly staff are being paid for their overtime. Which I believe is a Federal Law. Cry me a river about how bad your job is. Hey since you are so superior to why don't you teach, drive a bus, clean the buildings. If CCCD and Cobb County is soooo bad why don't you move.
anonymous
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March 03, 2014
What Cobb staff is getting furloughed 10 days? I work for the schools in a non teaching position and I work 10 hours a day 12 months a year. Do we get a couple extra days off around teh holidays? Yes, but it is equal to most vacation or PTO plans in the private sector where I have worked as well. Do some teachers work hours at home? Yes and no. You can tell which do, but they chose this profession and could get a side job for the summers if they wanted to but some want a full years salary for 9 months work. A little ambitious and I do not care to hear from them either. I check and answer email when on vacation, get calls on vacation. All part of the job.
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