Cobb BoE to appoint architect, central office positions
by Emily Boorstein
July 30, 2014 12:43 AM | 3506 views | 3 3 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — The Cobb Board of Education will decide Thursday whether to approve an architect to renovate part of McEachern High School’s campus.

The school’s junior and senior buildings date back to the late 1960s and are some of the oldest buildings on campus, said district spokesman Jay Dillon.

Interim Superintendent Chris Ragsdale has recommended the board appoint Chapman Griffin Lanier & Sussenbach Architects for the job. The renovations are expected to be finished by the start of the 2016 school year.

The district has set aside $490,426 for the renovations, with five percent of the cost going toward design fees. Dillon said the exact dollar amount of the renovation would be determined after the architect submits their plans.

The renovations are part of a larger $9.8 million project at McEachern that will come out of special purpose local option sales tax funds. Other items included in the $9.8 million figure include replacing flooring in the junior, senior and business technology buildings, replacing the heating, ventilation and air conditioning units throughout much of the school and replacing lighting or adding emergency lighting on several of its athletic fields.

Also on the agenda is the appointment of three central office positions and the resignation of a human resources employee who is taking a job out of state.

One appointment is to fill the assistant superintendent of teaching and learning, a position overseeing the planning, implementation and evaluation of curriculum, instruction, assessment and staff. The position commands an average salary of $111,000, although the final pay is dependent on qualifications, said John Adams, the district’s human resources chief.

The district is also set to appoint a director of capital projects, accounting and accounts payable in its finance department, and an executive director of employment with its human resources department.

The finance job has an average salary of $79,000; the HR job, $46,000.

The school board will also vote to accept the resignation of Tim Baker, the county’s executive director of employment. Baker is moving to the Williamsburg James City County public school district in Virginia to oversee its HR department.

“We wish Tim the very best and hate to see him go, but understand that this is a great opportunity,” Adams said of Baker’s promotion.

The school board meets at 514 Glover St. in Marietta at 7 p.m. Executive session starts an hour earlier.

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mom comment
July 30, 2014
So the asst. supt. for teaching and learning is leaving, count that as one wise person who is not going to bark like a dog and brown nose underqualified Grant Rivera. How many more folks will resign rather than put up with Rivera.

Then which former Cheerleader will Grant promote. Or will it be someone who has followed him from South Cobb to Campbell to West Lake, with a nose so brown.
Neighbor S
July 30, 2014
Doesn't McEachern have an endowment? why aren't they paying for their own renovations?

@ Neighbor S
July 30, 2014
Yes. There is an endowment. Are you suggesting that the property and sales taxes paid by the residents near McEachern shouldn't be applied to McEeachern because of the endowment?

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