The Cobb Schools administration, with a little help from the Board of Education, appear to be engaged in an effort to diminish availability of data, as well as public access to the Board, and oversight of SPLOST expenditures.
First, in January 2018, the administration was provided — by consultants — a report that detailed severe declines in student enrollment in some parts of the district as well as significant increases in other areas. To my knowledge, the report was not released to the board or the public by the administration. But in March of 2018, the same consultants released a very different, and in my opinion, less severe report to the board that did not have nearly the startling data as the January report. It is curious as to what might have caused a major change in long-range projections in just two months.
Also, the board decided it would be good to decrease access to the decision-making of the board and administration by reducing the number of meetings days from twice monthly to once monthly. Then the board also apparently decided that the oversight by the citizen’s SPLOST oversight committee (the Facilities and Technology committee) had a bit too much input capability and their meetings were reduced from once per month to only quarterly. Now they can’t even review most SPLOST expenditures before they are already approved by the board. The citizens are not thanking you for that.
Now, in May 2019, the administration and the Board hear a new presentation from consultants about future student population projections. The report and the consultant’s analysis were questioned a bit and suddenly when the report is made public on the district website, all previous reports regarding projections were removed from the website. As if to say, please don’t look at the history of projections. It didn’t really happen. What we, CCSD, tell you NOW is the truth. Well, thank you, big brother CCSD, for all your transparency (or lack thereof).
Dennis L. Campbell