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School Board OKs Calendar Committee

The board enacts every proposal on the agenda with only one "no" vote all night.

We're live-blogging the regular Dec. 8 meeting of the Cobb County Board of Education, featuring another effort by the superintendent, Michael Hinojosa, to for creating future school calendars.

We're trying something different with this live blog, watching the meeting on TV and commenting and reporting from a safe distance with a better Internet connection. Join in the fun by commenting in the blog above or the comment space below.

The Board of Education closed its year under the chairmanship of Alison Bartlett with a night of good feelings and holiday cheer.

The board approved every proposal on the agenda, and every vote during the night was unanimous except one: Smyrna representative Tim Stultz voted no when the board approved the addition of restrooms at the softball/baseball complexes at and high schools.

No board member even commented on Superintendent Michael Hinojosa's latest plan for a committee to create calendar recommendations. His proposal is now school district policy, so a committee of 21 people will start working on the 2013-14 calendar in August and present a recommendation to the board in October.

You can scroll through the CoverItLive blog to relive all 45 minutes of unity and pleasantness.

We'll have a story later on today's earlier called meeting about open records and open meetings.

Mit December 12, 2011 at 12:26 AM
Hard to take someone who writes like this seriously.
Pam J December 12, 2011 at 12:45 AM
Hey Mit, who are you referring to?
Mit December 12, 2011 at 12:51 AM
Hey Pam, Vanessa had a garbled mess of a message attacking Debra for speaking out.
Kim January 03, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Did anyone notice that our children got out of school so close to Christmas that some families had issues with travel and now they are home and most families are paying DAYCARE...which is the same week of daycare they complained about...smart!
Jack S January 04, 2012 at 03:41 PM
No one sees the elephant in the room. The arguments going back and forth seem to be about "I" missed "my" vacation, or my child had to stay in school too many days in a row without a break. What day of the week or what month school starts is not relevant; it's how many days you are in school. Personally, I don't think week long breaks every month during the fall semester is constructive to learning. However, If you seriously want to get to the root of the problem, we all need to address Block Scheduling at some of our High Schools. If you haven't experienced this, you take four classes for 90 minutes or so a day for the entire semester. Then you take four different classes the next semester. Everyone should make A's, but we know that's hardly happening. Real, concrete numbers exist that show a disparity in Math scores on SAT and ACT exams between students in bock vs traditional scheduling. The concept isn't a bad one until your child is taking that Math 1-2-3 in the fall and had to wait until next fall before he sees math again. I don't know about y'all, but after 40 minutes, I start to get antsy and distracted and do you really think the teachers teach the entire block schedule? I'm going to run out of space if I start on absenteeism, but you get where this is going. My wish for the new year is 1) let our Board Members do what they were elected to do and make the hard decisions; (2) end this calendar thread from all versions of the Patch.

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