I am writing about the Cobb School System budget crisis. I am amazed how such a world-class community can allow its education system to hit rock bottom.
As a former Cobb Middle School teacher, recently retired, I am appalled by pay cuts, job eliminations and larger classrooms impacting the quality of our future citizens’ education. If our school board worked in corporate America, they would be fired.
I just read about a proposed solution of using commercial zoning to generate tax revenues to fund our school system. Not only would it solve our problem, but it would create jobs and new businesses sorely lacking in west Cobb.
Last year, the commissioners voted to increase property taxes by 16 percent.
Next, they voted themselves a 3 percent pay raise, while Cobb teachers had to take a 2 percent pay cut. Something is amiss.
West Cobb has ample opportunity for commercial development. We finally got The Avenue which has helped and eliminated driving to the mall on Barrett Parkway. However, we still don’t have a Whole Foods or a Trader Joes or very many restaurants.
I am all for planned commercial development if it offers millions of dollars in new tax revenues for our school system.
It appears that west Cobb Commissioner Helen Goreham needs to hear from her constituents about how these funds can eliminate school budget deficits.
Let’s pay our teachers fairly, give our students adequate resources and stop cutting teacher jobs and increasing class sizes.
Let’s work to make Cobb County the best school system in the state.
former Cobb middle school teacher