The meeting will be in the theater of the high school at 6:30 p.m. Harrison High School is at 4500 Due West Rd., in Kennesaw.
“I’ve received emails from the Harrison community and in order to respond, I feel like a public forum is the best format in explaining my vote,” she said.
On March 22, Bartlett, along with board members David Morgan, Kathleen Angelucci and Tim Stultz, all voted against Cobb Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa’s recommendation to approve the $14.5 million construction as is, and for the entire project to be broken out into individual renovations and construction. Their vote resulted in harsh criticism from the Harrison community.
Bartlett said she wanted to amend the recommendation because it came in over budget and because enrollment at Harrison had fallen by nearly 600 students since 2007.
Bartlett said she’s received about 160 emails about the Harrison vote since then, but she said nearly half of those were about the need for a new track.
Heather Ryan, who announced last week that she would be running against Bartlett in part because of the Harrison vote, said she and other parents from the Harrison community plan to attend the forum.
“There will be a group of us there,” she said. “We have emails blasts that are going out through Harrison and all of our feeder schools, all the way down through elementary (to tell people about it).”
When asked if she would ask questions during the forum or just listen, Ryan said she wasn’t sure yet. She also could not say approximately how many from her email group would be able to attend.
Still, board member Lynnda Eagle and the school board chairman, Scott Sweeney, have called a re-vote on the issue at next Wednesday’s school board meeting.
The district has already spent nearly $500,000 for architectural and design fees on the Harrison project.
Eagle currently represents Harrison, and has for the past four years, but according to the new reapportionment map, Bartlett will now represent the school. The map was approved the last day of the session in March and signed by Gov. Nathan Deal.
The map shifts all seven Cobb board posts in some form or fashion, specifically reorganizing Bartlett’s area, which formerly covered Osborne High, to now represent McEachern, Harrison and Hillgrove high schools. Eagle will now represent Allatoona, North Cobb and Kennesaw Mountain high schools.