Readers give their opinions on ongoing county school calendar saga
by Don McKee
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October 15, 2012 01:24 AM | 1458 views | 2 2 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Readers give their opinions pro and con on the ongoing saga of the Cobb school calendar — “balanced,” or early start, versus traditional, or later start.

Jim Stoll: Our school board members have been fighting over the school calendar for the past five years, with David Banks and his screaming, sign waving motley crew leading the charge. In the meantime, our school board and our wondrous superintendent have yet to come up with an effective “strategy” for how they will go about teaching the 100,000 or so of the students in our schools. That should give parents some idea of the importance they place on the education of our children. Their attitude is why the average SAT scores of our children keeps going down.

Forest or trees: What Don fails to reveal is that this would not be the issue it is if newly elected board members plus Bartlett had not interrupted a 2 year calendar in mid stream. Had they let that calendar adoption run its course and then instituted a later start date it would have cut down on the controversy. By doing it the way they did it, they alienated many who voted to put them into office. Also, it is very noticeable that the MCSD is immune to Don’s criticism as to what a school calendar ought to look like. Why the double standard?

(To) Mr. McKee: You never say why you think the current calendar is the best one ... the balanced calendar never got a fair chance, it should have been allowed to run the 3 year cycle as originally proposed. I personally hope school starts Aug. 1st, with the fall and winter breaks, because I believe it is the best choice. I will vote against any board member that is for the “traditional” (sentimental) calendar. I will also vote against SPLOST if the balanced calendar doesn’t return. It is appalling that the committee, just like the survey, is being completely ignored!

Later: The 1st week of August is way too early. Move it back to the third or fourth week in August. We’ve already booted out some board members because of the early start date. Do politicians ever listen to the voters?

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In reply to the comment about the Marietta school district, your columnist must point out that the city school board settled on start dates of Aug. 11 last year and Aug. 9 this year by unanimous vote. Those dates are later than the Cobb committee calendar or the superintendent’s proposal (start dates ranging from Aug. 1, Aug. 4 and Aug. 7). In my opinion, a later start date is better because it allows more traditional vacation time for families. But the bottom line in the last column was that it’s time for the Cobb board to stop moving the start date up earlier every year and just leave it as is. Enough with this constant changing of the start date. As for why, there’s no solid evidence that the early start helps students academically.

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lisabhanson
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October 15, 2012
As a former candidate running for Cobb County School Board, I was amazed that the majority of emails to me were regarding the calendar issue. Many of them were angry, abusive and wanting to know "my position on the calendar". I believe that Cobb Co. Schools has far more pressing issues than the calendar. I have never seen people ignore the real issues, and be less informed about what is really at stake here. So sad that people are not focused on the real issues, but rather a calendar. Unfortunately, these same people who are either ill informed or voted not having known the issues, voted in Mr. Banks by a mere few votes without a runoff and the saga of the calendar continues. Sad state of affairs. I do believe there are a few board members who have the brains, determination and conviction to steer this school district in the right direction, but it is up to parents to be informed, don't rely on the MDJ for the facts... Watch the CCSD meetings, see who asks relevent questions... Over time, you will see who is in it for the right reasons...
New Hobby?
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October 16, 2012
The "sad state of affairs" is the inability of the residents of Post 5 to have a single person step up with the least bit of competence to beat the incompetent.

Just as you ran your campaign, your note above is a bunch of whining and sore loser screed - with not even the remotest hint regarding what the "real issues" are and what you would do about them.

Gardening perhaps?
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