2013 date eyed for school SPLOST votes
by Lindsay Field
November 14, 2012 12:59 AM | 2852 views | 6 6 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Brett Bittner
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MARIETTA — The Marietta City School Board, with the exception of newcomer Brett Bittner, voted Tuesday night to put the SPLOST IV referendum before Cobb County voters on March 19, 2013.

The Cobb County School Board meets today and is expected to do the same.

The Marietta board also got an update from Bob Sussenbach with CGLS of Atlanta on the status of Marietta High School’s auditorium, which is currently under construction.

After the meeting, Bittner explained why he opposed the SPLOST project list, resolution and contract with Cobb Board of Elections to host the election in March.

“I did like the ($15.2 million) debt retirement in SPLOST because that is something that will provide us with opportunities in the future for student achievement, but I just thought there was too much being spent in a way that wouldn’t affect student achievement,” he said.

Bittner also said he was concerned about the special election in March and suggested that voter turnout may be better if it were delayed to November. He pointed out that last Tuesday’s election brought roughly 75 percent of Cobb’s registered voters to the polls, compared the 11 percent that voted in March.

Marietta and Cobb will split the SPLOST IV 1 percent sales tax, which will be collected between Jan. 1, 2014, and Dec. 31, 2018, based on the number of students enrolled in each district. Marietta expects to receive around $55 million, or 7 percent, over the five-year period, with Cobb Schools getting the remaining $718 million.

The project list for Marietta includes using funds to pay off the district’s debt, which includes a $3 million bond for the high school auditorium; $20.2 million in construction, modifications, renovations and equipment such as updating Northcutt Stadium for about $5.3 million, which could include $630,000 for synthetic turf; $2 million for transportation; and $16.3 million in technology upgrades.

As for Marietta High’s auditorium, Sussenbach said the $8.5 million project is on schedule to be completed by the end of July 2013 and that they are finishing up site grading, erecting steel and the roof decking on the addition, starting to put up concrete blocks for the interior and exterior walls, and laying the first bricks.

In other news, the board:

  • Approved a $97,870 contract with W.E. Contracting of Acworth to construct a stormwater pollution prevention facility, which will be located next to the bus maintenance facility off Dodd Street in Marietta. It will be paid for out of the district’s Building Fund.

    The facility is required by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division to meet the guidelines in addressing stormwater runoff where district vehicle maintenance is performed.

     
  • Tabled a $83,363 automobile insurance annual contract with State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance company, which would be paid for out of the district’s General Fund. They will consider it for approval again at the December meeting.

     
  • Approved a $36,257 contract with The Booksource of St. Louis, Mo., to purchase 7,281 leveled reading books for Hickory Hills Elementary School. The materials will be paid for with Title I funds.

     
  • Approved a $20,940 contract with Dell to purchase 30 laptops at $698 each with two-year extended service and support warranties for the Marietta High School Early Childhood Education Career Pathway.

    The computers will be paid for with CTAE Perkins Program Improvement and Industry Certification funds.

     
  • Recognized Marietta City bus driver Bonnie Banks of Mableton as the district’s November Employee of the Month for using her veteran skills during a bus accident on Oct. 26 off South Marietta Parkway.

 

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Marietta Resident
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November 15, 2012
I strongly agree with the SPLOST IV. Congratulations to the new board member, Mr. Brittner, for taking the extra time to research issues before making important decisions.I am encouraged to see the good ole Marietta conservative boys club support an individual with such a diverse range of views. I hope that he stays true to his libertarian beliefs as he represents our multi-ethnic community. I support the newest member of the board as he helps MCS realize more fully the goal of being a vibrant, effective, and inclusive teaching and learning community.
Just Wait
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November 15, 2012
Thanks for making it official. Now I can mark it on my calendar with a big red "NO" next to the date.
umm NO!
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November 15, 2012
I'd call it a Sports & Play Tax. Gyms and theaters stick out like sore thumbs! Send the kids out to bus parking lot for kickball and buy a portable stage for the lunchroom. If that's not big enough the County has one on a trailer that will fit in that bus parking lot. We have a PUBLIC Civic Center too and a place called Cobb Energy (remember them?)Center you can rent. SPLOST X is a bunch of money to entertain kids and not educate them. I'll keep my penny for now thanks.
Marietta Resident
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November 15, 2012
Congratulations Mr. Britnner !
bring it on
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November 14, 2012
I say, bring it on. WE, the voters and taxpayers, you know, the ones who pay for this idiocy, are sick and tired of being taxed to death! So talk about all the schemes you want to, but we will vote them down. Take a rest and go watch a soap opera!
james c. boyle
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November 14, 2012
SPLOST - Special Purpose LOST. IT HAS NOW BECOME AN ENTITLEMENT USED INPLACE OF FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY. CALL IT A WISH LIST OR WHAT IT IS JUST A WASTEFUL MONEY GRAB. WAKE UP TO WHAT IS HAPPENING!
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