Marietta school board picks new leadership
by Lindsay Field
January 08, 2013 11:52 PM | 2817 views | 9 9 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Randy Weiner
Randy Weiner
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Tom Cheater
Tom Cheater
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MARIETTA — For the second time in his six years serving on the Marietta City Schools Board of Education, Randy Weiner was unanimously elected by his colleagues to be the board chair in 2013.

Tom Cheater was selected to serve as his vice chair during the board’s meeting on Tuesday. This is the first time since being elected to the board in 2009 that he has been elected to the seat.

“I wanted to have an opportunity to serve in a bigger capacity, and vice chair is a good way to get into that role and look at more opportunity and more responsibility,” Cheater said after the meeting.

Cheater also said there are a number of things the board and district will be tackling in 2013.

“Our big challenges are keeping the graduation rates increasing, increasing excellence in education, both potentially with a lower budget, and rolling out the Common Core Standards,” he said.

The board also approved its fiscal year 2013 budget calendar on Tuesday. The schedule will include six meetings kicking off March 26 with a vote on the budget possibly taking place June 18.

“It’s going to be a busy one, but we’re looking forward to it and we’re up to the challenge,” Cheater said.

In other business, the board also appointed the Brett Bittner to serve as the 2013 Marietta Schools Foundation liaison and Tony Fasola the Marietta City Schools Legislative liaison.

During the 30-minute meeting, the commissioners also approved how to disburse funds from a five-year beverage contract with Coca-Cola.

Items that were not approved but placed on the Consent Agenda for the Jan. 15 regular meeting were a vote on how to disperse $211,175 in charter system funds, a $76,479.50 contract with Lockstep Technology Group of Duluth to purchase two back-up computer servers with SPLOST III funds, and a $44,648.64 contract with Dell to purchase 50 laptop computers and eight laptop carts with Marietta Middle School Title I funds.
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Working Together
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January 12, 2013
Parent 101 will do much better by sending his/her children to private school. You definitely do not understand poverty; most of the parents do care, they are just trying to survive. The reality of MCS is that the community is very different than it was in the past. In order for MCS to improve we need the community to pull together; we need the narrow-minded individuals, like Parent 101, to overcome their stereotypes and biases and help MCS. I am praying for you.
Parent 101
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January 14, 2013
I am VERY happy with MCS. As most involved parents are. It's people like you who IGNORE the real problem and use words like stereotype to sweep it under the rug. Wake up and get your head out of the sand.
Marietta Observation
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January 12, 2013
Apparently Parent 101 did not read the article before submitting their comment. According to MCS, a major concern for the MCS system is keeping the graduation rate increasing. There may be programs in place in the school system, but are these programs effective? Are they involving the parents of the low performing students? Obviously the current programs are not working, which supports the board’s concern. Individuals should not stereotype and state that lower economic status is a predictor of low educational achievement. Parent 101, where did you go to school? Was spelling in your curriculum?
Marietta Observation
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January 11, 2013
Apparently Parent 101 did not read the article before submitting their comment. According to MCS, a major concern for the MCS system is keeping the graduation rate increasing. There may be programs in place in the school system, but are these programs effective? Are they involving the parents of the low performing students? Obviously the current programs are not working, which supports the board’s concern. Individuals should not stereotype and state that lower economic status is a predictor of low educational achievement. Parent 101, where did you go to school? Was spelling is your curriculum?
Parenting 101
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January 12, 2013
It's a FACT that children who live in poverty stricken households struggle to keep up with students who come from middle class households. Why do you think the whole Title I program exists? POOR PARENTING is the problem here. All the programs in the world won't make parents CARE and VALUE education. Until the family unit is fixed in America and the culture of low expectations that exists in poverty households is changed, little will change! I know their are exceptions to this, and I am not speaking in absolutes.
Marietta Observation
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January 10, 2013
As previously stated by the MDJ, Marietta City School’s demographics include 40% Blacks and 30% Hispanics. Engaging families and parents in schooling practices deters Black and Hispanic students from dropping out of school and increases academic achievement. The MCS system should engage in community-based awareness programs by providing education workshops for parents and families on teacher expectations for early childhood school readiness and enrollment for our community. Currently, as our students progress through our education system, the achievement gap becomes even more evident. It is imperative to face these issues head-on if we are serious about increasing the graduation rate in Marietta.
parent 101
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January 11, 2013
Must not be that involved in the MCS system. Community based awareness programs do exist. Getting the parents to attend who don't care or value their child's education is the problem. Parents and students must meet the schools half way. The problem in Marietta is the low-rent rental situation. Parents will move out of the district KNOWING it will harm their child's progress. Parents ALSO will move out of the state due to some disfuctional situation and NEVER forward school records back to MHS. Maybe you should observe a little more closely before comenting on something you clearly know nothing about.
Fan MCS
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January 09, 2013
Well done MCS School Board. Just one question, Where is Mr. Fleming? disapointed in his quest to be revelent.
english 101
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January 10, 2013
I think you mean relevant.
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