SAT prep program funding restored in Cobb schools
by Lindsay Field
July 25, 2013 12:12 AM | 3033 views | 7 7 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The Cobb School Board on Wednesday restored funding to the district’s successful SAT preparation program, which was in danger of drastic cutbacks.

The board voted 4-3, with members Brad Wheeler, Scott Sweeney and Tim Stultz opposing, to restore funding to Project 2400.

Last year, the board cut the program’s budget from $125,000 to $62,500 with plans to discontinue funding completely this fall due to budget shortfalls.

On Wednesday, the board reversed its decision and restored $62,500 of the program’s funding, with a request that the Cobb Schools Foundation pay the other half, an invitation the foundation agreed to do.

The funding helps pay the $350 fee for students at each of Cobb’s 16 high schools to participate in an SAT preparation class where they learn how to increase their scores on the national college entrance exam.

Northeast Cobb board member David Banks requested that the funding be restored to at least $62,500.

“It allocates the money to students to take a course in SAT and the goal is to increase our SAT scores,” Banks said. “It’s a very, very small amount … well worth the allocation of our funds.”

Board member Kathleen Angelucci, who represents north Cobb, agreed.

“(Why we can’t fund this) is absolutely beyond me,” Angelucci said, passionately. “This is about academic achievement. It’s about student achievement, and we’re fussing over $62,000. It’s absolutely mind-blowing to me.

“It’s about those students performing better on something that will be used in the superintendent’s evaluation and the area assistant superintendents’ evaluation. You would think that this would be what everybody would be interested in, so I’m having a little trouble understanding why we can’t support this.”

With additional support from board members David Morgan and Randy Scamihorn, funding was returned and will be paid for out of the district’s reserve fund, projected to be between $75 and $89 million for fiscal 2014.

The foundation has already set aside $35,000 for the program with plans to raise more.

Marietta attorney Fred Bentley, Jr. launched the SAT prep program, called Project 2400, in 2007 when he was chairman of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce.

Project 2400 is aimed at students “on the bubble,” those with aptitude and decent grades but for whom college isn’t simply a given, he said.

In other business, the board also approved:

  • The appointments of two area assistant superintendents: Tracie Doe, the principal at Timber Ridge Elementary School in east Cobb; and Robin Lattizori, principal at Dodgen Middle School in east Cobb;
  • A $1.4 million contract with Chapman Griffin Lanier Sussenbach Architects Inc. of Atlanta to design Walton High School’s replacement facility. It includes a new classroom building, gym and an arts and theater facility;
  • An $855,277 contract with Croft and Associates Architects of Kennesaw to design a new gym and theater for Wheeler High School; and
  • A $530,000 contract with Hardy Chevrolet Inc. of Dallas and Akin Ford Corp. of Winder to purchase 17 marked police cars for the school district’s 38 campus officers.

 

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July 25, 2013
My daughter took this SAT prep course at her Cobb County high school in the spring of 2011. She rarely had the same teacher. One Saturday, NO teacher showed. AND her scores went down 10 points each time she took the SAT throughout the course of that semester. She ended up using her original SAT scores that she had BEFORE she took the prep class. This is a WASTE of money in my opinion.
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July 28, 2013
I hired a private tutor for the SAT and ACT, a teacher from Westminster. I know Her ACT grade went up 2 points, and her SAT went up as well. She scored significantly higher than her Cobb County School class mates. I paid $70hr for 5 private lessons. So it was a better deal.
Pat H
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July 25, 2013
If a student cannot afford to take SAT preparation courses, then they cannot afford college.

We provide food stamps for families and then feed the kids for free in school for lunch and dinner. Now we feed them free over the summer. We provide school supplies for free because the kids are poor.

Hey parents, perhaps you can't afford kids. Get a job or two, save your money and prepare before you have a family and then pay for your kids or don't have kids.
Tracy S.
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July 27, 2013
Hey Pat, why don't you take it easy?

It is your good luck that your whole life falls into place so easily and is so righteous and perfect.

Instead of being angry at those who have little, why not be gracious that you are not among them? And then do a little something for your fellow man.

Geesh.
Timus
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July 25, 2013
I would say that the SAT and school curriculum are mutually exclusive. That's why many colleges are dropping the weight that the SAT/ACT carries in the admission process in favor of AP classes and difficulty of classes taken. In other words, the SAT doesn't prove that you can or can't do college level work. It just proves you can take a standardized test!!!
Funny Stuff !
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July 25, 2013
So... this was the Chamber's program and the Chamber paid for it.

Then, the Chamber said we're not paying for this anymore.

The District agreed to pick up the cost.

The District told the Foundation that they would eventually need to pick up the cost.

The Board passed a budget that excluded the funding so that the Foundation would pick up the cost as they had been told.

Now, the Board amends its passed budget to spend dollars out of the dwindling piggy bank and which dollars are supposed to be supplied by the Foundation.

"Here's your sign" is awarded to Chair Scamihorn, Angelucci, Banks and Morgan for their vote.

SATisfied?
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July 25, 2013
So the Board is saying our schools do not provide the instruction to allow students to due well on the SAT, correct? That is why you have to have additional practive and instruction. There lies the problem
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