Angelucci voted Cobb County School Board Chair
by Hannah Morgan
January 08, 2014 12:33 AM | 4050 views | 3 3 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Newly elected Cobb County School Board Chairwoman Kathleen Angelucci waits for outgoing Chairman Randy Scamihorn to exit the chair’s seat Tuesday evening during the appointments of a new chair and vice chair. Scamihorn was elected the new vice chairman. <br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Newly elected Cobb County School Board Chairwoman Kathleen Angelucci waits for outgoing Chairman Randy Scamihorn to exit the chair’s seat Tuesday evening during the appointments of a new chair and vice chair. Scamihorn was elected the new vice chairman.
Staff/Kelly J. Huff
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MARIETTA — The Cobb Board of Education elected Kathleen Angelucci as its new chairwoman in a special meeting Tuesday.

Angelucci was elected in a 4-3 vote with board members Scott Sweeney, David Morgan and Brad Wheeler voting against her.

Morgan wanted Wheeler to be chairman, but after nominating him, Wheeler only drew votes from Morgan, Sweeney and himself.

Banks was reluctant to explain his support for Angelucci after the meeting.

“I felt like it was the best option,” he said, declining to say more.

Wheeler also struck out in serving as this year’s vice chairman after being nominated by Sweeney.

The board elected outgoing chairman Randy Scamihorn to the spot in a 6-1 vote with Sweeney opposed.

“It is what it is,” Wheeler said after the meeting.

A Republican fiscal conservative, Angelucci was elected to the board in November 2010 after closely following the school district as a parent for years.

Critics say her reputation for thoroughly researching the issues and questioning administrators rather than rubber stamping whatever Superintendent Michael Hinojosa proposes has not made her one of his favorite board members.

In facing a budget shortfall, her preference is to cut central office administrators rather than classroom teachers. She also led the charge to recently rewrite the district’s staff discipline policy to help give teachers more of a voice during disciplinary actions.

“I will do everything in my power to do the best job that I can,” Angelucci told her colleagues.

She stressed her intentions to keep the board unified and acting “as a team,” through the coming year.

The chair and vice chair will each serve a one-year term, which will end in January 2015.

Wheeler said he was not disappointed with how the votes were drawn.

“I don’t have anything against anybody,” he said after the meeting. “That’s what the board members decided, and that’s what it was. They are good people and hopefully we can go forward and continue to make progress.”

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Dusty Tables
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January 08, 2014
Look on the bright side. She is a professional birthday party planner. If a party breaks out, they should be in good hands. Dealing with the huge deficit may be a bit different, though. We get what we elect. Be comforted that her term will end in one year.
old timer
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January 08, 2014
Amen...I have concerns
Cobb School Advocate
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January 08, 2014
Split vote, I fear the worst going forward with the Cobb School Board. They have serious challenges and need serious leadership !

NO time for split vote and chasing agendas.

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