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The Board of Education of the City of Marietta



January 2017



In This Issue:

Marietta City Schools
250 Howard Street
Marietta, GA - 30060
Phone: 770-422-3500
Fax: 770-425-4095



The Board of Education of the City of Marietta does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, or gender in its employment practices, student programs and dealings with the public.

Board Notes, a monthly newsletter from the Board of Education of the City of Marietta provides updates from the board's regular monthly meeting.

 Special Recognitions


Student of the Month

Samarth Mahapatra is a 4th grade all “A” honor student at Marietta Center for Advanced Academics who achieves highest levels in all academic areas and excels on district and state standardized tests. Some of his other exemplary qualities and achievements are:

  • Scoring at the highest proficiency levels on the Georgia Milestones
  • Participation on the MCAA Math Olympiad team, First Lego League that will compete at Super Regionals and received Duke TIP recognition
  •  Earning first place as the MCAA Spelling Bee champion
  • Creating an inspiring message and creative app solution for a long car-rider line
  • Involvement in a variety of community activities, including piano lessons (graduating Level 1 piano this month at Clayton University), swim team since 2014, and member of a Debate Team (placed 4th in the Ivy League Academy Debate competition)

His hobbies include: iOS programming, writing, gardening, reading, and riding his bike


Employee of the Month


Kristi Averill – is a fourth grade teacher at Sawyer Road Elementary and has been there since she started with MCS in 2007. She is someone who goes above and beyond every day.  Kristi is the 4th grade team leader as well as the 4th and 5th grade Academic Coordinator. Some of her outstanding qualities and achievements are:

  • Training and fostering team collaboration amongst fellow teachers
  • Utilization of system and state resources, like Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) and uses SLDS regularly to analyze data in order to effectively instruct her students
  • Assisting teachers in the usage of data as a tool to aid them in identifying their own strengths and weaknesses for better educating their students
  • Balancing both Special Education and gifted students, effectively meeting their varying needs; and consistently has high percentage of growth with student test scores

Kristi is always willing to carry an extra load for a coworker in need. Susan Graves, Principal of Sawyer Road said, “She differentiates across the whole spectrum, making sure every child learns in her classroom, whether SPED, gifted, or wherever that child may be. She believes every child can learn, and she instills that confidence in them. She has positive relationships with kids, parents and staff!”

Public Comment


No one requested to address the board.


Executive Session


The board did not convene in an executive session.                           

Consent Agenda


In a vote of 6:0, the board approved the following items on the consent agenda:

  • Approval of Personnel Actions
  • Approval of Field TripsApproval to Lay on the Table for Month’s Review Proposed, Repeal of Polices EGA, EGAE and EGAB
  • Approval to Lay on the Table for Month’s Review Proposed, Revised Policy EBBD/AFC
  • Approval to Lay on the Table for Month’s Review Proposed, New Policy GALA
  • Approval of Spring Fundraising

Financial Report


Erin Franklin, Director of Finance, presented the monthly financial reports.

Discussion Agenda 

After much discussion and review of various programs implemented and data available, Ms. Irene Berens made the motion directing the superintendent to develop a plan and associated cost to closing the achievement gap. Seconded by Ms. Allison Gruehn, the Board unanimously voted 6:0. Revisit the 9th grade bulge; approved the Proposed, Revised Policy IFA; approval of Strategic Recruitment: Paras to Teachers; approved the Retiree Compensation Baseline Adjustment

Superintendent's Comments


The Superintendent reviewed the calendar of upcoming events