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Board of Education: Key Projects

The Marietta Board of Education is committed to keeping the public informed about the exciting things currently underway in the Marietta City Schools. We hope you will check these pages frequently for updated information.

Key Projects 2013/2014

expandAnnual Budget Process

Project: Annual Budget Process
Purpose To prepare and approve a budget for the FY15 school year
Status
  • Budget preparation calendar approved, Jan. 2014
  • Administration reviews system needs, priorities, programs, funds, anticipated impact to fund coming year based on economy, legislation, enrollment trends, staffing, capital improvements, Jan. – Mar. 2014
  • Board budget preparation process work sessions, March - May 2014
  • Tentative FY15 budget adopted following public comment, May 2014
  • Tentative FY15 budget advertised in legal organ, May – June 2014
  • Board work sessions for budget, March – June 2014
  • FY15 budget adopted following public comment, June 2014
Timeline
  • Budget preparation process begins Dec. 2013 and culminates with board approval June 2014
  • Board Called Work Session, March 25
  • Board Called Work Session (Budget discussion), April 22
  • First Friday Work Session – Special Called Meeting (Budget discussion), May 2
  • Work Session – Special Called Meeting (Budget recommendation), May 13
  • Regular Monthly Meeting (Public Comment, Tentative Adoption of FY2015 Budget), May 20
  • Public Hearing, June 17
  • Regular Monthly Meeting (Public Comment, FY2015 Budget Adoption), June 17

expand Elementary Choice Academies 2014/2015

Project: Elementary Choice Academies
Purpose Provide parents and guardians of students in grades K-5 with options to select the educational environment they feel is best suited for their child.
Status Choice Academies applications for 2014-2015 school year accepted from Nov. 11, 2013 – Jan. 17, 2014. Application deadline: Jan. 17, 2014.
Timeline
  • Forms and registration information on district website: Oct. 2013
  • Applications accepted: Nov. 11, 2013 – Jan. 17, 2014
  • Application deadline: Jan. 17, 2014

expand Compensation Redesign

Project: Compensation Redesign
Purpose To develop a balanced compensation system
Status
  • Board approves pursuing Race to the Top resource reallocation review project awarded to the Georgia Department of Education with Education Resource Strategies (ERS), September 2012
  • Administration working with ERS reviews system needs, priorities, programs, resource allocations, anticipated impact to staffing, April – September 2013
  • Board approves Phase II of the MCS Excel Compensation Plan to include the transition to tuition reimbursement and the piloting of enhanced teacher roles and responsibilities, Dec. 17, 2013
Timeline Your opinion counts! Obtaining feedback is a vital step in establishing a quality, redesigned compensation system. Send feedback to compfeedback@marietta-city.org.

expand Northcutt Stadium Renovations/Modifications

Project: Northcutt Stadium Renovations/Modifications
Purpose To modernize and improve Northcutt Stadium & Surrounding Area with needed capital improvements. Funded through SPLOST IV
Status
  • Board approved Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) on September 29, 2014 in the amount of $11,267,348
  • Construction/renovation: Plan out for Bids
  • Public announcement on Web site: Sept. 17, 2013 – Request of sealed bids from Architectural firms for design proposals of construction of Additions and Renovations.
  • Construction/renovation: Bid for Architectural Services approved by BOE, Nov. 19, 2013
  • Public announcement on Web site: Oct. 29, 2013 – Request of sealed bids for Construction Management Firms for Modifications and Renovations.
  • Architects Presentation to BOE, Dec. 10, 2013
  • Construction/renovation: Bid for Construction Manager at Risk approved by BOE, Dec. 17, 2013
  • Northcutt Stadium Playing Surface approved by BOE: Dec. 17, 2013
  • Northcutt Stadium Design Concept Video 
Timeline


Key Projects 2012/2013

expandAnnual Budget Process

Project: Annual Budget Process
Purpose To prepare and approve a budget for the FY14 school year
Status
  • Budget preparation calendar approved, Jan. 2013
  • Administration reviews system needs, priorities, programs, funds, anticipated impact to fund coming year based on economy, legislation, enrollment trends, staffing, capital improvements, Jan. – Mar. 2013
  • Board budget preparation process work sessions, Mar. - May 2013
  • Tentative FY14 budget adopted following public comment, May, 2013
  • Tentative FY14 budget advertised in legal organ, May – Jun. 2013
  • Board work sessions for budget, Mar. – Jun. 2013
  • FY14 budget adopted following public comment, June, 2013
Timeline
  • Budget preparation process begins Dec. 2012 and culminates with board approval June 2013.

expandApproval of Calendar

Project: Approval of Calendar
Purpose Prepare and Approve the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school calendars.
Status
Timeline
  • Sept. 2012-Dec. 2012

expand MHS Auditorium Construction Project

Project: MHS Auditorium
Purpose To design, finance and construct an auditorium facility at Marietta High School (MHS)
Status
  • School board/Administration review proposed site designs, financing options, construction costs, Feb. 2010
  • Board/Superintendent conduct public information forum at MHS, Nov. 2010
  • Board Seeks Public Comment - Hosts Public Forum, May 19, 2011
  • Board approves Superintendent's recommendations regarding board member support for items below, June 2011
    • Intent to build a multi-use auditorium to serve all Marietta City Schools and community needs at Marietta High School (MHS),
    • Charge Superintendent with educating the public on the project and finance options
    • Pursue a school bond election to finance MHS auditorium construction, Feb. 2012 Presidential Preference Primary
    • Prepare a Request for Proposal (RFP) to secure sealed bids for Architectural Services on the construction project
  • Board reviews construction delivery models, and elects use of Construction Manager/General Contractor at Risk delivery model when preparing the Request for Proposal (RFP) for Architectural Services, July 2011
  • RFP issued to secure sealed bids for Architectural Services on the construction project, July 2011
  • Board work session, financing options, Aug. 2, 2011
  • Board approves $7 million five-year general obligation bond to finance construction of a proposed multi-use auditorium at Marietta High School. The bond will be placed on the ballot during the 2012 presidential primary election for voter approval, Aug. 2011.
  • Board Hosts Public Information Forum, Sept. 12 , 2011
  • Board Hosts Public Information Forum, Jan. 24 , 2012
  • Board Hosts Public Forum, Feb. 29, 2012
  • Marietta Voters Approve $7M Auditorium Bond, March 6, 2012
    • About 53 percent of voters, 3,664, supported the bond referendum. Voter turnout was about 26 percent, with 6,959 of the 26,649 registered voters casting ballots.
  • Groundbreaking Ceremony, May 17, 2012
    • The groundbreaking Crew included Jill Mutimer, chair of the Board of Education; Tony Fasola, board member; Randy Weiner, board vice chair; Irene Berens, board member; Leigh Colburn, MHS Principal; and Marietta City Schools Superintendent, Dr. Emily Lembeck.
  • Ribbon-cutting Ceremony, Superintendent’s Employee Welcome Back Kickoff, Aug. 5, 2013
    pdf files    MDJ Ribbon-cutting Ceremony Article (Aug. 6, 2013)
    • The Ribbon-cutting Crew included Marietta City Schools Superintendent, Dr. Emily Lembeck; MHS Principal Leigh Beggs-Colburn; Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin; MCS Board of Education members, Tony Fasola, Jill Mutimer, Chairman Randy Weiner, Irene Berens, Brett Bittner and Vice-Chairman Tom Cheater.
Timeline

expand Charter System Renewal

Project: Charter System Renewal
Purpose Achieve renewal of Georgia Charter System status as permitted by "Charter Systems Act" (Senate Bill 39).
Status
Timeline
  • Apr. 10. 2012: Board discussion/approval of Letter of Intent for Charter System Renewal
  • Apr. 17, 2012: Board approved Letter of Intent for Charter System Renewal
  • Apr. – Sept. 2012: Development of charter petition
  • Sept. 7, 2012: Charter System Renewal Update – Board Retreat
  • Sept. 18, 2012: Board approves Charter System Renewal Application outline
  • Sept. 19 – Oct. 8, 2012: Public Information and Feedback Sessions
  • Oct. 9, 2012: Public Hearing: Charter System Renewal Application
  • Oct. 9, 2012: Board approves Charter System Renewal Application and Resolution
  • Nov. 1, 2012: Charter System Renewal Application submitted to Georgia Department of Education
  • Dec. 20, 2012: Charter System Renewal Site Visit
  • Feb. 20, 2013: State Board of Education approves 10-year Charter System Renewal
  • Charter System public hearing held at MCS Central Administrative offices located at 250 Howard Street, Marietta, GA.

expand Strategic Planning

Project: Strategic Planning (2013-2016)
Purpose

To develop a strategic plan for MCS’s future direction that :

  • Ensures the district aligns its resources to focus on what matters
  • Builds consensus for the district’s measurable outcomes for the district
  • Secures input and buy-in from all stakeholders
  • Provides a system for continuous improvement and accountability
Status
  • The current MCS Strategic Plan ends at the end of 2012.  In order to keep the strategic plan viable, timely and responsive to the needs of students and the community, the strategic plan shall be updated through Matthews Consulting Group, and specifically Michelle Matthews.
  • MCS Initiatives to be incorporated into the plan:
    • MCS’s SACS reauthorization which will require surveys and a plan using their templates and software
    • Potential recommendations from three different research studies done by GPEE and Emory
    • Results of the teacher quality survey required by our charter petition
    • The MCS Technology Plan
    • The new NCLB waiver has CCRPI (College & Career Ready Performance Index) goals outlined for elementary, middle and high school. 
Timeline
(Preparation and Approval Activities)

expand Elementary Choice Academies

Project: Elementary Choice Academies
Purpose Provide parents and guardians of students in grades K-5 with options to select the educational environment they feel is best suited for their child.
Status Choice Academies applications for 2013-2014 school year accepted from Nov. 12, 2012 – Jan. 18, 2013. Application deadline: Jan. 18, 2013.
Timeline
  • Forms and registration information on district website: Oct. 2012
  • Applications accepted: Nov. 12, 2012 – Jan. 18, 2013
  • Application deadline: Jan. 18, 2013


Key Projects 2011/2012

expand Annual Budget Process

Project: Annual Budget Process
Purpose To prepare and approve a budget for the FY13 school year
Status
  • Budget preparation calendar approved, Jan. 2012
  • Administration reviews system needs, priorities, programs, funds, anticipated impact to fund coming year based on economy, legislation, enrollment trends, staffing, capital improvements, Jan. – Mar. 2012
  • Board budget preparation process work sessions, Mar. - May 2012
  • Tentative FY12 budget adopted following public comment, May, 2012
  • Tentative FY12 budget advertised in legal organ, May – Jun. 2012
  • Board work sessions for budget, Mar. – Jun. 2012
  • FY12 budget adopted following public comment, June, 2012
Timeline Budget preparation process begins Dec. 2011 and culminates with board approval June 2012.

expand School Bond – MHS Auditorium Construction Project

Project: MHS Auditorium
Purpose To design, finance and construct an auditorium facility at Marietta High School (MHS)
Status
  • School board/Administration review proposed site designs, financing options, construction costs, Feb. 2010
  • Board/Superintendent conduct public information forum at MHS, Nov. 2010
  • Board Seeks Public Comment - Hosts Public Forum, May 19, 2011
  • Board approves Superintendent's recommendations regarding board member support for items below, June 2011
    • Intent to build a multi-use auditorium to serve all Marietta City Schools and community needs at Marietta High School (MHS),
    • Charge Superintendent with educating the public on the project and finance options
    • Pursue a school bond election to finance MHS auditorium construction, Feb. 2012 Presidential Preference Primary
    • Prepare a Request for Proposal (RFP) to secure sealed bids for Architectural Services on the construction project
  • Board reviews construction delivery models, and elects use of Construction Manager/General Contractor at Risk delivery model when preparing the Request for Proposal (RFP) for Architectural Services, July 2011
  • RFP issued to secure sealed bids for Architectural Services on the construction project, July 2011
  • Board work session, financing options, Aug. 2, 2011
  • Board approves $7 million five-year general obligation bond to finance construction of a proposed multi-use auditorium at Marietta High School. The bond will be placed on the ballot during the 2012 presidential primary election for voter approval, Aug. 2011.
  • Board Hosts Public Information Forum, Sept. 12 , 2011
  • Board Hosts Public Information Forum, Jan. 24 , 2012
  • Board Hosts Public Forum, Feb. 29, 2012
  • Marietta Voters Approve $7M Auditorium Bond, March 6, 2012
    • About 53 percent of voters, 3,664, supported the bond referendum. Voter turnout was about 26 percent, with 6,959 of the 26,649 registered voters casting ballots.
  • MHS Auditorium Groundbreaking Ceremony, May 17, 2012
    • The groundbreaking Crew included Jill Mutimer, chair of the Board of Education; Tony Fasola, board member; Randy Weiner, board vice chair; Irene Berens, board member; Leigh Colburn, MHS Principal; and Marietta City Schools Superintendent, Dr. Emily Lembeck.
Timeline
  • Board Seeks Public Comment - Hosts Public Forum, May 19, 2011
  • RFP issued to secure sealed bids for Architectural Services on the construction project, July 2011
  • Board work session, financing options, Aug. 2, 2011
  • Board approves $7 million five-year general obligation bond to finance construction of a proposed multi-use auditorium at Marietta High School. The bond will be placed on the ballot during the 2012 presidential primary election for voter approval, Aug. 2011.
  • Superintendent, School Bond Referendum Education, Sept. 2011 – Jan. 2012
    • School/Community Connections - MHS Theater Bond Referendum Education, 7 p.m., Marietta YELLS Afterschool Program, Las Colinas, 861 Franklin Rd, Bldg 2800, Marietta, Sept. 27, 2011
    • Superintendent Coffee Talk - MHS Theater Bond Referendum Education, MHS Black Box Theatre, 7 p.m., Oct. 4, 2011
    • Community Connections - MHS Auditorium Bond Referendum Education, Zion Baptist Church, 6:30 p.m., Nov. 29, 2011
    • Superintendent Coffee Talk - MHS Auditorium Bond Referendum Education, Dunleith Elementary, 7 p.m., Jan. 12, 2012
    • Superintendent Coffee Talk - MHS Auditorium Bond Referendum Education, Sawyer Road Elementary, 7 p.m., Feb. 2, 2012
  • Board Public Forum, Sept. 12 , 2011
  • Board Public Forum, Jan. 24 , 2012
  • Board Public Forum, Feb. 29, 2012
  • Marietta Voters Approve $7M Auditorium Bond, March 6, 2012
    • About 53 percent of voters, 3,664, supported the bond referendum. Voter turnout was about 26 percent, with 6,959 of the 26,649 registered voters casting ballots.
  • Construction Manager at Risk Pre-bid Meeting, March 2012
  • Construction Manager at Risk Proposals Review, April 2012
  • Construction Manager at Risk Board Presentation – Project Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP), April 2012
  • Auditorium Construction Begins, May 2012 (planned)

expand Elementary Choice Academies

Project: Elementary Choice Academies
Purpose Provide parents and guardians of students in grades K-5 with options to select the educational environment they feel is best suited for their child.
Status Choice Academies applications for 2012-2013 school year accepted from Nov. 7, 2011 – Jan. 20, 2012. Application deadline: Jan. 20, 2012.
Timeline
  • Forms and registration information on district website: Oct. 2011
  • Choice Information session: Oct. 20, 2011
  • Applications accepted: Nov. 7, 2011 – Jan. 20, 2012
  • Application deadline: Jan. 20, 2012


Key Projects 2010/2011

expand Annual Budget Process

Project: Annual Budget Process
Purpose To prepare and approve a budget for the FY12 school year
Status
  • Budget preparation calendar approved, Jan. 2011
  • Administration reviews system needs, priorities, programs, funds, anticipated impact to fund coming year based on economy, legislation, enrollment trends, staffing, capital improvements, Jan. – Mar. 2011
  • Board budget preparation process work sessions, Mar. - May 2011
  • Tentative FY12 budget adopted following public comment, May 17, 2011
  • Tentative FY12 budget advertised in legal organ, May – Jun. 2011
  • Board work sessions for budget, Mar. – Jun. 2011
  • FY12 budget adopted following public comment, June 21, 2011
Timeline Budget preparation process begins Dec. 2010 and culminates with board approval June 2011.

expand Approval of Calendar

Project: Approval of Calendar
Purpose Prepare and Approve the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 calendars.
Status
  • Review Board of Regents calendar: Aug. 2010
  • Proposed Calendars sent to School Governance Teams: Sept. 2010
  • School Governance Teams Conduct Calendar Survey: Oct. 2010
  • SGT Calendar Recommendations to Board: Nov. 2010
  • Board adopts 2011-2012; 2012-2013 calendars: Dec. 21, 2010
    pdf files  2011-2012 School Calendar
    pdf files  2012-2013 School Calendar
Timeline Sept. 2010-Dec. 2010

expand Elementary Choice Academies

Project: Elementary Choice Academies
Purpose Provide parents and guardians of students in grades K-5 with options to select the educational environment they feel is best suited for their child.
Status Choice Academies applications for 2011-2012 school year accepted from Nov. 8, 2010 – Jan. 14, 2011. Application deadline: Jan. 14, 2011.
Timeline
  • Forms and registration information on district website: Oct. 2010
  • Information sessions planned: Oct. 2010
  • Applications accepted: Nov. 8, 2010 – Jan. 14, 2011
  • Application deadline: Jan. 14, 2011

expand Sixth Grade Academy Renovation

Project: Sixth Grade Academy Renovation
Purpose To accommodate growth to provide school with needed capital improvements. Funded through SPLOST III
Status
  • Construction/renovation: Plan out for Bids
  • Public announcement on Web site: May 15, 2009 – Phase I, Request of sealed bids from General Contractors for construction of Additions and Renovations.
  • Construction/renovation: Phase I bid approved by BOE, Jun. 16, 2009 Details»
  • Construction/renovation: Phase II Plan out for Bids
  • Public announcement on Web site: Oct. 21, 2009 – Phase II, Request of sealed bids for Construction Management Firms for Modifications and Renovations.
  • Construction/renovation: Phase II bid approved by BOE, Dec. 15, 2009 Details»
  • Ribbon-cutting ceremony to announce completion of Construction/renovation: Dec. 20, 2010
  • Resolution approval by BOE: Dec. 2010
Timeline
  • Construction/renovation: Plan out for Bids, May 15, 2009
  • Phase I construction/renovation completion approximately Aug. 2009
  • Renovation plan: Scheduled completion Phase I, Jan. 4, 2010
  • Main Building HVAC Prep: Phase II, Mar. 2010
  • Gym construction/renovation: Phase II, March – May 2010 [98% complete]
  • Main Building Construction/renovation: Phase II, July 2010 [complete]
  • Ribbon-cutting ceremony to announce completion of Construction/renovation: Dec. 20, 2010
  • Resolution approval by BOE: Dec. 21, 2010 Details»


Key Projects 2009/2010

expand Annual Budget Process

Project: Annual Budget Process
Purpose To prepare and approve a budget for the FY11 school year
Status
  • Budget preparation calendar approved, Jan. 2010
  • Administration reviews system needs, priorities, programs, funds, anticipated impact to fund coming year based on economy, legislation, enrollment trends, staffing, capital improvements, Jan. – Mar. 2010
  • Board budget preparation process work sessions, Mar. - May 2010
  • Tentative FY11 budget adopted following public comment, May 2010
  • Tentative FY11 budget advertised in legal organ, May – Jun. 2010
  • Board work sessions for budget, Mar. – Jun. 2010
  • FY11 budget adopted following public comment, Jun. 15, 2010
Timeline Budget preparation process begins Dec. 2009 and culminates with board approval June 2010.

expand Sixth Grade Academy Renovation

Project: Sixth Grade Academy Renovation
Purpose To accommodate growth to provide school with needed capital improvements. Funded through SPLOST III
Status
  • Construction/renovation: Plan out for Bids
  • Public announcement on Web site: May 15, 2009 – Phase I, Request of sealed bids from General Contractors for construction of Additions and Renovations.
  • Construction/renovation: Phase I bid approved by BOE, Jun. 16, 2009 Details»
  • Construction/renovation: Phase II Plan out for Bids
  • Public announcement on Web site: Oct. 21, 2009 – Phase II, Request of sealed bids for Construction Management Firms for Modifications and Renovations.
  • Construction/renovation: Phase II bid approved by BOE, Dec. 15, 2009 Details»
Timeline
  • Construction/renovation: Plan out for Bids, May 15, 2009
  • Phase I construction/renovation completion approximately Aug. 2009
  • Renovation plan: Scheduled completion Phase I, Jan. 4, 2010
  • Main Building HVAC Prep: Phase II, Mar. 2010
  • Gym construction/renovation: Phase II, March – May 2010 [98% complete]
  • Main Building Construction/renovation: Phase II, July 2010 [complete]

expand IB MYP Program (6-10)

Project: IB MYP Program (6-10)
Purpose To promote appropriate instructional philosophy for middle years education, provides non-Magnet students with a viable choice for a rigorous program. Increase pipeline for full IB Diploma 11/12, and Foreign Language and Physical Education parts of program. Bring an Internationally-recognized program to district middle schools.
Status
  • Implemented Grade 6: 2006-2007
  • Initial presentation to school board: Jan. 2006
  • Public Information Sessions: Jan.-Feb. 2006
  • Request to become IB MYP Candidate school approved by IBO: May 2006
  • IBNA assigned consultant for one year: Aug. 2006
  • Plan for grades 7/8 ongoing: Jan. 2006-June 2007
  • School board approved budget: Mar. 2007
  • Plan for grades 9/10 ongoing: Jan. 2006-June 2008
  • Board approved budget: Mar. 2008
  • IB MYP Authorization received: Apr. 2008
  • Implemented Grade 9: 2008-2009
Timeline
  • Budget and Program approval recommended: Feb. 2006
  • Implement Grade 6: Fall 2006
  • Plan for grades 7 and 8: July 2007
  • Implement grades 7 and 8: Fall 2007
  • Implement grade 9: Fall 2008
  • Implement grade 10: Fall 2009

expand Strategic Planning

Project: Strategic Planning
Purpose
  • To identify and focus on what’s important
  • To secure input and buy-in from all stakeholders
  • To build consensus on measurable outcomes for the district
  • To align resources
  • To provide a system for continuous improvement and accountability
Status In order to keep the strategic plan viable, timely and responsive to the needs of students and the community, the strategic plan shall be updated through the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) Strategic Planning process. Board approved Surveys completed for Title 1 as well as a non-Title 1 follow-up survey will provide data in addition to the GSBA survey and can also gauge progress made since the parents and community were surveyed in August 2006. This process is to begin August – September 2009 and generally is ongoing for six to eight months.
Timeline

Preparation and Approval Activities:


Key Projects 2008/2009

expand Annual Budget Process

Project: Annual Budget Process
Purpose To prepare and approve a budget for the FY10 school year
Status
  • Budget preparation calendar approved, Dec. 2008
  • Administration reviews system needs, priorities, programs, funds, anticipated impact to fund coming year based on economy, legislation, enrollment trends, staffing, capital improvements, etc., Jan. – Mar. 2009
  • Board budget preparation process work sessions, Mar. - May 2009
  • Tentative FY10 budget adopted following public comment, May 2009
  • Tentative FY10 budget advertised in legal organ, May - June 2009
  • Board work session for budget, June 2009
  • FY10 budget adopted following public comment, June 2009
Timeline Budget preparation process begins Dec. 2008 and culminates with board approval June 2009.

expand Approval of Calendar

Project: Approval of Calendar
Purpose Prepare and Approve the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 calendars.
Status
  • Review Board of Regents calendar
  • System representative attends Metro calendar meeting: Oct. 2008
  • Calendar presented to board: Nov. 2008
  • Public review and comment, Nov. – Dec. 2008
  • Board approval 2009-2010 calendar: Dec. 2008
  • Board approval 2010-2011 calendar: FY10
Timeline Oct. 2008-Dec. 2008

expand Charter System

Project: Georgia Charter System
Purpose Achieve Georgia Charter System status as permitted by "Charter Systems Act" (Senate Bill 39).
Status
Timeline
  • Sept. 14, 2007: Attend Charter Advisory Committee meeting
  • Oct. 5, 2007: Board discussion regarding charter system
  • Oct. 9, 2007: Board discussion/approval to develop charter planning grant
  • Oct. 16, 2007: Discussion with school and district leadership regarding Charter system opportunity
  • Oct. - Dec. 2007: Discussions with faculty and staff at schools
  • Nov.13, 2007: Submission of planning grant for BOE approval
  • Nov. - Dec. 2007: Superintendent Outreach Sessions with families, community and business partners
  • Nov. - Dec. 2007: Development of charter petition
  • Dec. 17, 2007: Charter system public information sessions
  • Dec. 17, 2007: Charter system public hearing
    pdf files  Presentation
  • Jan. 7, 2008: Charter system public information sessions
  • Jan. 7, 2008: Charter system public hearing
    pdf files  Presentation
  • Jan. 8, 2008: Board approved final Charter system petition submitted to SBOE
  • Jan. 14, 2008: Charter petition approved by BOE
  • Jan. 15, 2008: Charter petition submitted to SBOE for approval
  • Apr. 18, 2008: Revised Charter petition submitted to SBOE for approval
  • May 8, 2008: Revised Charter petition to SBOE for consideration
  • May 20, 2008: Revised Charter petition at SBOE Special Called meeting
  • Jun. 12, 2008: District Charter System status approved by SBOE

Charter System public hearings and information sessions held at MCS Central Administrative offices located at 250 Howard Street, Marietta, GA.

expand Elementary Choice Academies

Project: Elementary Choice Academies
Purpose Provide parents and guardians of students in grades K-5 with options to select the educational environment they feel is best suited for their child.
Status Choice Academies applications for 2009-2010 school year accepted from
Nov. 3, 2008 – Jan. 16, 2009. Application deadline: Jan. 16, 2009.
Timeline
  • Forms and registration information available on district Web site: Nov. 3, 2008
  • Information sessions planned:
    • Thursday, Nov. 6 – 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.; Cobb Central Library, 266 Roswell Street, Marietta
    • Wednesday, Nov. 19 – 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.; Marietta City Hall, 205 Lawrence Street, Marietta
  • Applications accepted: Nov. 3, 2008 – Jan. 16, 2009
  • Application deadline: Jan. 16, 2009.

expand Hickory Hills Renovation

Project: Hickory Hills Renovation
Purpose To accommodate growth and Choice Arts Academy through additional instructional units funded through SPLOST II. To provide school with needed capital improvements.
Status
  • New Construction: Plan out for Bids
  • Public announcement on Web site: Feb. 2008
  • Request of sealed bids from General Contractors for construction of Additions and Renovations.
  • Renovation plan: Completed and out for Bid, Mar. 2008
  • Overall completion approximately Apr. 2009
Timeline
  • New Construction: Plan out for Bids, Jan. 2008
  • Renovation plan: Scheduled completion, Spring 2008
  • New Construction and Renovations: Completed Apr. 2009
    • Four instructional units (classrooms)
    • Four arts classroom

expand IB MYP Program (6-10)

Project: IB MYP Program (6-10)
Purpose To promote appropriate instructional philosophy for middle years education, provides non-Magnet students with a viable choice for a rigorous program. Increase pipeline for full IB Diploma 11/12, and Foreign Language and Physical Education parts of program. Bring an Internationally-recognized program to district middle schools.
Status
  • Implemented Grade 6: 2006-2007
  • Initial presentation to school board: Jan. 2006
  • Public Information Sessions: Jan.-Feb. 2006
  • Request to become IB MYP Candidate school approved by IBO: May 2006
  • IBNA assigned consultant for one year: Aug. 2006
  • Plan for grades 7/8 ongoing: Jan. 2006-June 2007
  • School board approved budget: Mar. 2007
  • Plan for grades 9/10 ongoing: Jan. 2006-June 2008
  • Board approved budget: Mar. 2008
  • IB MYP Authorization received: Apr. 2008
  • Implemented Grade 9: 2008-2009
Timeline
  • Budget and Program approval recommended: Feb. 2006
  • Implement Grade 6: Fall 2006
  • Plan for grades 7 and 8: July 2007
  • Implement grades 7 and 8: Fall 2007
  • Implement grade 9: Fall 2008
  • Implement grade 10: Fall 2009

expand Strategic Planning

Project: Strategic Planning
Purpose
  • To identify and focus on what’s important
  • To secure input and buy-in from all stakeholders
  • To build consensus on measurable outcomes for the district
  • To align resources
  • To provide a system for continuous improvement and accountability
Status In order to keep the strategic plan viable, timely and responsive to the needs of students and the community, the strategic plan shall be updated through the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) Strategic Planning process. Board approved Surveys completed for Title 1 as well as a non-Title 1 follow-up survey will provide data in addition to the GSBA survey and can also gauge progress made since the parents and community were surveyed in August 2006. This process is to begin August – September 2009 and generally is ongoing for six to eight months.
Timeline

Preparation and Approval Activities:


Key Projects 2007/2008

expand Annual Budget Process

Project: Annual Budget Process
Purpose To prepare and approve a budget for the FY09 school year
Status
  • Budget preparation calendar approved, January 2008
  • Administration reviews system needs, priorities, programs, funds, anticipated impact to fund coming year based on economy, legislation, enrollment trends, staffing, capital improvements, etc., January-March 2008
  • Board budget preparation process work sessions, March-May 2008
  • Tentative FY09 budget adopted following public comment, May 2008
  • Tentative FY09 budget advertised in legal organ, May 2008
  • Board work session for budget, June 2008
  • FY09 budget adopted following public comment, June 2008
Timeline The budget preparation process begins on January 2008 culminating with board approval in June 2008.

expand Approval of Calendar

Project: Approval of Calendar
Purpose Prepare and Approve the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 calendars.
Status
  • Board approved 2007-08 calendar Dec. 19, 2006, will approve 2008-2009 calendar in FY08
  • To approve a system calendar for two years to permit more long-term planning
  • Review Board of Regents calendar. System representative attends Metro calendar meeting, October 2007
  • Calendar presented to board, November 2007
  • Public review and comment, November-December 2007
  • Board approval, December 2007
Timeline Oct. 2007-Dec.2007

expand Centralized Registration, K-5

Project: Centralized Registration, K-5
Purpose Centralize K-5 registration for all new elementary (K-5) students to the district, residency verification, and coordination and management of the choice application process.
Status
  • Implemented centralized registration: July 1, 2007
  • Residency verification; ongoing
Timeline
  • Board approval: March, 20, 2007
  • Board approval: March, 20, 2007
  • Hire Central Registration staff/supervisor: May-June 2007
  • Central Registration begins: July 1, 2007
  • First student registered via Central Registration: July 3, 2007

expand Charter System

Project: District Charter System
Purpose To achieve District Charter System status as allowed by the "Charter Systems Act" (Senate Bill 39).
Status
  • Submission of planning grant for BOE approval: Nov. 13, 2007
  • Development of charter petition: Nov.-Dec. 2007
Timeline
  • Sep 14, 2007 - Attend Charter Advisory Committee meeting
  • Oct 5, 2007 - Board discussion regarding charter system
  • Oct 9, 2007 - Board discussion/approval to develop charter planning grant
  • Oct 16, 2007 - Discussion with school and district leadership regarding Charter system opportunity
  • Oct-Dec, 2007 - Discussions with faculty and staff at schools
  • Nov 13, 2007 - Submission of planning grant for BOE approval
  • Nov-Dec, 2007 - Superintendent Outreach Sessions with families, community and business partners
  • Nov-Dec, 2007 - Development of charter petition*
  • Dec 13, 2007 - District approved by SBOE for $5,000 Charter System Planning Grant
  • Dec 17, 2007 - Charter system public hearings
  • Jan 7, 2008 - Charter system public hearings
  • Jan 7, 2008 – District announces SBOE $5,000 Charter System Planning Grant
  • Jan 8, 2008 - Submission of charter petition for BOE approval
  • Jan 14, 2008 - Charter petition approved by BOE
  • Jan 14, 2008 - Charter petition submitted to SBOE for approval*
  • Apr 15, 2008 - Revised Charter petition approved by BOE
  • May 2008 - Charter petition to SBOE for vote
* Pending BOE approval

Charter School System public hearings:

  • Monday, Dec. 17, 2007 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 7, 2008 at 6:30 p.m.

Charter School System information sessions:

  • Monday, Dec. 17, 2007 at 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 7, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Both the Charter System public hearings and information sessions will be held at the MCS Central Administrative offices located at 250 Howard Street in Marietta.

expand Elementary Choice Academies

Project: Elementary Choice Academies
Purpose Provide parents and guardians of students in grades K-5 with options to select the educational environment they feel is best suited for their child.
Status Implementation of Choice Academies at each K-5 school effective 2008-2009.
Timeline
  • Forms and registration information available on district website: Oct. 1, 2007
  • Information sessions conducted:
    • Thursday, Oct. 4 – 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Cobb Central Library, 266 Roswell Street, Marietta
    • Tuesday, Oct. 16 – 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Center for Family Resources, 995 Roswell Street NE, Marietta
    • Thursday, Oct. 25 – 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Marietta City Hall, 205 Lawrence Street, Marietta

  • Registration: Ongoing
  • Deadline for registration: Jan. 18, 2008

expand Elementary Limited Redistricting

Project: Elementary Limited Redistricting
Purpose At the October 12, 2007 meeting of the Board of Education of the City of Marietta, Dr. Emily Lembeck, Superintendent, Marietta City Schools (MCS) made a recommendation to engage a facilitator to develop a limited redistricting plan according to the following criteria:
  • Reduce enrollment at Sawyer Road Elementary and Park Street Elementary.
  • Move as few students as needed to accomplish the goal.
  • Leave room for Choice and growth at all schools.
  • Allow Board to take action prior to Jan.18, 2008 deadline for School Choice.

pdf files  Elementary Schools Limited Redistricting Process

Status
  • Superintendent presents process for development of limited redistricting plan to Board of Education of the City of Marietta: Nov. 2, 2007
  • Facilitator gathers input from MCS staff and Board members. Community focus group members are recommended: Nov. 5 – 8, 2007
  • Facilitator holds first community focus group meeting to gather information and provide needed input to the process: Nov. 15, 2008
    pdf files Meeting Minutes 
  • Facilitator holds second community focus group meeting: Nov. 29, 2007
    pdf files Meeting Minutes 
  • Facilitator presents limited redistricting plan to Board of Education of the City of Marietta: Dec. 11, 2007
Timeline
  • Dec. 13: Facilitator holds public review session.
  • Dec. 18: Board of Education of the City of Marietta takes action on limited redistricting plan recommendation.

expand Extend STEM Magnet Program to grades 6 – 8

Project: Extend Magnet Program in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to grades 6 – 8
Purpose International competition, national security, reliance on foreign talent, domestic trends in education (all levels)

Rationale 2002: Research indicates the United States needs about one million engineers, scientists and technicians. Marietta City Schools (MCS) has been exploring programs that foster student participation in these areas. An elementary magnet for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) could play a significant role in preparing MCS students to continue advanced studies in the middle grades and high school, as preparation for post-secondary studies at institutions like Southern Polytechnic State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Kennesaw State University, Chattahoochee Technical College and others.
Status
  • Grades 6-8 continuation of Grades 3-5 Magnet program approved: April 2004
  • Implemented (Gr 6 STEM): August 2006
  • Approved by board for location at MSGA and MMS
  • Magnet coordinator to assist with Grades 3-8
  • Board approval of Grades 7-8 Magnet continuation: Dec. 2005
  • Board approval to locate 7-8 Magnet at MMS: Dec. 2006
  • Implemented (Gr 7-8 STEM): 2007-2008
  • Board approval of Magnet Coordinator
Timeline
  • Implement Grade 6, Fall 2006
  • Implement Grade 7, Fall 2007
  • Implement Grade 8, Fall 2008

expand Hickory Hills Renovation

Project: Hickory Hills Renovation
Purpose To accommodate growth and Choice Arts Academy through additional instructional units funded through SPLOST II. To provide school with needed capital improvements.
Status
  • New Construction: Plan out for Bids
  • Public announcement on Web site for request of sealed bids from General Contractors for construction of Additions and Renovations at Hickory Hills Elementary School, Feb. 2008
  • Renovation plan: Scheduled completion, Spring 2008
Timeline
  • New Construction: Plan out for Bids, Jan. 2008
  • Renovation plan: Completed and out for Bid, Mar. 2008

expand IB MYP Program (6-10)

Project: IB MYP Program (6-10)
Purpose To promote appropriate instructional philosophy for middle years education, provides non-Magnet students with a viable choice for a rigorous program, increase pipeline for full IB Diploma 11/12, FL and PE part of program, brings a respected program to MCS middle schools to deter leaving MCS for those years.
Status
  • Implemented Grade 6, 2006-07
  • Initial presentation made to board, January 2006
  • Public Information Sessions, January-February 2006
  • Request to become an IB MYP Candidate school approved by IBO, May 2006
  • IBNA assigned consultant for one year August 2006
  • Plan for grades 7/8 on-going, January 2006-June 2007
  • Board approve budget, March 2007
  • Plan for grades 9/10 on-going January 2006-June 2008
  • Board approve budget March 2008
Timeline
  • Budget & Program approval recommended, February 2006
  • Implement Grade 6, Fall 2006
  • Plan for grades 7 and 8, July 2007
  • Implement grades 7 and 8, Fall 2007

expand Strategic Facilities Plan - Hickory Hills Elementary

Project: Strategic Facilities Plan - Hickory Hills Elementary
Purpose To address current under-enrollment at school and impact of city-wide redevelopment on other district schools. Observation: Initial data and demographic information indicates marked shift in population and enrollment trends in and around the Hickory Hills area resulting from ongoing city-wide redevelopment. Impact on Hickory Hills enrollment unknown. Next Steps: District Administration and Superintendent to research a choice arts-integration program to be housed at Hickory Hills facility.
Status
  • School to remain open as a zoned school 2007-2008.
  • Current faculty/staff may begin to focus on elements of an arts integration theme.
  • District to determine current staffing requirements.
  • District to define scope of work and secure construction bids.
Timeline
  • Research/assessment phase: Jan-Aug 2007
    • Regional/out-of-state site visits
    • Professional conferences

  • Funding/grant research: 2007-2008
    • Program implementation

  • Concept/proposal presentation to BOE: May 2007
  • Program materials development: Approved May 2007
  • Staffing/recruitment: Oct–Dec 2007
  • Implementation phase: proposed 2008-09

expand West Side Renovation

Project: West Side Renovation
Purpose To accommodate student growth through additional instructional units funded through SPLOST II. To provide school with needed capital improvements.
Status
  • New Construction: Scheduled completion Winter 2007
  • In process: Renovation
Timeline
  • All renovation should be complete by Jan. 2008


Key Projects 2006/2007

expand Annual Budget Process

Project: Annual Budget Process
Purpose To prepare and approve a budget for the FY08 school year
Status
  • Budget preparation calendar approved, January 2007
  • Administration reviews system needs, priorities, programs, funds, anticipated impact to fund coming year based on economy, legislation, enrollment trends, staffing, capital improvements, etc., January-March 2007
  • Board budget preparation process work sessions, March-May 2007
  • Tentative FY08 budget adopted following public comment, May 2007
  • Tentative FY08 budget advertised in legal organ, May 2007
  • Board work session for budget, June 2007
  • FY 2008 budget adopted following public comment, June 2007
Timeline The budget preparation process begins on January 2007 culminating with board approval in June 2007.

expand Approval of Calendar

Project: Approval of Calendar
Purpose Prepare and Approve the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 calendars.
Status
  • Board approved 2007-08 calendar on Dec. 19 2006, will approve 2008-2009 calendar in FY08
  • To approve a system calendar for two years to permit more long-term planning
  • Review Board of Regents calendar. System representative attends Metro calendar meeting, October 2006
  • Calendar presented to board, November 2006
  • Public review and comment, November-December 2006
  • Board approval, December 2006
Timeline October 2006-January 2007

expand Charter Schools

Project: Charter Schools
Purpose To provide schools of choice as permitted by legislation, and to engage parents and staff in development of school programs and philosophies through conversion charters.
Status
  • Marietta Charter: Opened, Aug. 2006
  • Hickory Hills (Conversion petition not submitted)
  • A.L. Burruss (Conversion petition not submitted)
  • Sawyer Road (Conversion)
    • Board approved: Nov. 7, 2006
    • State Board Charter Agreement signed: Aug. 7, 2007

Timeline

 

expand Extend STEM Magnet Program to grades 6 – 8

Project: Extend Magnet Program in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to grades 6 – 8
Purpose International competition, national security, reliance on foreign talent, domestic trends in education (all levels)

Rationale 2002: Research indicates the United States needs about one million engineers, scientists and technicians. Marietta City Schools (MCS) has been exploring programs that foster student participation in these areas. An elementary magnet for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) could play a significant role in preparing MCS students to continue advanced studies in the middle grades and high school, as preparation for post-secondary studies at institutions like Southern Polytechnic State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Kennesaw State University, Chattahoochee Technical College and others.
Status
  • Grades 6-8 continuation of Grades 3-5 Magnet program approved: April 2004
  • Implemented (Gr 6 STEM): August 2006
  • Approved by board for location at MSGA and MMS
  • Magnet coordinator to assist with Grades 3-8
  • Board approval of Grades 7-8 Magnet continuation: Dec. 2005
  • Board approval to locate 7-8 Magnet at MMS: Dec. 2006
  • Implemented (Gr 7-8 STEM): 2007-2008
  • Board approval of Magnet Coordinator
Timeline
  • Implement Grade 6, Fall 2006
  • Implement Grade 7, Fall 2007
  • Implement Grade 8, Fall 2008

expand Hickory Hills Renovation

Project: Hickory Hills Renovation
Purpose To accommodate growth and Choice Arts Academy through additional instructional units funded through SPLOST II. To provide school with needed capital improvements.
Status
  • New Construction: Plan out for Bids
  • Renovation plan: Scheduled completion, Spring 2008
Timeline
  • New Construction: Plan out for Bids, Jan. 2008
  • Renovation plan: Completed and out for Bid, Mar. 2008

expand IB MYP Program (6-10)

Project: IB MYP Program (6-10)
Purpose To promote appropriate instructional philosophy for middle years education, provides non-Magnet students with a viable choice for a rigorous program, increase pipeline for full IB Diploma 11/12, FL and PE part of program, brings a respected program to MCS middle schools to deter leaving MCS for those years.
Status
  • Implemented Grade 6, 2006-07
  • Initial presentation made to board, January 2006
  • Public Information Sessions, January-February 2006
  • Request to become an IB MYP Candidate school approved by IBO, May 2006
  • IBNA assigned consultant for one year August 2006
  • Plan for grades 7/8 on-going, January 2006-June 2007
  • Board approve budget, March 2007
  • Plan for grades 9/10 on-going January 2006-June 2008
  • Board approve budget March 2008
Timeline
  • Budget & Program approval recommended, February 2006
  • Implement Grade 6, Fall 2006
  • Plan for grades 7 and 8, July 2007
  • Implement grades 7 and 8, Fall 2007

expand Limited Choice, District-wide

Project: Limited Choice, District-wide
Purpose Investigate “limited choice” concept to pilot at AL Burruss, Hickory Hills, and West Side Elementary schools in 2007-08.
Status
  • Develop plan for “limited choice” pilot at schools that currently have capacity: A.L. Burruss, Hickory Hills, and West Side Elementary.
Timeline
  • Develop plan for “limited choice” pilot at schools that currently have capacity: A.L. Burruss, Hickory Hills, and West Side Elementary in 2007-08.
  • Complete Choice schools to follow in 2008-2009
  • Complete Choice application process, Oct. 2007-Jan. 2008

expand SACS CASI District Accreditation Quality Assurance Review (QAR) Visit

Project: SACS CASI District Accreditation Quality
Assurance Review (QAR) Visit
Purpose An external Quality Assurance Review Team visits the district at least once every five years to:
  • Determine compliance with Accreditation Standards for Quality Systems at the district and school levels;
  • Validate evidence of a commitment to continuous improvement at the district and school levels; and
  • Monitor and evaluate the district’s effectiveness in implementing methods that provide for quality assurance at the district and school levels.
Status
  • Marietta City Schools sent SACS CASI CEO a letter expressing an interest in pursuing District Accreditation July 5, 2005.
  • Marietta Board of Education approved the system’s participation in the SACS CASI District Accreditation process January 17, 2006.
  • Marietta City Schools received approval from the SACS CASI CEO confirming the system’s participation in the District Accreditation process January 31, 2006.
Timeline
  • Establish leadership team and seven subcommittees November - December, 2006.
  • Leadership team and subcommittees write first draft of the district’s Summary Document January – March, 2007.
  • Final copy of the district Summary Document to be completed by June 15, 2007.
  • School district transmits the final copy of the district’s Summary Document to the SACS CASI QAR by September 10, 2007.
  • QAR team visit October 7-10, 2007.
  • Site visit scheduled October 2007

expand Strategic Facilities Plan: Hickory Hills Elementary

Project: Strategic Facilities Plan: Hickory Hills Elementary
Purpose To address current under-enrollment at school and impact of city-wide redevelopment on other district schools.

Observation: Initial data and demographic information indicates marked shift in population and enrollment trends in and around the Hickory Hills area resulting from ongoing city-wide redevelopment. Impact on Hickory Hills enrollment unknown.

Next Steps: District Administration and Superintendent to research a choice/magnet arts program to be housed at Hickory Hills facility.

 

Status
  • School to remain open as a zoned school.
  • Current faculty/staff may begin to focus on elements of an arts integration theme.
  • District to determine current staffing requirements.
  • District to define scope of work and secure construction bids.
Timeline
  • Research/assessment phase: Jan-Aug 2007
    • Regional/out-of-state site visits
    • Professional conferences

  • Funding/grant research: Apr-Aug 2007
    • Program implementation

  • Concept/proposal presentation to BOE: Sept 2007
  • Program materials development: Sept-Oct 2007
  • Staffing/recruitment: Oct–Dec 2007
  • Implementation phase: proposed 2008-09 (if approved)

expand Strategic Facilities Plan, Hickory Hills Elementary Renovations

Project: Strategic Facilities Plan: Hickory Hills Elementary Renovations
Purpose Investigate renovations to Hickory Hills Elementary facility to begin Summer 2007.

Criteria: Renovations should be “universal” such that any additions to be done at a later date would not require any prior renovations to be redone. Renovations should allow for growth and needs of additional curricular and programmatic enhancements that may come from future choice/magnet program housed on the campus.

Status
  • Define scope of work and secure construction bids.
Timeline
  • Review scope of work: Est. April 2007
  • Approve construction bids: Est. May 2007

expand Strategic Planning

Project: Strategic Planning
Purpose Process to garner community input on variety of issues and set cohesive vision for the system with a coordinated approach.
Status
  • Board approved Strategic Plan Dec. 19, 2006
Timeline

 

expand West Side Renovation

Project: West Side Renovation
Purpose To accommodate student growth through additional instructional units funded through SPLOST II. To provide school with needed capital improvements.
Status
  • New Construction: Scheduled completion Winter 2007
  • In process: Renovation
Timeline
  • All renovation should be complete by Jan. 2008