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Creating Community Awards names first-ever recipients

Creating Community Awards names first-ever recipients

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cobb Community Relations Council is pleased to announce the recipients of the first Creating Community Awards.

This honor is given to a person, group or business that fosters local cooperation and demonstrates innovative ideas for connecting Cobb's many diverse communities.

Each county commissioner chose a winner from his or her district:

Cobb BOE to stream meetings online

Cobb BOE to stream meetings online

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cobb County Board of Education will now stream its meetings online.

The first meeting to be streamed live is the work session on Wednesday, Mar. 9. at 8:30 a.m.

Powered by the popular LiveStream media platform, the online broadcast provides a new way for constituents to stay informed about public education in Cobb County from anywhere that Internet access is available.

The streaming video is free to watch; it is supported by short, content-monitored advertisements.

In addition to watching the stream on the Cobb County School District's website, residents can also watch the board's meetings on COBB edTV (Comcast channel 24) or Smyrna Charter channel 97.

Great American Cleanup, Cobb Clean Sweep Coming in March

Great American Cleanup, Cobb Clean Sweep Coming in March

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Cobb County residents and students have a chance to be part of the biggest beautification and litter prevention effort ever.

The Great American Cleanup, which begins Tuesday, Mar. 1, is an annual nationwide community improvement campaign started in 1999 by Keep America Beautiful.

In 2009, Great American Cleanup volunteers donated more than 5.2 million hours of their time to clean, beautify and improve 32,000 communities in all 50 states and beyond.

Cobb County will kick off its leg of the Great American Cleanup with Clean Sweep Cobb, a series of service projects to be performed across the county on Saturday, Mar. 5.

Cobb Board of Education May Change School Year Calendars

Cobb Board of Education May Change School Year Calendars

COBB COUNTY, GA -- The Cobb County Board of Education will consider changing the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school year calendars at its Thursday, Feb. 17 meeting.

The currently approved 2011-2012 calendar has Monday, Aug. 1 as the first day of school. The final day of classes will be Friday, May 25, 2012.

There are two other proposed calendars on the table:

* Monday, Aug. 15, 2011 - Friday, May 25, 2012
Week off: Monday, Nov. 21 - Friday, Nov. 25
Two weeks off: Monday, Dec. 26 - Friday, Jan. 6
Week off: Monday, Apr. 2 - Friday, Apr. 6

* Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011 - Friday, May 25, 2012
In this case, students would only get Wednesday, Nov.

Two Cobb Schools Place in Regional Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl

Two Cobb Schools Place in Regional Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl

MARIETTA, GA -- On Saturday, Feb. 5, six Cobb County schools competed in the regional Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton:

* Casa Montessori, Marietta
* Austell Intermediate, Powder Springs
* Awtrey Middle, Kennesaw
* Campbell Middle, Smyrna
* Sprayberry High, Marietta
* McEachern High, Powder Springs

Overall, Sprayberry placed first at the high school level, and Austell Intermediate came in second place at the elementary school level.

Both teams will now advance to the Division 1 competition on Saturday, Feb. 26 at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Morrow.

The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl is named for a now-retired DeKalb County Schools librarian who encouraged her students to read by creating a competition based on books that were nominated for the Georgia Children's Book Award. Her idea spread throughout Georgia and officially became a statewide event in 2003.

Site Proposed for New Smyrna Elementary School

Site Proposed for New Smyrna Elementary School

SMYRNA, GA -- The Cobb County School District has announced a proposed site for a new Smyrna elementary school that would become a central piece of the redevelopment of the former Belmont Hills shopping center.

The property is located between Ward Street and Atlanta Road, immediately north and east of Campbell High School and less than one mile from Smyrna's Village Green.

The 18-acre site is a convenient location for the new school. It was approved by voters in 2008 as part of the school capital projects program funded by SPLOST.

If built, the new school will open in the fall of 2013.

"This is an excellent proposal that would seem to serve the entire community well," said Tim Stultz, who represents Smyrna on the Cobb County Board of Education. "I am looking forward to opening a new state-of-the-art school that will fit perfectly with the eventual redevelopment of the area.

26 Cobb Schools Recognized as Title I Distinguished Schools

26 Cobb Schools Recognized as Title I Distinguished Schools

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Twenty-six Cobb County schools are among the 868 Georgia Title I Distinguished Schools recognized by the Georgia Department of Education during its January meeting.

The program is designed to honor high-performing Title I schools that receive additional federal funding and services to support economically disadvantaged students.

To earn the distinction, a school must make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for three consecutive school years.