But board members Charisse Davis, Jaha Howard and Leroy “Tre” Hutchins said they could not support paying for an events center when the district has more pressing needs such as improving infrastructure at existing schools. Davis also said nearly all the feedback the district received questioned the need for the events center.
Hutchins, who said his children attend schools where the roofs occasionally leak, said the district should use E-SPLOST revenue to take care of “bare necessities” and purchase more laptops for students.
The school board voted 6-1 to approve the project list, with board member David Banks opposing.
Projects on the Cobb County School District’s list include rebuilding of some parts of Sprayberry High School, improvements and modifications at North Cobb high and Bells Ferry Elementary schools, a new elementary school in south Cobb, building the district’s second career academy in the north Cobb area, upgrades at Tapp Middle School; new annexes at Kincaid, Mt. Bethel, Murdock, Sope Creek and Tritt elementary schools, as well as athletic and stadium facility upgrades.
Marietta City Schools wants voters to approve the tax to pay for renovations or additions at Marietta Center for Advanced Academics, Hickory Hills Elementary, West Side Elementary, Sawyer Road Elementary and Marietta High schools. The list also calls for athletic improvements at Northcutt Stadium, upgrading district technology and making various improvements and modifications at all district schools and facilities.
Marietta school board members unanimously approved the system’s project list.