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Remaley and another parent, Llilian Herrera, spoke to Cobb school board members at their Oct. 24 meeting about the need for more space. Herrera, who said she has a freshman enrolled in the magnet program, said additional space will allow teachers to provide the training students need to obtain coveted spots in competitive programs across the country. She also said a standalone building would accommodate growth and expansion of the program.
Remaley, who has two children enrolled in the magnet program, said it needs to expand its offerings to match the increased demand of Georgia’s growing film industry. A new building will allow the magnet program to offer study in areas such as commercial music, instrumental music, visual and graphic arts and film and television production.
Remaley said she and other parents would like the school district to build a new high school just for the magnet program or repurpose an existing building in the county. She also said she would support a temporary relocation of the program until a new facility is in the works.
“It’s really about getting the expanded content areas so that the students we have who want to go straight into the industry are prepared,” she said.
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The Cobb County School District’s current Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax program, which is projected to bring in $797 million over the next five years, went into effect this year and would fund a classroom addition, gym and 750-seat theater at Pebblebrook.
“Based on the way district funding works, there are no viable, short-term options for a standalone facility while district staff continues to review if long-term, Ed-SPLOST funded options are even a possibility,” a Cobb school district spokeswoman said.
Cobb school board member David Morgan said he’s been in touch with parents who have asked for a new building. Morgan said he would support a relocation if it’s something the school district can do within its current budget
“I just want to make sure everything works in a way that keeps us where we need to be financially as a school district,” he said.
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