Wednesday, June 6, 2012
A man called from an Atlanta pay phone around 11 a.m. Tuesday threatening to bomb the Cherokee County courthouse. Another call was made to Cobb County dispatch. Nothing was found.
The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office released 911 calls received Tuesday by Atlanta 911 and Cobb County 911 related to the bomb threats against the Cherokee County Courthouse. According to a press release, investigators believe different individuals made the calls. There is also video of a gas station parking lot at 1501 Roswell Road in Cobb County where a second bomb threat was called in from a payphone. Investigators believe the suspect that made the call from Cobb County is possibly driving the silver Cadillac Deville seen in the video. Anyone with any information about the calls or the Cadillac is urged to contact Cherokee Sheriff’s Office detectives at 770-928-0239.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
"They clearly have political reasons for wanting to do this," Mark A. Elgart, the president and CEO of AdvancEd, writes of the Cherokee County Legislation Delegation in a new email to Cherokee Board of Education Chairman Mike Chapman.
As a controversial redistricting bill made its way from the House to the governor's desk, the head of the international registry for accreditation expressed concerns with the governance model proposed in House Bill 978. "The election of the Board chair by registered voters in Cherokee County is highly irregular," Mark A. Elgart, the president and CEO of AdvancED, wrote in a Feb. 27 letter to current Cherokee Board of Education Chairman Mike Chapman. "Normally the Board chair is elected by members of the Board. "If the decision is incorrect the school system and Board would have no recourse. The school system’s ability to function could be significantly impacted including its capacity to meet accreditation requirements." The Cherokee County…
Friday, March 30, 2012
House Bill 978, the controversial redistricting bill, was sent to Gov. Nathan Deal late Thursday.
On the last day of the legislative session, a controversial redistricting bill that would change the way voters elect the school board was sent to Gov. Nathan Deal. Earlier this week, Cherokee County Board of Education Chairman Mike Chapman urged Deal to veto the measure, known as House Bill 978. Today, he issued this statement in which he renewed his call for a veto. The Cherokee County Legislative Delegation, through its abandonment of House Bill 1223 and slipping of House Bill 978 onto the Governor’s desk on the last day of the session, has duped the public and ignored their wishes. It’s my hope the Governor follows the request I sent to him, as School Board Chairman and on behalf of the School Board, asking that he veto HB 978. There’s…
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The last day of the legislative session is Thursday.
On the eve of the last day of the legislative session, Cherokee County Board of Education Chairman Mike Chapman again urged Gov. Nathan Deal to veto the original version of a controversial redistricting bill that would change the way voters elect the school board. "This bill is clearly an effort by the Cherokee County Legislative Delegation to restructure the governance model of the school Board and reapportion its posts for political reasons," he said in the letter, his third appeal to Deal. Despite fading support and a warning from the agency that accredits schools and colleges, the Georgia Senate on Feb. 28 passed House Bill 978, which has become a flashpoint in the fight for local control of the Cherokee school board. The vote was 47-0…
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
The vote was 127-31.
A revised redistricting bill that would push out the current school board chair and vice chair passed the Georgia House of Representatives on Monday. House Bill 1223, co-sponsored by Reps. Mark Hamilton (R-Cumming), Calvin Hill (R-Canton), Sean Jerguson (R-Holly Springs) and Charlice Byrd (R-Woodstock), passed 127-31, according to the website of the Georgia General Assembly. Attempts to reach the sponsors, all of whom are members of the Cherokee County Legislative Delegation, have been unsuccessful. After support for an earlier version of the bill faded, the delegation agreed to retool the measure. The tweaked bill elicited the same reaction as the original version. Cherokee Board of Education Chairman Mike Chapman last week asked Gov. …
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Changes to a redistricting plan are "laughable," according to one citizens group.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
The Cherokee County School District isn't the only entity to express its displeasure with a revised redistricting bill. Cherokee Citizens for Kids has penned a new letter, the contents of which are below. Our local delegation (Representatives Byrd, Hamilton, Hill and Jerguson) have drafted new legislation, HB1223, which replaces HB978; however the new legislation is hardly an improvement over the first. Our delegation has made it clear that they will take any steps necessary to remove duly elected School Board members from office who did not vote on issues the way the delegation dictated. The new School Board map drawn by our delegation is laughable and a slap in the face to our community. For example, two posts are split by Lake …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
"This move by the Delegation is widely perceived as a vendetta and reflects their disregard for the welfare of our School District by removing two of the School District’s most veteran School Board members."
The fight for local control of the Cherokee school board continues. School board chairman Mike Chapman wrote to Gov. Nathan Deal asking him to veto House Bill 1223, the revised version of HB 978. He said the bill is an effort by Cherokee County's legislators to reapportion the school boards posts for political reasons. If HB 1223 passes, then Chapman, along with board member Janet Read, will automatically lose their seats because of the redrawn maps. Chapman's letter to the governor is attached. The Cherokee County School District released the following statement this afternoon in regards to the HB 1223: On behalf of the Superintendent, to say we are surprised that the Cherokee County Legislative Delegation is unrelenting in its efforts …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
"You personally may be unaware of this perception problem, as you neither live in Cherokee County nor have children in CCSD schools; but that perception is very strong," said the Cherokee County School District.
Today, the Cherokee County School District released a statement after Rep. Mark Hamilton (R-Cumming) told the Cherokee Tribune Wednesday afternoon that he plans to make some changes to House Bill 978 that passed in the Senate Tuesday. Hamilton said he plans to substitute a redistricting map that maintains seven posts with no countywide chair. The following is the statement from the school district sent at 11:45 a.m. to Atlanta metro media outlets: Rep. Hamilton, On behalf of the Superintendent, although we have not yet received direct correspondence from you on this matter, local media last night supplied us with a copy of your attached letter announcing your plan to leave the governance model for the Cherokee County School Board as a …
The process will begin Monday when the House returns to session.
The lead author of a bill that has become a flashpoint in the fight for local control of the Cherokee school board is retooling the measure. Rep. Mark Hamilton (R-Cumming) told the Cherokee Tribune that he plans to substitute a redistricting map that maintains seven posts with no countywide chair. The statement to the Tribune was issued late Wednesday, hours after Cherokee Board of Education Chairman Mike Chapman's call for Gov. Nathan Deal to veto House Bill 978, which would change the way voters elect the board. Currently, school board members are elected countywide and the board appoints a chair and vice chair. If the governor signed HB 978 into law today, school board members would be elected from the respective posts where they live. …
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
House Bill 978, which will change the way Cherokee elects its school board, passed the Senate by a vote of 47-0 on Tuesday.
Cherokee County Board of Education Chairman Mike Chapman is calling on Gov. Nathan Deal to veto House Bill 978, which would change the way residents elect the school board and draw out Chapman and vice chair Janet Read from their districts. Despite fading support and a warning from the agency that accredits schools and colleges, the Georgia Senate on Tuesday passed the bill, which has become a flashpoint in the fight for local control of the Cherokee school board. According to the website of the Georgia General Assembly, the final vote was 47-0 for House Bill 978. The bill awaits Deal's signature. If he signs it into law, the school board chair will be elected county-wide and school board members will be elected from the posts where they …