On July 31st, 2012 the people of Marietta voted to elect Brett to the Marietta City School Board in a special election to fulfill an unexpired term. On November 5th, 2013, we need to elect him again.

09 October 2013

Ward 1 Municipal Candidate Forum – 10/12/13 @ 2 PM

Click this image for a .pdf of the flyer provided by organizers

On Saturday at 2 PM, The Loop Group, a neighborhood group within Ward 1, will host a candidate forum for Ward 1 candidates for Marietta City Council and Marietta City School Board.

The forum will take place at 358 Roswell St., Suite 2180, the old Coke Building located at the corner of Roswell Street and Lakewood Drive.  Suite 2180 is accessed through the parking lot in the back of the building.

Mayoral candidates will have an opportunity to address attendees at the beginning of the forum for five minutes each. They will be followed by candidates vying to represent us on City Council in a format that allows for a 3 minute opening statement, 5 “Equal Time Q&A” questions, and a 3 minute closing statement. The format used for City Council will be replicated for School Board candidates.

The space is available for three hours, so there should be time at the end of the program for audience Q&A and also time for the candidates to shake hands and meet the attendees.

Our campaign will have printed materials and yard signs available for pick up.

If you can make it, please let us know at our Facebook event.

We look forward to seeing you there!

24 September 2013

Compensation Re-Design

Associate Superintendent Dr. Dayton Hibbs presents the proposed compensation re-design plan to faculty at Sawyer Road Elementary. Click the image to view the presentation in PDF format.

As we visit Mariettans going door to door, one of the most popular topics is the widely-reported framework of potential changes to our staff compensation model, as the Marietta Daily Journal reported here and here.

Last year, the board engaged Education Resource Strategies to research Marietta City Schools and our “resources” to find ways to best allocate those resources, our people, time, and money. This was funded by a grant to the state of Georgia with leftover Race to the Top funding, and nearby Fulton County Schools engaged ERS for a similar study.

At the beginning of September, our “First Friday” work session on September 6th included a presentation of ERS’s findings, as well as some direction in how to best utilize our resources to meet our strategic goals for the school district. The findings of that study included a re-design of our compensation model going forward with some suggestions to make compensation fair and equitable to our current teachers, while providing a sustainable model to best prepare our students for the days after their graduation.

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22 September 2013

Marietta Reads! 2013 Kickoff

Come celebrate the kickoff of the 11th year of our citywide literacy program

Marietta Reads!, the Marietta City Schools citywide effort to foster reading and literacy in the community, celebrates its eleventh-year anniversary on Saturday in Glover Park on Marietta Square from 10 AM to 2 PM. The annual event offers a variety of literacy activities— a book fair, book costume characters, celebrity readers— and family-friendly entertainment including MCS school drama, dance and chorus performances, plus guest appearances by Marietta Reads! mascot Mari-Etta.

Did you know that you can not only donate to the program, but you can ensure that every classroom at a Marietta City School gets a copy of this year’s book? You can also contribute to give a class set of books.

Become a supporter today!

09 September 2013

Marietta Dedicates The New Performing Arts Center At MHS

Click the image to view photos from the dedication on the Bittner for Marietta Facebook page.

On Saturday, Mariettans came together to officially open the new fine arts wing at Marietta High School, which includes a beautiful auditorium, new classrooms designed with the fine arts in mind, and rehearsal and studio space for our artistic performers. The evening concluded with a wonderful performance from the Georgia Symphony Orchestra.

Just prior to the first note, the symphony announced the beginning of an arts residency partnership with Marietta High School in 2014. This is a fantastic opportunity for Marietta and our students.

29 August 2013

Qualifying Concludes

School Board Member Brett Bittner fills out qualifying paperwork for his re-election campaign

This week, the Marietta City Clerk’s office has been busy. Qualifying for municipal office, whether mayoral, city council, or school board, took place Monday through Wednesday.

Find out who is seeking to represent you on the school board, City Council, and as the Mayor of Marietta.