Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo is questioning the accuracy of numbers State Rep. Calvin Hill provided to the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce's board of directors.
Cherokee Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo has raised concerns about numbers distributed by State Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Hickory Flat) that say the state has increased funding to education. In a memo, Petruzielo contradicts the report Hill distributed to the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors that no reductions to Quality Basic Education funding, or QBE, were made for Georgia's fiscal year 2014 budget. Petruzielo writes in his memo that the Cherokee County School District recently learned it will have to once again swallow $24.8 million in austerity cuts for the 2013-14 school year. He also notes the county's equalization grant, which totals $500,000 has been eliminated. The superintendent goes on to say …
Monday, April 15, 2013
State Rep. Calvin Hill made the claim during two town hall meetings held in Cherokee County over the weekend.
More money will be set aside for education funding in the state's fiscal year 2014 budget, according to one Cherokee County state legislator. State Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Hickory Flat) said on Saturday that with state revenues growing by 3 percent, over $289 million in "new funds" have been assigned to education funding in the upcoming budget. Hill made the assertion in two town hall meetings he held with State Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta). Both men met with residents at the Hickory Flat Public Library and Ball Ground City Hall. Hill stated House Bill 106 gave $146.5 million to fully fund Quality Basic Education, or QBE, growth from 1.4 percent for over 23,000 students. He also said the state increased equalization grants by $38.3 …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
State Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Hickory Flat) is sponsoring House Bill 394, which would allow state lawmakers to carry firearms on government property.
A Cherokee County state lawmaker wants his colleagues to be able to carry firearms onto government property, a certain privilege other government employees are already allowed to do. State Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Hickory Flat) has introduced legislation that would allow members of the Georgia General Assembly to carry firearms on government property. House Bill 394 would allow state lawmakers with a valid Georgia carry permit to take their firearms in government buildings and government property. Tell us, Woodstock and Towne Lake: what do you think of the legislation put forth by Rep. Calvin Hill? The law would apply to current and former lawmakers, but specifies that no lawmaker would be allowed to carry firearms into the chambers of the …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Rep. Calvin Hill and Sen. Brandon Beach will hold a town hall meeting in March for Cherokee County residents.
Both State Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Hickory Flat) and State Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) will host a town hall meeting in two locations in March. Both legislators will meet with Cherokee County residents at 9 a.m. Saturday March 2 at the Hickory Flat Public Library and at 10:30 a.m. at Ball Ground City Hall. Ball Ground City Hall is located at 215 Valley Street. The legislators will discuss the 2013 legislative session and take comments and questions from residents.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The delegation on Monday shared with residents what bills they are supporting or introducing during the 2013 legislative session.
Cherokee County's legislative delegation on Monday was greeted with about 50 residents who filed into the Cherokee County Historic Courthouse in downtown Canton to hear what pieces of legislation they plan to champion. Lawmakers during the session, which is already halfway over, shared with the audience which bills they've endorsed, sponsored or introduced. The forum was hosted by the Cherokee County Republican Party. State Senator John Albers (R-Roswell) was not able to attend the forum. State Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Hickory Flat) State Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville) State Rep. Mandi Ballinger (R-Canton) State Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) State Rep. Michael Caldwell (R-Woodstock) State Rep. John Carson (R-Marietta) State Rep. …
Monday, February 18, 2013
The Cherokee County Republican Party will hold a forum in which lawmakers will discuss the 2013 Georgia legislative session.
Friday, February 15, 2013
The Cherokee County Republican Party will host a forum Monday in Canton where lawmakers will discuss the 2013 legislative session.
Cherokee County's legislators in the Georgia General Assembly will gather Monday evening to discuss their bills and their vision for 2013 in a forum hosted by the Cherokee County Republican Party. The forum will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Cherokee County Historic Courthouse at 100 North Street in downtown Canton. The forum will be held in the second floor courtroom. Members of the delegation who are slated to participate include State Senators Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) and Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville); State Representatives Michael Caldwell (R-Woodstock), Calvin Hill (R-Hickory Flat), John Carson (R-Marietta), Mandi Ballinger (R-Canton) and Scot Turner (R-Holly Springs). Legislators will discuss the bills they are backing and also …
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Cherokee State Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Hickory Flat) has released his committee assignments for the 2013 legislative session.
Sunday, January 20
The Committee on Assignments announced House committee assignments for the Georgia General Assembly 2013-2014 term. State Representative Calvin Hill (R-Hickory Flat) was tapped to chair of the newly re-organized Code Revision Committee. "I’m honored that Speaker (David) Ralston and the Committee on Assignments has appointed me to chair the Code Revision Committee as I have always been more interested in reducing the number of laws on the books rather than try to create more, something that I believe most Georgians would agree with," Hill said. "This is an ideal position for me and I will be working closely with the Speaker and his staff to accomplish this goal of reducing the size of state government." Additionally, Hill was appointed …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
After AdvancEd's president's letter to a BOE chairman, Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Canton) expressed concerns to the school board about not being aware of the presented issues.
Emails were exchanged between Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Canton) and Barbara Jacoby, spokeswoman for the Cherokee County School District, after Mark A. Elgart, president and CEO of AdvancEd, sent a letter to Cherokee BOE Chairman Mike Chapman Monday afternoon. Hill said the following in a response email just 34 minutes after Elgart's letter sent from the district, "As this process has be ongoing for several month, it is unfortunate that no one had shared any of these concerns with me – or to my knowledge – any of the other delegation members. I know that I would never knowingly do anything that would reflect negatively on the District’s accreditation and I do not believe any of the other members would do so either. This is where communication is …