Cobb County School District

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Cobb County School District
Cobb County School District.svg
Address
514 Glover Avenue Southeast
Marietta, Georgia 30060-2750
United States
Coordinates 33°56′19″N 84°32′16″W / 33.938658°N 84.537803°W / 33.938658; -84.537803Coordinates: 33°56′19″N 84°32′16″W / 33.938658°N 84.537803°W / 33.938658; -84.537803[1]
Information
Motto "A Community With A Passion For Learning"
Superintendent Chris Ragsdale
Faculty 13, 371[2]
Grades Pre-school12
Enrollment 111, 751 [2]
Accreditations Southern Association of Colleges and Schools,
Georgia Accrediting Commission
Telephone (770) 426-3300
Website

The Cobb County School District is the county government agency which operates public schools in Cobb County, Georgia, United States. The school district includes all of Cobb County except for the Marietta City Schools. It is the second-largest school system in Georgia (behind only Gwinnett County Public Schools) and among the largest in the United States, with a 2014 enrollment of 111,751. It has 13,371 employees, 7,103 of whom are teachers. The district is the county’s largest employer[3] and one of the largest in the US (at least in school systems). All Cobb County schools are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and the district is among the first to have earned district-wide accreditation.[4]

Board of education[edit]

As a body created under provisions of the Georgia's constitution, the Cobb County Board of Education has full authority to control and manage the public schools within the county, excluding any independent school system now in existence within the county.

As of January 2017, the board members of the Cobb County Board of Education of the Cobb County School District are as follows:[5]

  • Randy Scamihorn (Post 1)
  • Susan Thayer (Post 2)
  • David Morgan (Post 3)
  • David Chastain (Post 4 and Chairman)
  • David Banks (Post 5)
  • Scott Sweeney (Post 6 and Vice Chairman)
  • Brad Wheeler (Post 7)

The Board manages a FY2017 General Fund Operating Budget of $986 million.[6]

Schools[edit]

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Acworth Elementary School (grades 2–5)
  • Addison Elementary School
  • Argyle Elementary School
  • Austell Elementary School
  • Austell Intermediate Elementary School (grades 2–5)
  • Austell Primary Elementary School (grades K–1)
  • George Stephen Baker Elementary School
  • Bells Ferry Elementary School
  • Belmont Hills Elementary School
  • Big Shanty Elementary School
  • Big Shanty Intermediate School
  • Birney Elementary School
  • Blackwell Elementary School
  • Brown Elementary School
  • Brumby Elementary School
  • Brumby Intermediate School
  • Brumby Primary School
  • Bryant Elementary School (grades 3–5)
  • Bryant Primary Elementary School (grades K–2)
  • Bullard Elementary School
  • Chalker Elementary School
  • Cheatham Hill Elementary School
  • Clarkdale Elementary School
  • Clay Elementary School
  • Compton Elementary School
  • Cooper Elementary School
  • Davis Elementary School
  • Dowell Elementary School
  • Due West Elementary School
  • East Side Elementary School
  • Eastvalley Elementary School
  • Fair Oaks Elementary School
  • Firzhugh Lee Elementary School
  • Ford Elementary School
  • Frey Elementary School
  • Frey Intermediate School
  • Frey Primary School
  • Garrison Mill Elementary School
  • Green Acres Elementary School
  • Harmony Leland Elementary School
  • Hayes Elementary School
  • Hayes Intermediate Elementary School
  • Hayes Primary Elementary School
  • Hollydale Elementary School
  • Keheley Elementary School
  • Kemp Elementary School
  • Kennesaw Elementary School
  • Kennesaw Intermediate School
  • Kennesaw Primary School
  • Kincaid Elementary School
  • King Springs Elementary School
  • King Springs Primary School
  • Lewis Elementary School
  • Mableton Elementary School
  • Mcall Primary School
  • Milford Elementary School
  • Mount Bethel Elementary School
  • Mountain View Elementary School
  • Murdock Elementary School
  • Nicholson Elementary School
  • Nickajack Elementary School
  • Norton Park Elementary School
  • Pickett's Mill Elementary School
  • Pitner Elementary School
  • Powder Springs Elementary School
  • Riverside Elementary School
  • Riverside Intermediate School (grades 4–5)
  • Riverside Primary School (grades K–3)
  • Rocky Mount Elementary School
  • Russell Elementary School
  • Sanders Elementary School
  • Sanders Intermediate School
  • Sanders Primary School
  • Sedalia Park Elementary
  • Shallowford Falls Elementary School
  • Sky View Elementary School
  • Sope Creek Elementary School
  • Still Elementary School
  • Teasley Elementary School
  • Teasley Primary School
  • Timber Ridge Elementary School
  • Tritt Elementary School
  • Varner Elementary School
  • Vaughan Elementary School

Middle schools[edit]

  • Awtrey Middle School
  • Barber Middle School
  • Campbell Middle School
  • Cooper Middle School
  • Daniell Middle School
  • Dickerson Middle School
  • Dodgen Middle School
  • Durham Middle School
  • East Cobb Middle School
  • Floyd Middle School
  • Garrett Middle School
  • Griffin Middle School
  • Hightower Trail Middle School
  • Lindley Middle School (grade 6)
  • Lindley Middle School (grades 7 and 8)
  • Lost Mountain Middle School
  • Lovinggood Middle School
  • Mabry Middle School
  • McCleskey Middle School
  • McClure Middle School
  • Judith Palmer Middle School
  • Pine Mountain Middle School
  • Simpson Middle School
  • William O. Smith Middle School
  • Smitha Middle School
  • Tapp Middle School

High schools[edit]

The district administers these 16 public high schools:[7]

Sprayberry was originally at what is now the Walker School.

Special needs schools and other programs[edit]

Cobb County School District is served by H.A.V.E.N. Academy, part of the Georgia Network of Educational and Therapeutic Support. In addition to supporting satellite classes at several district schools, H.A.V.E.N. has two dedicated facilities.

  • Adult Education Center
    • Paulding
    • Cobb
  • Central Alternative School
  • Cobb Virtual Academy
  • Corporate Classroom
  • Deveraux
  • E-High School
  • Evenstart
  • HAVEN Program
    • HAVEN
    • HAVEN Academy
    • HAVEN Academy at Sky View
    • Hawthorne Center - Middle school and high school students with ADD/ADHD and other behaviorally challenged students attend Hawthorne School. Other attendees include juvenile delinquents who exhibit behavioral problems other than ADD/ADHD. The school provides a small class size and structure.[8]
    • Fitzhugh Lee Center - an elementary school for those with ADD/ADHD and other learning and behavioral disabilities
  • Headstart/Pre-K
  • Home Study Program
  • Homeless Education Program
  • Intensive English Program
  • International Welcome Center
    • Center 1
    • Center 2
  • Oakwood Digital Academy
  • Oakwood Open Campus High School
  • Ombudsman
  • Performance Learning Center
  • Pre-K
  • Rose Garden
  • Success For All Students
  • Title 1
  • TLC
  • Transitional Learning Center

Charter schools[edit]

  • Imagine School of Mabelton
  • Imagine Schools Inc.
  • International Academy of Mabelton
  • International Academy of Smyrna
  • Kennesaw Charter School
  • Sedalia Park Elementary School
  • Walton High School

Former schools[edit]

The original Clarkdale Elementary School was a Cobb County school that opened in the 1960s and closed on September 21, 2009, due to the massive flooding in Georgia that day, which submerged the school to the ceiling in the waters of nearby Noses Creek. Despite being built outside the 100-year flood plain, water rose ankle-deep on the grounds as the children were being evacuated.

The school housed about 450 students. For three school years, these students attended Compton Elementary (K-2) and Austell Intermediate (3-5). The new Clarkdale Elementary opened in mid-August 2012 near Cooper Middle School (although the Federal Emergency Management Agency declared the original site acceptable[9]), while the previous building awaited demolition, a delay which the local neighborhood complained about.

State funding (a bond for 20% of the cost of replacement) was vetoed by Governor Sonny Perdue on procedural grounds in early June 2010.[10] Most of the remainder will be covered by insurance and leftover SPLOST funds.[11]

At least one other school has been demolished. The original Blackwell Elementary School in the Blackwells community was built in the 1920s on Canton Road (old Georgia 5), as the county's first consolidated school. The historic schoolhouse, and all of its later additions, were destroyed in summer 1997 and closed for a year while a new replacement was built on the same site, in an institutional style much like the plain architecture of an office park rather than a historic school.

Controversies[edit]

Balanced calendar[edit]

In 2010, the Cobb County Board of Education approved a balanced school-year calendar for 2010–2013. This calendar would begin the school year during the first week of August and end in the last week of May. After conducting an online survey in which 77% supported the balanced calendar and 15% preferred the traditional calendar, the Board of Education voted 4–3 to use the traditional calendar.[12]

Power to Learn laptop initiative[edit]

In 2005, the district implemented a technology initiative called Power to Learn, which supplies individual laptop computers to students for use in the classroom. The initiative was to be initially funded by a portion of the special-purpose local-option sales tax (SPLOST) funds approved by Cobb voters in the 2003 referendum and earmarked for technology improvements. The first of three proposed phases of the initiative was approved by the Board of Education in April 2005, authorizing purchase of Apple laptops for all teachers, upgrades of middle school business labs, and the establishment of four high school pilot sites to test and evaluate individual student laptop use.

Former county commissioner Joseph "Butch" Thompson filed a lawsuit against the Board of Education on May 31, 2005. The lawsuit charged that Cobb voters did not specifically authorize the program in the 2003 SPLOST vote. On July 29, 2005, Superior Court Judge S. Lark Ingram mandated the Board of Education to use technology funds as specified in SPLOST II and ordered a permanent injunction to halt the Power to Learn initiative. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution quoted Ingram, "The ruling had nothing to do with the merits of the program. But fair notice of such use was not given to the public when the referendum for [the sales tax] was held." Board chair Kathleen Johnstone announced on August 1 that the laptop program "was no longer an option." The board voted on August 25, 2005, to appeal the ruling, which was thrown out by the Georgia Supreme Court.

Superintendent Redden's resignation[edit]

The Board of Education hired New York-based auditing firm Kessler International in July 2005 to investigate the bidding process for the initiative, amid allegations that the bidding process which selected Apple Computer as supplier for the initiative had violated state law. The board received the Kessler report on August 14, 2005. The report indicated flaws in the selection process that were not in line with state procurement policies. Superintendent Gen. Joseph Redden offered a page-by-page rebuttal of the audit report to the board on August 17, 2005. Redden announced his resignation on August 24, 2005.

Grand jury investigation[edit]

Upon the request of the Board of Education, Cobb District Attorney Pat Head was granted an order on October 6, 2005 to empanel a special grand jury to investigate the bidding process. On April 19, 2007, the 25-member grand jury released its report and suggested no criminal charges be filed. The report was critical of the school district's procurement processes, and suggested that the district provide greater definition and clarity to its purchasing procedures. The release of the grand jury report concluded the laptop initiative saga. The school district began refreshing outdated computer systems throughout the county in early 2007, precisely as outlined in SPLOST II.

Selman v. Cobb County School District[edit]

In 2005, Cobb County School District voted to put stickers on textbooks with a message including the admonition cautioning students that "evolution is only a theory." Plaintiffs brought suit on separation of church and state grounds, with the initial trial finding for the plaintiffs. Cobb County School District appealed and the verdict was overturned and remanded for a new trial, at which time plaintiffs and Cobb County School District reached an out-of-court settlement, with the district agreeing to remove the stickers.

Teacher's sexual contact with student[edit]

A Cobb County teacher was discovered to have had sex with a 17-year-old student. When brought to trial, the teacher pled that the student had consented. This defense was allowed by the Superior Court judge and upheld by the Georgia Supreme Court in 2009. This led the Georgia legislature to pass a statute in 2010 making it a crime for a teacher to have sexual relations with a student.[13]

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