Cobb County School District Superintendent Chris Ragsdale grabbed a pencil and sat down at a desk at Compton Elementary School to join the young students doing a writing exercise on the first day of school July 31.
From meeting students at Lost Mountain Middle School as they stepped of the bus to dropping in on a weightlifting class at McEachern High School, Superintendent Ragsdale helped school staff welcome the students back to school.
This year, teachers are using a new data-driven program, Cobb Teaching and Learning System, to increase student success.
“Having data at their fingertips, that’s what makes it real today,” explained Superintendent Ragsdale. “Teachers have to know where every single student is in their class in order to meet them where they are and get them to where they need to be.”
Students gave him fist bumps and high fives as he toured the different schools.
“Excitement is up,” Superintendent Ragsdale said. “It is a tremendous first day. Preseason is over. The game starts today, and our team is ready.”