Board Recognitions – September 14, 2017

Note: The following photos were taken at the Cobb County School Board Meeting on September 14, 2017. Chief of Staff Dr. Kevin Daniel presented these students and staff to the board for special recognition. Excerpts from the recognition announcements are included with the photos below.

Class AAAAAAA Girls Tennis State Champions — Walton High School 

The Walton High School Girls Tennis team captured their fifth consecutive state championship! It’s the Lady Raiders’ fifteenth state title in less than two decades.

The Board recognized the Class AAAAAAA Girls Tennis Champions along with head coach Anthony Foti and Principal Judy McNeill.

 

Class AAAAAA Girls Soccer Champions — Harrison High School NOT PICTURED

The Harrison High School Girls Soccer Team won their third state championship title! The Lady Hoyas won the Class AAAAAA state title by defeating the Johns Creek Lady Gladiators (4-2) in penalty kicks.

Unfortunately, the Lady Hoyas were unable to join the Board to be recognized in person.

 

2017 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award — Procurement Services Department

The Board had the pleasure to recognize the District’s Business Services Department for receiving the 2017 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award for the 13th consecutive year.

The Cobb County School District is one of only 13 government agencies in Georgia and one of only 26 school districts nationwide to receive the award.

The following department members joined the Board for recognitions: Jill Vestal, senior executive director Business Services; David Odom, director Procurement Services; Barbara Bates, assistant director; Gary Blount, purchasing agent; Chris McSpadden, purchasing agent; June Wolfenbarger, senior buyer; Daphne Bailey, senior buyer; and Debra Rae Hawkins, buyer.

 

Cobb County Public Safety Appreciation Week

The Cobb County School District is joining the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce in paying tribute to all public safety personnel during Public Safety Appreciation Week Oct 2-8.

The Appreciation Week gives the community the opportunity to ban together and show appreciation to all the hard-working public safety personnel. The Board and Superintendent Chris Ragsdale expressed their appreciation for the District’s own devoted public safety team during the September Board meeting. 

The following Cobb Schools public safety personnel were recognized for their commitment to the safety of CCSD students and staff: Chief Ron Storey, Captain Wayne Pickett, Lieutenant Mike Wilson, Sergeant Tom Arnold, Sergeant Mike Young; Officer Phil Bradford, Officer Bill Cardone, Officer Danny Hubbard, Officer Tim Jennings, and K-9 Officer Marshall Duling and Sadie.

 

Georgia Art Education Association Art Educators of the Year

The Georgia Art Education Association named three CCSD teachers Art Educators of the Year! The association selects the winners from applicants all over the state. So, it is very rare that all three winners would be from the same school district.

  • The Elementary Level Art Teacher of the Year, King Springs Elementary School teacher Merry Mullins, was joined by her principal Dr. Cindy Szwec; Jennifer Lawson, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning; and Laura LaQuagli, Supervisor, Learning Design and Visual Art.

 

  • The Middle Level Art Educator of the Year is Kerri Waller of Simpson Middle School. SSA Erika BeckJennifer Lawson, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, and Laura LaQuagli, Supervisor, Learning Design and Visual Arts, joined her. 

 

  • Georgia Art Education Association’s Secondary Art Educator of the Year is Kathleen Petka from Walton High School. Kathleen was also named the State-Fish Art Educator of the Year. The Board recognized Kathleen and Walton Principal Judy McNeill along with Jennifer Lawson, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, and Laura LaQuagli, Supervisor, Learning Design and Visual Arts.

 

Elementary Level Classified Employee of the Year — Matthew Brooks, Hendricks Elementary School

The Board had the honor of recognizing the Elementary Level Classified Employee of the Year. Paraprofessional Matthew Brooks of Hendricks Elementary School has a special way of connecting with people and sets a positive culture for his school.

Hendricks Principal Patrick O’Connell; Kahliah Rachel, Assistant Principal; and Joe Tackett, Physical Education Teacher, accompanied Brooks for the recognition.

 

Middle School Level Classified Employee of the Year — Geri Connaughton, Durham Middle School

The Board had the pleasure of congratulating Geri Connaughton on being named the Middle School Level Classified Employee of the Year. The Durham Middle School paraprofessional is referred to as the school’s MVP.

Geri Connaughton, accompanied by Dr. Patricia Alford, was recognized by the Board.

 

High School Level Classified Employee of the Year — Alice Brown, Lassiter High School

Despite all she does for Lassiter High School as a clerk, Alice Brown is still humble. For her exceptional work helping students and staff members, Alice was named the High School Level Classified Employee of the Year.

The Board congratulated Brown, who was joined by Lassiter Principal, Dr. Chris Richie, and Dr. Angela Bare, assistant principal.

 

Central Office Classified Employee of the Year — Diana Cothran, Accounting Department, Financial Services

The Central Office Classified Employee of the Year is Diana Cothran. Diana is always eager to help staff members with their accounting needs.

A large fan club joined Diana at the Board meeting. The accounting services members include Jan Hendrix; director accounting services; Colette Turner, accounting manager; Peggy McClure-Greenough, procurement card specialist; Beth Atkinson, grants accountant; Lisa Meslo, food services accounting coordinator; and Diane Kalb.