On Thursday, April 18th, the 9th District PTA surprised the Cobb County School District and Superintendent Chris Ragsdale with a “Lifetime Achievement Award.”
The surprise award recognized the Cobb County School District Superintendent for his tenure of service and the important contributions he’s made to education and the Cobb community. The 9th District recognized the broad impact Superintendent Ragsdale has made on over 500,000 students in the Atlanta-metro area since first being named Interim Superintendent in 2014.
“I’m proud to receive an award that’s really not about me, it’s about the students, parents, staff, and Board who make this District what it is,” said the surprised Superintendent after receiving the award. “Cobb is the best place to teach, lead, and learn in the state of Georgia, which helps make it one of the of the best places to live in the entire country.”
The surprise announcement was made during the District 9 Spring Conference, where PTA representatives from across the District and surrounding districts had gathered to honor Superintendent Ragsdale and to elect new officers. The 9th District PTA represents the schools in Cobb, Paulding, Douglas, Polk, Carroll, and Haralson counties.
Superintendent Ragsdale’s career of public service began in the Technology department of Paulding County Schools where he served for over 18 years in various leadership roles. He has served first as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and then as the Superintendent in the Cobb County School District for the last decade and is one of the longest-tenured superintendents in the metropolitan area.
Under his leadership, the District has reached record highs in graduation rates and various measures of student success, achieved and maintained a AAA credit rating, and has consistently recruited and retained the very best teachers in the state. The steady focus of the Superintendent has allowed the District to achieve more for students with less resources than its peers and continues to lead the District as, one team, with one goal, student success.