Superintendent Ragsdale Proposes Historic 8 – 12.6% Raise for Staff 

Earlier today, Superintendent Chris Ragsdale unveiled his recommended Fiscal Year 2020 budget, which prioritizes students and staff and includes a historic 8 to 12.6 % proposed raise for every non-temporary staff member in the Cobb County School District! 

If approved by the Board, that means every teacher, every custodian, every bus driver, every food service worker—every non-temporary staff member—will see a raise unlike any in Cobb in at least 25 years. Although they are temporary employees, substitutes are also included in the proposed raise. 

“This raise has been made possible by Governor Kemp’s raise for all teachers and the Board’s responsible financial management, common-sense planning, and some of the lowest central administrative costs in the state,” said Superintendent Ragsdale.  

Cobb’s low administrative costs, which can be seen in a metropolitan area low of $162 dollars per student, is $53 below the state average, $86 less than Cobb’s largest metro peer, and is lower than all other metro districts of similar size. 

The raise introduced in Superintendent Ragsdale’s FY2020 budget proposal also includes a full salary schedule step for eligible employees. Specific employee raises will be based on both specific roles and eligibility for step increases but ALL non temporary employees will receive an 8-12.6% raise. 

The Cobb Board of Education is expected to review the Superintendent’s proposed budget and scheduled to be voted upon in May. Once approved, the raise would go into effect at the beginning of the next fiscal year which begins on July 1. An updated salary schedule will be available by July 1, 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year’s pay schedule. 

“Our dedicated staff members have proven their commitment to the success of our students and schools, and now, in a way that we have never been able to before, I’m recommending a budget which prioritizes our staff in a historic way,” said Superintendent Ragsdale. “To all the teachers who make Cobb home, this proposed budget is another reason why Cobb is the best place to teach, lead, and learn.”