Earlier today, the Cobb County School District Board of Education approved the Fiscal Year 2020 budget, which prioritizes students and staff. Following the recommendation of Superintendent Chris Ragsdale, the Board approved a budget that includes a historic 8 to 12.6 % proposed raise for every non-temporary staff member in the Cobb County School District.
Thanks to the Board’s approval, 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 will also see the raise.
“This budget shows the priority of the District which is our staff and our students. Thanks to Governor Kemp’s raise, and because of our low central administrative costs, we have been able to provide this well-deserved raise to our team of educators,” said Superintendent Ragsdale.
The raise approved in the FY2020 budget also includes a full salary schedule step for eligible employees. With the passing of the budget, school nurses will now also receive a 2% salary step every two years, which will help Cobb maintain an award-winning nursing team.
“Our Board’s collective commitment to every Cobb student and every Cobb staff member is easily seen in this budget. An investment in our staff is an investment in the future success of our students and I’m confident this budget will allow Cobb to continue to be what it has been: the best place for families to live in the metropolitan Atlanta area,” said Cobb Board Chair David Chastain.
The historic raise will go into effect at the beginning of the next fiscal year, which begins on July 1, 2019. When the Cobb community learned in April that Superintendent Ragsdale had proposed the historic raise, their reactions showed their excitement and commitment to the Cobb team. Here’s what some in the community said:
“Thank you, Mr. Ragsdale for this and all of the other amazing changes you have implemented. You are leading us to furthered success and excellence, and it is much appreciated.”
“I truly appreciate that you see the value in having good [substitutes] as well.”
“The money is fantastic, but more than that, I feel like I am valued. It means something that a budget was created to prioritize teachers and staff. Cobb is truly the best.”
“What an amazing surprise…I’m proud of the work we do every day in Cobb County.”
“Our teachers are the best, and they deserve the best.”
In addition to approving the historic raise for non-temporary staff members, the Cobb School Board also discussed the summer learning initiatives that are planned to extend student learning and increase student success. Some of the programs include the following:
- The Early Kindergarten program for Belmont Hills and Norton Park elementary schools.
- Summer Enrichment Academy for high-achieving elementary-aged students
- Summer Lit Camp for rising 3rd-7th grades in select elementary and middle schools.
- Summer ESOL Math Camp
- Seamless Summer Option program at 13 school sites will provide free meals to students who might be at risk of not getting a healthy meal during the summer break.
The Board also appointed a new principal for Tapp Middle School, Dr. Thomas Alvin.
Thomas, Dr. Alvin, Appointment to Principal, Tapp Middle School from Assistant Principal, McEachern High School effective June 1, 2019.