Cobb Schools BOE Spotlights Importance of Parental Communication; Cobb Schools Names New Principals, Directors

During Thursday’s meeting, the Cobb County Board of Education discussed the importance of communicating with parents to help students succeed and ways to continue to make student and staff safety the top priority.  

Teachers, principals, and district staff employ multiple communication tools to keep parents informed and engaged.  

“The district (and teachers) use multiple channels for communication BECAUSE parents have different communication preferences. Some prefer email, some text, some phone calls. Our parents don’t communicate in one way, and we believe in communicating in ways our parents will actually hear,” Board Member Randy Scamihorn explained.  

Beyond one-on-one phone calls and emails, schools also send notifications via schoolwide emails, texts, and phone calls regarding important information like weather-related closings, upcoming registrations, and events.  

Ahead of the new school year, parents should make sure their contact information is updated with the local school, so they receive the crucial electronic communications.  

Cobb Schools also use social media platforms, like FacebookTwitterInstagram, and the District’s blog, to keep parents, students, and the community updated.  

The Cobb Teaching and Learning System portal for parents allows teachers and parents to communicate directly regarding specific academic standards.  

To keep parents updated in real-time on when their child’s bus will arrive, Cobb Schools Transportation Department rolled out the “Here Comes the Bus” mobile app in February 2019.  

For parents and students who want to communicate safety concerns from anywhere, at any time, Cobb Schools launched the SafeSchools Alert Tip Line in January.  

Members of the Cobb Schools Police Department maintain the Tip Line. The 67 dedicated Cobb Schools police officers ensure the safety of school campuses through other initiatives, like AlertPoint. Details on the district’s safety programs is available on www.cobbshield.com

The Board also discussed another group staff members who are essential to safeguarding the health of students and staff. 

“We are the largest school district in the state to place a nurse in every single school in the district. We value our nurses. They’re vital to our success. Our top priority is the safety of our students and staff, having a nurse in every single school is another example,” said Cobb Superintendent Chris Ragsdale.  

Cobb nurses save lives one day at a time through training, like Stop the Bleed training, which has been completed at every school to prepare staff in case of an emergency. You can read just a few of the stories that show the impact Cobb nurses make every single school day.  

In addition to other Board agenda items, the Cobb BOE also confirmed the appointment and reassignment of two new principals and four directors. 

Personnel Changes: 

  • Don Baker, Appointment to Director, Athletics, Chief of Staff Division from Assistant Principal, Kennesaw Mountain High School effective July 1, 2019.  
  • Christopher Dowd, Appointment to Executive Director, Employment, Human Resources Division from Director, Employee Relations, Human Resources Division effective July 1, 2019. 
  • Dr. Dana Giles, Reassignment to Principal, Pebblebrook High School from Principal, Lindley Middle School effective July 1, 2019.  
  • Travis Joshua, Reassignment to Principal, Lindley Middle School from Principal, Pebblebrook High School effective July 1, 2019.  
  • Bryan Snyder, Appointment to Director, Transportation Department, Operations Division, from Supervisor, Transportation Department, Operations Division, effective July 1, 2019.  
  • Dr. Rebecca Volkerding, Appointment to Director, Recruitment, Retention and Workforce Analytics, Human Resources Division from Supervisor, Evaluations, Human Resources Division, effective July 1, 2019.