Great Start to the New School Year: Superintendent Ragsdale

“Teaching and learning!” That is what Clarkdale Elementary School students shouted out when Cobb Schools Superintendent Chris Ragsdale asked what they are focused on for the first day of school.  

Students across the Cobb County School District returned to school on August 1, and they are already back in the classroom routines that led to a successful 2018-2019 school year.  

“The new school year is off to a great start! We are fortunate to have an award-winning Transportation team that ensured our students arrived safely and on time. Our teachers are back in the classroom doing what they do best—teach,” said Superintendent Ragsdale. “Our team is going to continue building on the success of the past year, which saw students in Cobb outperforming their state and metro peers on the Georgia Milestones.”  

The Cobb Superintendent helped welcome back students and staff at Clarkdale Elementary School and Garrett Middle School. Members of the Cobb Schools team visited schools throughout the district to make sure students and staff had a great first day.  

Post 1 Board Member Randy Scamihorn joined the Baker Elementary School staff on the first day back while Post 5 Board Member David Banks and Deputy Superintendent John Adams rode the bus with Sedalia Park Elementary School students.  

Hawkeye, the Transportation Department’s mascot, surprised students at four schools: Sanders Elementary School, Mableton Elementary School, Harmony Leland Elementary School, and Clay Elementary School. About 1,000 buses transported as many as 70,000 students on the first day of school.  

Although the first day of school may be in the books, parents may still be trying to understand what to expect at the high school, middle school, and elementary school levels. Cobb’s award-winning podcast “The Inside Scoop” has the information they need on those topics and more like “Everything You need to know about the Food Your Student Eats.” 

Superintendent Ragsdale also sat down with the host of the “Inside Scoop” to talk about the new school year. In this podcast, listen to the Superintendent of the 2nd largest school district in Georgia explain why Cobb is the best place to teach, lead, and learn.  

This video also highlights why Cobb stands out as the best and sums up what the students and teachers started working on day 1 and will not stop working on until graduation day.  

Here’s the First Day in Photos