Starting in August 2020, assuming the State of Georgia approves a recent application, Cobb Schools will have its own Pre-K center, Superintendent Chris Ragsdale announced during the District’s Board of Education meeting on January 16. A second will open during the fall of 2021.
“I am excited about supporting early learning for even more Cobb students,” said Superintendent Chris Ragsdale. “Our early literacy initiative has shown great results over the last 3 years in more than 12 of our elementary schools. Through these two Centers we will be able to support even more students to read on grade level by third grade.”
The Cobb Schools Pre-K center will be housed on the current campus of Harmony-Leland Elementary School, which will transition this year to the newly built and Ed-SPLOST-funded Clay-Harmony Leland Elementary School. In addition, scheduled for completion in August of 2021, Superintendent Ragsdale also announced the District will be opening a second Pre-K center at the location of the now-closed Brown Elementary in Smyrna.
The new Pre-K center at Harmony Leland will serve approximately 250-300 students from the surrounding community. The facility will include four general education classrooms plus 10 special education classrooms, which are currently operating in neighborhood schools.
The Pre-K centers are being built in partnership with the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL), the Atlanta Speech School, WellStar, and Learn4Life. More details on the program including registration information will be available later this spring after the program is officially approved by DECAL.
In addition to the announcement regarding the Pre-K Center, the Board also learned more about Cobb’s focus on social and emotional learning to advance student success.
Read about examples of how Cobb Cares for student’s social and emotional needs here.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s proposal to give every teacher a $2,000 pay was another topic mentioned by Superintendent Ragsdale.
“We are thankful to Gov. Kemp for prioritizing our teachers again this year. It’s encouraging to see our leaders understanding what we in Cobb have known for years – supporting good teachers is the single most effective tool at our disposal to ensure student success,” said Superintendent Ragsdale.
Superintendent Ragsdale and the Board also congratulated the Cobb Schools who “Beat the Odds” according to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, which compares the CCRPI scores with similar schools across the state.
|Allatoona High School|
|Argyle Elementary School|
|Clarkdale Elementary School|
|Clay Elementary School|
|Compton Elementary School|
|Cooper Middle School|
|Daniell Middle School|
|East Cobb Middle School|
|Garrett Middle School|
|Griffin Middle School|
|Harrison High School|
|Hendricks Elementary School|
|Hightower Trail Middle School|
|Hillgrove High School|
|Kemp Elementary School|
|Kennesaw Mountain High School|
|LaBelle Elementary School|
|Lassiter High School|
|Lindley 6th Grade Academy|
|McEachern High School|
|Milford Elementary School|
|Mountain View Elementary School|
|Norton Park Elementary School|
|Palmer Middle School|
|Pickett’s Mill Elementary|
|Powder Springs Elementary School|
|Sanders Elementary School|
|Simpson Middle School|
|Smitha Middle School|
|South Cobb High School|
|Tapp Middle School|
|Timber Ridge Elementary School|
|Walton High School|
|Wheeler High School|