CCSD Dedicates Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo Educational Services Facility

CCSD Dedicates Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo Educational Services Facility

Former Superintendent Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo delivers remarks at the dedication ceremony for the facility named in his honor, alongside the bronze plaque that will hang in the building.

The Cherokee County School District on Thursday evening dedicated the Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo Educational Services Facility.

The facility at The Bluffs in Canton includes an office building and an auditorium, which will be used for Cherokee County School Board meetings, CCSD professional development and training activities and community events.

Dr. Brian V. Hightower, Superintendent of Schools, speaks about Dr. Petruzielo’s significant contributions to the growth of the Cherokee County School District.

The 15-acre campus is named for the longtime former Superintendent of Schools, known to many as “Dr. P,” who dedicated himself to public education over his impressive 50-year career, with CCSD honored by his leadership for the last 17 of those years

“We commonly say within our organization that ‘great leaders don’t create followers… they create other leaders,’” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said in his remarks to honor Dr. Petruzielo. “I count myself as one of the leaders he cultivated. I would not be your Superintendent today without his guidance and support.”

School Board Chair Kyla Cromer welcomes everyone to the dedication ceremony.

The ceremony featured a speech by Dr. Petruzielo, who received two standing ovations and who highlighted CCSD’s numerous accomplishments during his tenure, while also recognizing and thanking numerous former and current School Board members and CCSD leaders in the audience.

“This is the most important and the most appreciated professional honor which I have received during my 50 years as an educator, 25 years as a Superintendent of Schools and 17 years at the helm of the Cherokee County School District,” he said. “Thank you… and may God continue to bless Cherokee County’s public schools!”

Dr. Petruzielo did not shy away in his speech from the passionate stand for public education that, as School Board Chair Kyla Cromer noted in her remarks, “sometimes put a political bullseye on his back.”

“He showed courage and made sacrifices, and the fruits of this are the generations of children who will be our community’s and our world’s leaders for years to come,” she said in her tribute.

CCSD School Board members, along with architects and staff from the CCSD Support Services Division join Dr. Petruzielo and his family to cut the ribbon dedicating the facility named in his honor.

The many accomplishments he recounted in his speech ranged from organizational improvements and engagement practices to strategic planning and forecasting and advocacy initiatives… the latter of which often put Dr. Petruzielo in the headlines for his fierce fight on behalf of public schools and the children they serve.

“I remember telling legislators, School Board members, teachers, Principals, parents, taxpayers and media what they needed to hear – rather than what was politically expedient… including whenever students, staff or the School District were not being treated with the support and respect they deserved in negative public statements or policy proposals from misguided – and now former – local officials and state lawmakers and even a now former School Board member or two,” he said, drawing applause from the audience.

The facility, with a 12,000-square-foot auditorium and nearly 75,000 square feet of space in the administration building, provides CCSD with the professional office, meeting and training space it needs today, with room for future growth. The Divisions of Communications, Curriculum and Instruction, Financial Management, Human Resources, School Operations and the Superintendent’s Office now can be housed together under one roof.

Dr. Petruzielo is surrounded by well wishers at the reception following the dedication of the new facility. Pictured here is the ground floor lobby area of the Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo Educational Services Facility.

“We’re able to celebrate tonight because of our community’s support,” Dr. Hightower said. “Without our neighbors supporting the continuation of our 1-percent Education SPLOST sales tax, we would not have been able to build or significantly improve 20 schools over the last 15 years, and we would not have been able to finally build this professional facility for our outstanding District leadership team and our community.”

Dr. Hightower noted that the facility not only increases CCSD’s operational efficiency as a major business enterprise, it also is energy and resource efficient, with great care taken in incorporating features such as LED lighting throughout, locally resourced materials, drought-resistant landscaping and heat-reflective window panels.

Kenneth Harless served as architect for the facility, which was constructed by Womack, Lewis & Smith. CCSD Chief Support Services Officer Bill Sebring led the project with Director of Facility Construction Phil Parrott and Supervisor of Construction Steve Werner.

Dr. Petruzielo tours the hallways of the Curriculum and Instruction Division with his family.

One of the basic offices housed in the Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo Educational Services Facility.

Dr. Petruzielo and his family toured offices and meetings facilities at the new building. Chief Academic Officer Dr. Nicole Holmes gave a tour of her office and the Curriculum and Instruction division.

The celebration on Thursday included a dedication ceremony and unveiling of plaques honoring Dr. Petruzielo to be displayed in both buildings, as well as a ribbon cutting, building tours and a reception sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational Foundation (CCEF), which was established during the former Superintendent’s tenure.

“While this building is named in his honor, his real legacy is far greater than what can be captured in bricks and mortar,” Dr. Hightower said. “His legacy is the successful organization and operations of our school district, a generation of leaders he cultivated, and the thousands and thousands of students and families whose futures he made so much brighter.”

The ceremony on Thursday also marked the installation of the inaugural class of the Cherokee County Educators Hall of Fame. An initiative of CCEF, the Hall of Fame annually will welcome new members in recognition of their exceptional service to public education in our community. A plaque listing Hall of Fame members is housed in the new auditorium.

The inaugural class is made up of Dr. Petruzielo and retired Superintendent of Schools Gene Norton, retired Assistant Superintendent Janice Prather, retired Principal Dr. Frankie Shepherd and former CCSD teacher and current School Board Member Patsy Jordan.


Board Briefs: Cherokee County School Board Launches Parent Academy Program

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The School Board on Thursday, August 17, 2017, held its first meeting in its new auditorium and announced plans to offer a parent academy program this fall in collaboration with the Georgia School Boards Association.

Thursday’s meeting was the first held in the auditorium of the Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo Educational Services Facility at The Bluffs in Canton and followed a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting.

“Today is a milestone for CCSD,” School Board Member Patsy Jordan said in her Inspiration moment remarks that open the meeting, and then connected the opening with CCSD’s 2017-18 theme of family.  “This building is equipped to house part of our CCSD family.”

The Georgia School Boards Association’s parent academy program, VILLA (Volunteer Instructional Leadership Learning Academy), will be piloted in the Cherokee County School District this fall.  School Board members on Thursday night reviewed the program application, which will be shared with the community today.  Applications are posted online here and due to CCSD by Sept. 5.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said the free program likely will be offered annually, and the first class set for this fall will be open to 24 participants.  Beginning on October 9, The class will meet for six sessions; five meetings will be on Monday evenings, and one will be a Monday morning field trip to several schools.

Participants will learn more about CCSD, including an overview of its governance model and the role of School Board members, Major System Priorities and CCSD day-to-day operations.  The program will include question-and-answer sessions with School Board members, the Superintendent and senior staff.

School Board Chair Kyla Cromer, who during her last campaign talked about the idea of creating such program, said Thursday she was glad to see this “citizen awareness opportunity” become reality.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for our community to learn more about our award-winning school district,” Dr. Hightower said, adding that community input is integral to the success of CCSD, especially it’s strategic planning and vision casting efforts.

Also on Thursday, the School Board took the first step in constructing additional classrooms at Mill Creek Middle School by sending a request to the State, as the project will be built using Education SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) and State construction funds.  The project will add 16 regular classrooms, four science labs, a family consumer science classroom and a Global Learning Theatre; construction is planned to begin next spring.

The School Board also:

• Recognized  Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy for winning the Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals’ 2017 School Bell Award;

• Recognized CCSD Lead Nurse Gwen Chambers as the Georgia Association of School Nurses’ 2017 Georgia School Nurse Administrative of the Year;

• Recognized CCSD’s Office of Communications for winning three National awards from the National School Public Relations Association;

• Recognized eight CCSD schools for being named 2017 National Beta Schools of Merit;

• Recognized Johnston Elementary School for being named to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s 2017 List of America’s Healthiest Schools;

• Recognized Donna Lloyd, Creekview HS Career Pathway teacher, as the winner of Georgia’s Work-Based Learning “Top Gun WBL Educator” Award’

• Recognized Sequoyah High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC Unit for winning the Silver Star Community Service with Excellence Award;

• Recognized State and Regional champions from Creekview HS for track and field and Woodstock HS for baseball;

• Recognized CCSD’s 2017 Georgia State Summer Aquatics Special Olympic Games Gold Medal recipients;

• Recognized CCSD’s 2017 Special Olympics Bowling Winter Games Gold Medal recipients;

• Recognized CCSD’s 2017 Georgia State Summer Soccer Special Olympics Games Gold Medal recipients;

• Recognized the 2017-18 Student Advisor to School Board and the Student Delegates

• Approved the renewal of Partnership Agreements with the Cherokee Tribune, City Waleska, Delta Kappa Gamma – Gamma ETA Chapter, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service and Upper Etowah River Alliance;

• Approved out-of-state and overnight student field trips;

• Approved monthly financial reports;

• Approved the monthly capital outlay projects report;

• Approved special lease agreements;

• Approved monthly personnel recommendations;

• Approved ratifying the millage rate, which is unchanged from last year at 19.45 mills.

Next meeting: 7 p.m. Thursday, September 14, 2017 


CCSD Announces Dates for 2017-18 Curriculum Nights

It’s Curriculum Night time!

CCSD Curriculum Night programs provide parents with an overview of what their child will be learning during the 2017-18 school year.

These event are coordinated through each of the local schools/Innovation Zones, but the tentative scheduling is as follows:

Elementary School: Fourth Week of School (Week of 8/21)

Middle School: Fifth Week of School (Week of 8/28)

High School: Sixth Week of School (Week of 9/5)

“Additional Use”: Seventh Week of School (Week of 9/11)

Elementary Schools Date(s) Grade Level(s) Time(s)
Arnold Mill ES August 21 Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd 6:00-7:30 p.m.
August 22 3rd, 4th, 5th 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Avery ES August 23 Kindergarten, 2nd, 4th 6:30 p.m.
August 24 1st, 3rd, 5th 6:30 p.m.
Ball Ground ES August 24 All grade levels 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Bascomb ES August 21 2nd 6:00-7:00 p.m.
August 21 5th 7:00-8:00 p.m.
August 22 1st 6:00-7:00 p.m.
August 22 4th 7:00-8:00 p.m.
August 24 Kindergarten 6:00-7:00 p.m.
August 24 3rd 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Boston ES August 21 4th, 5th 6:00-7:00 p.m.
August 22 1st, 2nd 6:00-7:00 p.m.
August 24 Kindergarten, 3rd 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Canton ES August 24 PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd 5:00-6:00 p.m.
August 24 3rd, 4th, 5th 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Carmel ES August 22 All grade levels 5:30-6:00 p.m. or 6:30-7:00 p.m.
Clark Creek ES August 22 Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd 6:00-7:00 p.m.
August 24 3rd, 4th, 5th 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Clayton ES August 24 All grade levels 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Free Home ES August 22 All grade levels 5:00-5:45 p.m. or 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Hasty ES August 24 Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd 5:00-6:30 p.m.
August 24 3rd, 4th, 5th 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Hickory Flat ES August 15 Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd 6:30-7:30 p.m.
August 17 3rd, 4th, 5th 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Holly Springs ES August 15 All grade levels 5:00-5:45 p.m. or 6:00-6:45 p.m.
Indian Knoll ES July 26 Kindergarten 6:00-7:00 p.m.
August 15 1st, 4th 6:30-7:30 p.m.
August 17 2nd, 3rd, 5th 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Johnston ES August 21 All grade levels 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Knox ES July 27 Kindergarten 6:00 p.m.
August 15 3rd, 4th, 5th 6:00 p.m.
August 17 1st, 2nd 6:00 p.m.
Liberty ES August 15 1st 5:30 p.m.
August 17 Kindergarten 5:30 p.m.
August 22 2nd 5:30 p.m.
August 22 4th 7:00 p.m.
August 24 3rd 5:30 p.m.
August 24 5th 7:00 p.m.
Little River ES August 22 Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd 6:00-7:00 p.m.
August 24 3rd, 4th, 5th 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Macedonia ES August 23 Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd 5:30-6:15 p.m. or 6:15-7:00 p.m.
August 24 3rd, 4th, 5th 5:30-6:15 p.m. or 6:15-7:00 p.m.
Mountain Road ES August 15 All grade levels 5:00-5:45 p.m. or 6:15-7:00 p.m.

 

Oak Grove ES August 21 Kindergarten (Academic

Parent Teacher Team)

6:00-7:30 p.m.
August 21 2nd 6:00 p.m.
August 22 1st (Academic Parent

Teacher Team)

4th (Academic Parent

Teacher Team)

6:00-7:30 p.m.
August 24 3rd (Academic Parent

Teacher Team)

6:00-7:30 p.m.
August 24 5th 6:00 p.m.
R.M. Moore ES August 24 All grade levels 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Sixes ES August 21 Kindergarten, 2nd, 4th 5:30-7:30 p.m.
August 22 1st, 3rd, 5th 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Woodstock ES August 22 Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd 6:00-8:00 p.m.
August 24 3rd, 4th, 5th 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Middle Schools Date(s) Grade Level(s) Time(s)
Creekland MS August 29 All grade levels 6:30 p.m.
Dean Rusk MS August 22 All grade levels 6:30 p.m.
E.T. Booth MS August 29 6th 6:30 p.m.
August 31 7th, 8th 6:30 p.m.
Freedom MS August 29 All grade levels 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Mill Creek MS August 28 6th 5:30-6:30 p.m.
August 29 7th, 8th 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Teasley MS August 29 All grade levels 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Woodstock MS August 31 All grade levels 6:00-8:00 p.m.
High Schools Date(s) Grade Level(s) Time(s)
Cherokee HS September 5 All grade levels 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Creekview HS September 5 All grade levels 6:30 p.m.
Etowah HS September 5 All grade levels 6:30 p.m.
River Ridge HS September 11 All grade levels 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Sequoyah HS August 29 P.T.A.

All grade levels

6:45 p.m.

7:00 p.m.

Woodstock HS September 5 All grade levels 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Educational Centers Date(s) Grade Level(s) Time(s)
ACE Academy August 24 All grade levels 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Johnston Preschool August 22 Preschool 6:00-7:00 p.m.
L.R. Tippens

Education Center

Sept. 7 All grade levels 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Oak Grove

Preschool

August 21 Preschool 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Polaris Evening

Program

September 6 All grade levels 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Ralph Bunche

Center

August 24 Preschool 6:00-7:00 p.m.

 


CCSD Teacher Named Top Work-Based Learning Educator in Georgia!

Ms. Lloyd is congratulated by Dwayne Hobbs, program delivery manager for the Georgia Department of Education’s Career, Technical and Agricultural Education program.

A Cherokee County School District teacher has been named the top Work-Based Learning educator in Georgia!

Donna Lloyd, a Career Pathway teacher at Creekview HS, has won Georgia’s Work-Based Learning “Top Gun WBL Educator” award!

The award is presented by the Georgia Department of Education’s Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education division; the Career, Technical and Agricultural Education Resource Network; and the Work-Based Learning/Youth Apprenticeship Affiliate of the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education as part of their annual conference for select Work-Based Learning (WBL) teachers.

During the conference held during summer break, the best of the best WBL teachers from across the state are given the chance to compete and hone their skills; the WBL program gives students the opportunity to receive credit while working in an environment related to their Career Pathway.

Throughout the three-day conference, participants were awarded points for their performance in group activities and the quality of documents created.

Individual events were: create a speech to students, parents, school staff, and business owners; create an end-of-year infographic, which provided important milestones of their individual programs; set up display booths; create business cards and program pamphlets; and create student employer recruitment materials. Group activities were: mock presentation to the school leadership team and breakout “escape game” that required teamwork, communication and recognizing the skills of others.

Ms. Lloyd was named winner of the “Top Gun WBL Educator” award for her top score!

She will be congratulated by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools during the August 17 School Board meeting.

PHOTO: Ms. Lloyd is congratulated by Dwayne Hobbs, program delivery manager for the Georgia Department of Education’s Career, Technical and Agricultural Education program.


CCSD Plan for Aug. 21 Solar Eclipse

Category : CCSD

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that a plan is in place to ensure the 2017 Solar Eclipse on Aug. 21 is a safe and educational opportunity for all of our students.

DISMISSAL: Bus dismissal for grades K-12 will be delayed by 30 minutes on Aug. 21 to avoid elementary school dismissal during the eclipse’s passage through the area; K-12 Special Education bus routes will be delayed by 45 minutes.  Car riders’ release to the line also will be delayed by 30 minutes; parents who do not want to wait may park and come into the front office to check their children out.  Middle school/high school dismissal is affected because bus drivers must first complete elementary school routes.  CCSD Preschool Centers dismissal, which is earlier in the afternoon, will not be affected.

ABSENCES: Many parents have inquired about school absences and early check-outs so as to experience this event as a family. Recognizing the historical significance of this event, the Superintendent has authorized the following provision: Absences and early check-outs related to this event will be unexcused, but make-up work will be accepted without academic penalty. Schools will not treat this absence as truancy.

CLASS ACTIVITIES: Students will participate in a related educational activity at school at the time of eclipse’s passage (approximately 2:35 p.m.). Your child’s school will communicate specific plans to you this week (Aug. 7-11); activities will vary by class, and not all activities will be conducted outside. If your child’s class activity is outside, the teacher will provide a permission slip for you to sign and return. If you don’t give permission, your child will watch streaming video of the eclipse inside.

ASP: The Elementary School After School Program (ASP) for participating students will begin following dismissal and end at the usual time (6 p.m.).

QUESTIONS: If you have additional questions, please contact the Principal of your child’s school.


CCSD Announces Class of 2018 Graduation Ceremony Schedule

Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2018 will walk across the stage for graduation ceremonies, which all will be held at First Baptist Church of Woodstock (11905 Highway 92, Woodstock, 30188), at these times and dates:
 
• River Ridge HS: 4 p.m., Thursday, May 24
• Etowah HS: 8 p.m., Thursday, May 24
• Creekview HS: 4 p.m., Friday, May 25
• Woodstock HS: 8 p.m., Friday, May 25
• Cherokee HS: 9 a.m., Saturday, May 26
• Sequoyah HS: 1 p.m., Saturday, May 26
 
The ceremonies will be streamed on www.fbcw.org so family and friends who are unable to attend still can participate.

School Board Members Visit Schools for First Week Peek!

While Cherokee High School students hurry past on their way to class, Principal Todd Miller points out to School Board Chair Kyla Cromer some of the renovation projects that were completed over the summer at CCSD’s largest high school.

School Board members visited schools across the Cherokee County School District this week for a “first week peek”!

School Board Member Rick Steiner gets a hug from student Aiden Carr during his tour of Bascomb Elementary School.

During their visits, School Board members toured the school with the Principal, observed teaching and learning in classrooms, visited with staff from various areas of operations and enjoyed a surprise hug or two from students.

School Board Member Clark Menard’s visit included an appearance on Woodstock High School’s live student news show; here he’s pictured in front of the show’s green screen with students Hailey Hovda, left, and Kharli Major.

“These visits were an excellent opportunity for us to see how well prepared our schools are for the start of the year,” School Board Chair Kyla Cromer said. “Teachers were engaging the students in learning, and we had a wonderful time visiting with them all.”

School Board Vice Chair Mike Chapman, center, as he tours Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy with Principal Rodney Larrotta, left, and CCSD Deputy Superintendent Trey Olson, stops for a photo with pre-kindergartners and teacher Megan Little, left, and paraprofessional Molly Elkins.

Board Chair Cromer visited Cherokee High School; with Vice Chairman Mike Chapman at Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy; and Board Member John Harmon at Indian Knoll ES, Patsy Jordan at Avery ES, Clark Menard at Woodstock HS, Kelly Poole at Mill Creek MS and Rick Steiner at Bascomb ES.

School Board Member John Harmon snaps a selfie with students in teacher Rebecca Wooten’s class during his visit to Indian Knoll Elementary School.

“Our School Board cares about our students, our teachers and staff and our schools,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “While they may be most associated with their role as thoughtful policy makers and responsible stewards of our community’s resources, these School Board members were called to serve because of the kids and the opportunity to make their futures brighter. We appreciate their service and their commitment to our CCSD family.”

School Board Member Patsy Jordan, center, smiles for a photo with students during her visit to Avery Elementary School.

School Board Member Patsy Jordan checks out the school garden at Avery Elementary School during her tour, as CCSD Chief Information Officer Bobby Blount looks on.

School Board Member Kelly Poole, center, stops by the gym to see PE classes in action at Mill Creek Middle School during her visit.

School Board Member Rick Steiner listens to teacher Melinda Martinez, right, during his visit to her classroom at Bascomb Elementary School. Looking on are Principal Kathleen Chandler, third from left, and CCSD Chief Academic Officer Dr. Nicole Holmes. Students pictured include Leslie Delgadillo, left, and Ferrial Phillippe.

School Board Member Clark Menard visits with Introduction to Engineering Technology students and teacher Karen Zayance at Woodstock High School.

School Board Member John Harmon’s visit to Indian Knoll Elementary School included time with PE teachers Coaches Scott Barber and Jason Bermudez and their students.

School Board Member Kelly Poole, center, tours Mill Creek Middle School with Principal Dr. Kerry Martin and CCSD Chief Human Resources Officer Rick Beaulieu.

School Board Member Patsy Jordan, center, smiles for a selfie during her visit to Avery Elementary School with Principal Dr. Lisa Turner, right, Assistant Principals Michelle Whitmire and Matt Harper, right, and CCSD Chief Information Officer Bobby Blount.

School Board Vice Chair Mike Chapman, left, listens to Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy with Principal Rodney Larrotta, right, during the tour, as CCSD Deputy Superintendent Trey Olson looks on.

It wouldn’t be a visit to Woodstock High School without a selfie with Principal Mark Smith, left, so School Board Member Clark Menard joined in.

Board Chair Kyla Cromer and CCSD Chief of Staff Mike McGowan, right, listen to Cherokee HS Principal Todd Miller explain some of the changes made in the school media center.

School Board Member Clark Menard is interviewed for Woodstock High School’s live student news show by student Hailey Hovda.

Cherokee High School Principal Todd Miller, left, and Assistant Principal Neil Howell show School Board Chair Kyla Cromer the courtyard students may use during lunch periods. The school’s PTSA helped fund the project, which gives students another choice for eating and socializing during lunch.


CCSD Teacher Named to Georgia Professional Standards Commission Board

Category : CCSD

Beth Townsend

A Cherokee County School District teacher has been named to an important State education board!

Beth Townsend, a Sixes Elementary School special education teacher, was appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate to serve on the Georgia Professional Standards Commission Board.

“The PSC is a very important organization for ensuring our State’s public schools employ highly qualified teachers who are committed to educator ethics,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “We are honored one of our teachers was selected for this role, as our School District is dedicated to the same mission. We know Ms. Townsend will represent herself, her school, our District and our profession well!”

Ms. Townsend will serve on the Educator Ethics Committee, one of two standing committees for the 18-member Board, which sets rules and standards for educators, certifies educators and holds educators accountable for meeting rules and standards.

The Committee meets monthly to review referrals from the Commission’s Ethics Division and make recommendations regarding probable cause and whether to take action, such as to issue a reprimand; or deny, suspend, revoke, or reinstate certificates, permits and licenses. The State will pay Ms. Townsend’s expenses to serve at the monthly Committee meetings in Atlanta.


CCSD Posts High School Varsity Football 2017-18 Schedule

Category : CCSD

Love the Friday Night Lights? It’s almost that time of year in Cherokee County… with high school varsity football kicking off next week. Here’s a schedule to keep and share with your fellow fans. Games begin at 7:30 p.m. and it’s $8 at the gate. #CCSDfam

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CCSD Starts 2017-18 School Year With Record 41,213 Students

Category : CCSD

UPDATE 8/4/17: The Cherokee County School District’s enrollment today reached 41,774 students… which is an increase of 369 students from last school year’s Day Four.  Today’s total remains under the peak-enrollment projection of 42,299, but enrollment has increased by 561 students since the first day of school.

UPDATE 8/3/17: The Cherokee County School District’s enrollment today reached 41,723 students… which is an increase of 427 students from last school year’s Day Three.  The total has not yet reached the peak-enrollment projection of 42,299, but has increased by 510 students since the first day of school.

UPDATE 8/2/17: Enrollment reached 41,566 students Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017… which is an increase of 421 students from last school year’s Day Two.  While the total has not yet reached the peak-enrollment projection of 42,299, CCSD increased 353 students from the Aug. 1, 2017 opening of school.

10-day enrollment chart

The Cherokee County School District started the 2017-18 School Year with a smooth and successful opening on Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

Enrollment reached 41,213 for the first day of the 2017-18 School Year at CCSD’s 41 schools and centers, according to preliminary attendance reports… 494 more students than last year’s first day (Day 1 of the 2016-17 School Year’s student enrollment was 40,719). The School District anticipates enrollment will continue to rise over the course of the school year to more than 42,299 students.

“It’s an incredible achievement for an organization of our size to consistently operate so effectively not only throughout the year, but even on day one,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “That success happens due to significant planning and hard work behind the scenes. I appreciate all of our employees’ preparations for today, and we’re extremely grateful for the strong support we receive from the families we serve and our partners and volunteers. We’re a family, and we’ve had a great start to what will be an outstanding year!”

The School District’s 4,700 employees, including 260 new teachers, operate CCSD campuses and support facilities throughout Cherokee County; and CCSD’s fleet of 402 buses transport approximately 70 percent of the student population through 1,500+ daily bus routes.

Elementary school students are using new instructional materials for reading and writing classes for the first time in more than a decade thanks to the School Board’s significant investment in these resources. Safety and security is being further enhanced with the second phase of security foyer installations and the recent deputizing of CCSD’s School Police Department officers, who, in addition to their long-held Georgia POST certification, now also are authorized by the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office to serve and protect beyond school campuses.

The School District has launched two new technology initiatives to improve operations: the Canvas learning management system, which expands teaching and learning opportunities and gives parents more access to their child’s lessons and progress; and K12Payment Center, a new meal pre-payment account system that enhances internal efficiency while still maintaining online depositing and purchase tracking for parents.

School District policies related to environmental/temperature concerns are being followed at all campuses, including: limiting the time students spend on school buses; allowing students to bring bottled water on school buses; and following guidelines for rescheduling and cancelling outdoor athletic/band/extra-curricular activities, when necessary, due to high temperatures.