Cherokee County School Board Appoints Etowah HS Interim Principal

Cherokee County School Board Appoints Etowah HS Interim Principal

The School Board on Thursday, Feb. 2, approved the appointment of veteran educator and principal Dr. Bob Eddy as interim principal for Etowah High School through the end of the school year.

Dr. Bob Eddy

Dr. Eddy, whose long career in the Cherokee County School District has included serving as a classroom teacher, award-winning wrestling coach, principal of Dean Rusk MS and as the first principal of Creekview HS, will transition into the role this month in anticipation of the departure of Principal Keith Ball. Principal Ball is leaving CCSD to move closer to his extended family in New York and pursue a new career opportunity there.

Although retired, Dr. Eddy has worked part-time for CCSD in recent years to assist with its implementation of the State’s new teacher and leader evaluation system. He will officially begin serving as interim principal on March 1 and continue in the role through the end of the school year.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said he and his staff will use the next six weeks to seek out and interview candidates for this principal post, as well as other principal slots and district leadership roles that need to be filled for next school year. He said he anticipates recommendations will be presented to the School Board at the March 16 meeting.

“We’ll be doing a lot of interviewing,” Dr. Hightower said. “We are committed to finding the best possible leaders for our schools and district offices.”

The School Board also:

• Heard a presentation from Jordan Mason, River Ridge High School’s Student Delegate to the School Board, on his senior project, which includes a CCSD student leadership academy on Feb. 18, 2017 at Reinhardt University and the development of senior project recognition pins;

• Recognized Etowah HS senior Nathan Baker for achieving a perfect ACT score;

• Recognized Woodstock HS Assistant Principal Tonya Sebring for being inducted into the Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame and being named Region 4-AAAAAAA Athletic Director of the Year;

• Recognized CCSD middle and high school students selected for All State Band, Chorus, Orchestra and Reading Chorus;

• Recognized Region and State athletic champions;

• Approved a resolution proclaiming Feb. 16, 2017 as “PTA Day in the Cherokee County School District”;

• Approved the final reading of an amended School Board Policy regarding student records;

• Approved monthly financial and Education SPLOST reports;

• Approved out-of-state travel;

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

• Approved the monthly capital outlay projects report;

• Approved monthly personnel recommendations; and,

• Approved the 2017-18 and 2018-19 Superintendent’s organizational chart.

School Board Member Clark Menard was absent.

Next meeting: 7 p.m. Thursday, March 16, 2017


CCSD School Wins Prestigious Georgia School Bell Award!

The Cherokee County School District continues its Georgia School Bell Award-winning streak with Bascomb Elementary School earning the prestigious honor for 2016!

The distinguished Georgia School Bell Award is presented to 10 schools in Georgia each year in recognition of outstanding curriculum and organizational leadership initiatives… this is the sixth consecutive year that at least one CCSD school has earned the award.

Bascomb ES, led by Principal Kathleen Chandler, has won the award presented by the Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals for her program, “Keeping It Real.”Kathleen Chandler 2016

The selection committee chooses exemplary programs that show positive results and reflect significant involvement of staff, students, parents and community.

“Keeping It Real” is a school-wide initiative to bring Georgia Performance Standards “to life” by planning interactive, hands-on activities that give students the opportunity to experience lessons in another way in addition to textbook and online learning. Examples of these activities include fifth-grade Civil War Day and fourth-grade Colonial Day, which feature historic demonstrations and re-enactments, guest speakers from the community, costumes and crafts; and Science Day, which is presented for all grades with PTA support and offers science experiments ranging from launching balloon rockets to dissecting owl pellets to creating flying smoke rings.

“Students make connections to the real world!

” Principal Chandler said, noting that activities are differentiated to meet the learning needs of all students. “We know that these experiences create lasting knowledge, which is evident in our school’s outstanding test scores year after year.”

The award will be presented, and the school will be formally recognized, during the Association’s Fall Principals’ Conference in Savannah. Bascomb ES and Principal Chandler will be recognized by the Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools and School Board at the School Board Meeting on Thursday, July 21, 2016.

“We are so proud of Bascomb Elementary School and Principal Kathleen Chandler not only for this award, but also for the creativity in the classroom that led to this recognition,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “These experiences allow our students to learn in a fun and memorable way, give our teachers the opportunity to innovate and engage parents and partners. Congratulations and thank you to everyone in the Bascomb community who helped make this outstanding accomplishment possible!”GAESP

Recent past CCSD winners are: 2015, Holly Springs ES STEM Academy and Woodstock ES; 2014, Canton ES STEM Academy; 2013, Free Home ES; 2012, Liberty ES; 2011, Oak Grove ES.