CCSD Presents Leadership Degree and Certification Fair

CCSD Presents Leadership Degree and Certification Fair

Newly appointed R.M. Moore ES Assistant Principal Denna Vance, left, speaks with Dr. Susan Padgett-Harrison about Kennesaw State University’s program.

The Cherokee County School District recently presented its first CCSD Leadership Degree and Certification Fair to share information on leadership degrees with interested teachers and leaders.

Forty-eight teachers and leaders attended the free session, which included one-on-one time with university representatives from Berry College, Kennesaw State University and Piedmont College. Berry and Piedmont College will be offering degree programs at CCSD facilities beginning this summer; KSU’s programs are fully online.

Indian Knoll ES Principal Dr. Ann Gazell and teacher Patrick Walker discuss Piedmont College programs.

CCSD Chief Human Resources Officer Rick Beaulieu gave an overview of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission rules on advanced degrees, and CCSD Supervisor for Professional/Staff Development Jackie Miller reviewed each university’s program, including model, cost and unique features.


CCSD teachers, from left to right, Kirsten Hargadon, Debbie Ritter and Dana Townsend participate in the session.

CCSD Chief Human Resources Officer Rick Beaulieu speaks to attendees.


CCSD Employees Stay Busy During Summer Break

CCSD Transportation Technician Samuel Shelton inspects a brand new bus upon delivery to CCSD. The School District purchased 12 new full-size buses for the 2017-18 school year.

Summer months are far from slow in the Cherokee County School District, as employees, in addition to running summer school and meal programs, stay busy with facility maintenance, professional development and preparing operations for the new school year.

CCSD Facility Technician Eli Gibbs works on a rooftop HVAC unit at Johnston Elementary School. Projects there this summer air-conditioned the gym and upgraded the energy management system.

“Although the majority of students and teachers and other school-based staff enjoy a well-deserved two-month break, summer is a very busy time for our divisions and departments, as they complete significant behind-the-scenes work,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “We greatly appreciate the time and energy our employees invest into facilities, technology and training to prepare us for a successful school year.”

Hundreds of teachers, administrators and other staff participated in summer professional development training on topics ranging from more effective classroom use of instructional technology to lesson plans centered on newly adopted reading and writing teaching resources to tools for stronger classroom and school leadership.

CCSD teachers work on a STEM activity during a summer professional development class.

All CCSD school buses were inspected and routes mapped, new technology – including the Canvas learning management system and K12PaymentCenter school meal pre-payment system – began operating, and school nutrition staff prepared to roll out new menu options like the high school grill line!

Facility maintenance crews have been among the hardest working, with a long list of repairs and upgrades scheduled when campuses are emptied for summer break. Projects have included everything from replacing lighting fixtures with more efficient LED choices and updating ceiling tiles to installing new flooring and upgrading HVAC and energy management systems.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower speaks about leadership qualities with Principals, Assistant Principals and other administrators during the Superintendent’s Leadership Symposium event, sponsored by Northside Hospital Cherokee and the Cherokee County Educational Foundation.

Thanks to community partners, Northside Hospital Cherokee and the Cherokee County Educational Foundation, the Superintendent presented a Leadership Symposium professional development program for school and district leaders at which they heard remarks from him and leadership speaker Brian Dodd and attended break-out sessions on new CCSD initiatives led by senior staff.

“We’re focused on continuous improvement in every aspect of our organization to fulfill our mission of educating the emerging generation” Dr. Hightower said. “When school opens on August 1, we’ll be ready and stronger than ever before.”

Debra Murdock, CCSD Executive Director of Administrative Leadership, engages school administrators in a session at the Superintendent’s Leadership Symposium professional development event.

CCSD Transportation Technician Brad Benton replaces an axle on a school bus. All 452 CCSD school buses were inspected this summer by the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

CCSD Maintenance Technicians Tim McFarland (on ladder) and Ty Adams reroute wiring in the Hickory Flat Elementary School Media Center as one of their summer maintenance projects.

CCSD Warehouse staff Wesley Lee, left, and Fred Dubois, right, deliver updated Student/Parent Handbooks to Etowah High School.

Clark Creek ES STEM Academy Principal Joey Moss, left, and Assistant Principal Susan Bruno speak with teachers and staff about the upcoming school year and present each with a school spirit wear cap.

Clark Creek ES STEM Academy teachers and leaders show off their new spirit wear caps.



CCSD Employees Staying Busy Over Summer

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CCSD Fleet Maintenance Technician Adam Shelton checks a school bus during summer inspections. The Georgia Department of Public Safety checks every bus in the CCSD fleet during the summer.

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CCSD Facility Technician Lantz Cleveland passes a drill through to technician Terry Cornelison as they re-install air-conditioning units at Free Home ES following a window replacement project in the media center.

Summer break doesn’t mean vacation time for many Cherokee County School District employees, as the summer months offer an opportune time for maintenance work and training, as well as teaching and learning for more than 1,000 students who took advantage of various CCSD summer school programs.

This summer, hundreds of CCSD teachers are taking advantage of training opportunities offered by CCSD; school nutrition workers have been busy learning new skills and ideas for tastier lunchroom fare; more than 400 school buses will be inspected; warehouse and technology employees are stocking a brand new replacement Dean Rusk Middle School; and, maintenance department employees are busy burning through a list of repair and upgrade projects on various school campuses.

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CCSD School Nutrition Manager on Special Assignment Tiffany Ridley adds lime to a guacamole recipe during a training class this summer.

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Indian Knoll ES teacher Marissa Williams focuses on a task during a CCSD summer professional development class on Microsoft productivity tools.

Some of the work will continue right up until the first day of school, which is Monday, August 1.