CCSD Celebrates Newly Formed Student Services Department

CCSD Celebrates Newly Formed Student Services Department

Dr. Rouel Belleza, right, Supervisor of Student Services for the Cherokee County School District, presents Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower with a T-shirt designed to raise awareness of the services provided by the newly created department, which includes school nurses, counselors and social workers. Looking on are, from left to right, Lead Nurse Gwen Chambers, Social Workers David McFerrin, Perry Marshall and Dr. Tara Quinn-Schuldt, and Lead Nurse Jami Stefano.

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating a newly formed department organized to improve support to the whole child.

The Student Services department, which is part of CCSD’s Office of School Operations, brings together school nurses, counselors and social workers under one umbrella.

Led by Supervisor Dr. Rouel Belleza, the department was created at the start of the school year by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower with the goal of increasing communication and collaboration.

“Many of the children who come to our schools arrive in need of extra help… whether it’s due to a medical condition, family financial troubles and food insecurity, or crises that call out for counseling,” Dr. Hightower said. “While our primary mission is teaching and learning, we can’t succeed in fulfilling that mission if the children we serve are in pain, hungry, scared or grieving. Student Services meets these needs, and this reorganization will allow us to continuously improve our care for students.”

To raise awareness, Student Services asked several community and business partners for their support in making T-shirts for all of the department’s team members. CCSD thanks the following generous sponsors: Gold Level, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Credit Union of Georgia and Reinhardt University; and Silver Level, AED Brands and School Health.

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