School Board Members Visit Police Department’s New Headquarters

School Board Members Visit Police Department’s New Headquarters

Category : CCSD

From left to right, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, School Board Chair Kyla Cromer, CCSD School Police Lt. Jay Baker, School Board members Patsy Jordan and Kelly Poole, and CCSD School Police Chief Mark Kissel and Emergency Operations Facilitator Danielle Ross.

School Board Members on Wednesday, Dec. 13, visited the Cherokee County School District School Police Department’s new headquarters.

Board Chair Kyla Cromer and Board members Patsy Jordan and Kelly Poole took a tour of the offices, which relocated from downtown Canton and now share space with CCSD’s warehouse at 201 Mountain Brook Ct. in Holly Springs. The site provides a more central location for its officers, with quick access to Interstate 575, and also adds convenience for job applicants and volunteers who need fingerprint services.

Chief Mark Kissel led the tour, and Board members had the chance to speak with department leaders including Lt. Jay Baker and Emergency Operations Facilitator Danielle Ross.

The Board members and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, who also attended the tour, took the opportunity to thank the Department for its service during Friday’s inclement weather early dismissal to ensure all students arrived home safely as quickly as possible.

“Our Police Department’s POST-certified law enforcement officers serve and protect our students and employees every day, and play an important role in inclement weather situations. On Friday, they were communicating with county emergency management officials, coordinating dismissal, transporting students and assisting our schools in whatever manner they could,” Dr. Hightower said. “We greatly appreciate them and all they do to keep our community safe.”



12/8/17: CCSD Monitoring Inclement Weather Forecast

Are you watching the weather?

So are we, in coordination with our valued community safety partners.

Please check out this brief video to learn more about how CCSD monitors inclement weather and decides whether to close school.  More info is on the same page posted below the video.

If a decision is made to close, you’ll see a post on this website and our official social media ( and, and we’ll email a notice out to parents.  If you don’t see a notice about closure, school is in session as scheduled.


Reminder of CCSD Notification System for School Closures

As it’s the season for possible inclement weather, this post is to remind you of how the Cherokee County School District makes decisions about school closures and communicates those decisions.

On the homepage of this website you’ll see a red “Emergency Notifications” button that links you to useful information including our School Closure Decision Process guide.  Our Division of Public Information has produced a new, brief informational video (online here: to provide the community with information about the decision process.  The video was produced in-house, with animation by Etowah High School teacher Brandon Grummer and voiceover by Teasley Middle School Assistant Principal John Carter.

Should a school closure decision be made, the notice first will be posted on our website’s homepage, Facebook page ( and Twitter feed (@CherokeeSchools), and all local and Atlanta media will be notified.

Parents of CCSD students also will receive notice of inclement weather closings by text, email, and/or phone through our School Messenger system.  Email addresses and phone numbers must be current in Aspen/Parent Portal.  To receive the texts, parents must opt-in by texting any one of the following words to the number 68453: subscribe, opt-in or yes.  Parents should receive an automatic response that you’re registered for messages; if not, parents need to contact their wireless provider, as some do not accept SMS messages.

The safety of our students and employees is a top priority; thank you for trusting us with that responsibility.