The Cobb County School Board approved the $1.1 billion budget for the 2019-20 school year. The budget included a “historic” 8 to 12.6% raise for every non-temporary employee in the system which had not been implemented by the district in at least 25 years.

“This budget shows the priority of the district is our staff and students,” Superintendent Chris Ragsdale said, adding the raises were made possible by Gov. Brian Kemp’s across-the-board $3,000 raise for certified teachers.

The budget, which went into effect July 1, accounts for 90 more classroom positions and an additional 7.5 custodial positions. It also gives nurses incremental raises every two years, adjust bus driver salaries so that their base pay is spread equally throughout the year and gives campus police officers a competitive salary adjustment.

“An investment in our staff is an investment in the future success of our students and I’m confident this budget will allow Cobb to continue to be what it has been: the best place for families to live in the metropolitan Atlanta area,” said David Chastain, Cobb County School Board Chairman.

Detailed information and documentation about the approved Fiscal Year 2020 Budget and development process are available under the Finance and Budget section of the Cobb County School District website:

The Cobb County School District is the second largest school system in Georgia and the 23rd largest in the nation. It serves 113,000 students and 112 schools, including 67 elementary schools, 25 middle schools, 17 high schools, one charter school, one special education center and one adult education center.

This article originally appeared in the August issue of the EAST COBBER magazine, on page 7. Click here to view the digital edition.