It’s back to school for most of Cobb’s kids tomorrow. What about the year gone by? Time for one last look back (in regards to our public schools) with Cobb County School Board member David Banks.

Some major events that occurred in 2017:
1. Our CCRPI scores continue to rise
2. The new Mountain View Elementary School opened
3. The new Walton High School opened.
4. Wheeler High School was the first school to be STEAM certified by the State
5. Many schools earned County STEM certification
6. Many schools earned State STEM certification
7. Several schools earned AdvancED (SACS) STEM certification
8. Our Fine Arts program continue to expand; especially at the middle school level
9. Our sports programs continue to thrive and many outstanding achievements were accomplished by our students
10. Three of our executive leaders took Superintendent positions — speaks well of the caliber of our executive employees
11. The School Board was able to give all employees a 1.1% bonus at Christmas for the year
12. The Cobb County Teaching & Learning System (CTLS) was implemented in all schools.

Here are a few major events on the horizon for 2018:
1. The new Brumby Elementary School will open in August
2. The new East Cobb Middle School will open in August
3. Stage 2 of the Walton High School re-build — Fine Arts and Gym
4. Rebuild of Osborne High School
5. A new College and Career Academy facility build will start
6. Major renovations for Campbell and Pebblebrook High Schools will start
7. Rebuild of Harmony Leland and Clay Elementary Schools will start
8. Pope High School will dedicate their new Theater and Gym on January 6th
9. Start of a new Instructional Consolidation facility on the existing and recently acquired Marietta Daily Journal property
10. Rebuild of Eastvalley Elementary School on the existing East Cobb Middle School property
11. Graduation of the Class of 2018
12. Continue the use of technology in the classroom.

School News Recap for 2017 and a Look Forward 1Be sure to thank and compliment our Principals, Assistant Principles, Teachers, and Support Staff for a job well done and that they are appreciated.

This article was written by  Cobb County School Board member David Banks. It was originally published in his E-newsletter (1/1/2018).