High Schools Named 2011 Georgia Schools of Excellence
Hillgrove High School and Sprayberry High School are among 26 schools to be named 2011 Georgia Schools of Excellence by the state Department of Education. Both Cobb County high schools earned the honor by showing the greatest continuous gains in student achievement over the past three years, based on reading and mathematics performance on the Georgia High School Graduation Test. Each will receive the iconic School of Excellence flag and a $1,000 award check from program sponsor Georgia Natural Gas.
Cobb Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa said, “Having not just one, but two Cobb County high schools recognized for making academic gains is outstanding! The School of Excellence awards reflect three years of hard work and sharp focus on student achievement by the teachers and administrators at Hillgrove and Sprayberry. We are very proud of these schools for earning this prestigious honor.”
The Georgia Schools of Excellence program identifies two winning schools from each congressional district in Georgia: one for the greatest gains criteria, and another for schools in the state’s top 10 percent (also based on state testing results).
Cobb County schools have received 53 Georgia School of Excellence awards since the program’s inception in 1984, including 18 in the past five years.
CCSD Submits Accreditation Progress Report To SACS
The Cobb County School District submitted its Accreditation Progress Report to AdvancED, parent organization for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) on Nov. 30. Earlier this year, AdvancED requested a progress report detailing how the District is meeting specific accreditation standards.
The District earned five-year re-accreditation in November 2009, following an in-depth evaluation by a team of SACS delegates. Accreditation is a critical validation of school operations, and most colleges and universities will accept only students who have graduated from a SACS-accredited school.
In the Know: Bus Traffic Safety Rules
The District is proud to promote "In the Know," a series of informative video shorts featuring important information for students, families and the community. Watch the latest "In the Know" segment about school bus traffic safety rules on the District website.
"In the Know" clips will also air on Cobb edTV, available on Comcast cable ch. 24, Charter cable ch. 97 and AT&T U-verse.
The good news story of SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) continues for Cobb County taxpayers. The following agenda items approved by the Board of Education are SPLOST-related and/or involve the use of SPLOST funds. In November and December 2011, the School Board:
- Awarded Bid 12-15 for Support Vehicles for CCSD Maintenance and Warehouse, to Rush Truck Center and Wade Ford in the amount of $1,726,737.
- Approved award of contract for Construction of Softball & Baseball PE Restrooms, Concessions and Storage Buildings at Allatoona and Hillgrove High Schools to Classic Plains Construction of Marietta in the amount of $497,645.
- Approved award of contract for an Addition and Modifications to Daniell Middle School to Merit Construction Co. of Doraville in the amount of $4,090,000.
- Approved award of contract for Construction of the new Smyrna Area Elementary School to Carroll Daniel Construction Co. of Gainesville in the amount of $19,573,000.
- Approved award of contract for Modifications to Walton High School to Amacher Brothers Construction Co. of Atlanta in the amount of $3,009,500.
- Approved award of contract for an Addition and Modifications to Nickajack Elementary School to Classic Plains Construction of Marietta in the amount of $1,196,500.
- Approved modification of the plan to accelerate SPLOST construction projects. See the agenda item for details.