Empowering Students to Stay in School
• Individualized student support to overcome academic and non
• Targeted Programs for at-risk student groups
• Whole School Support
• Basic Needs
• College/Career Readiness
• Financial Literacy
In the U.S. approximately 1 in 6 children under the age of 18
live in poverty, shouldering more than they should have to.
Communities In Schools works directly inside schools,
building relationships that empower students to
succeed inside and outside the classroom.
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Westside Elementary School would receive a $11.5
million schoolwide renovation, as would Hickory Hills
Elementary for $6.1 million, Sawyer Road Elementary
for $5.95 million and the Marietta Center for Advanced
Academics for $3.6 million.
Chuck Gardner, the district’s chief operations officer,
said 52% of students in the district would see their school
get a full renovation through the ED-SPLOST VI project
list. He said attention would likely turn to a Marietta
Middle School renovation, a much larger undertaking, in a
later round of SPLOST funding, should voters approve it.
Marietta High’s baseball and softball stadiums would
get turf and facility improvements for a price tag of $1.66
million, and a $200,000 video scoreboard would be
installed at Northcutt Stadium.
Money would also be put into security upgrades,
instructional materials, copiers and administrative or
Marietta Schools Chief Operations Officer Chuck Gardner
explains the improvements inside the Marietta Middle School
auditorium as seats are taken out of the floor.
Since voters approved the first Special Purpose Local Option
Sales Tax in 1998, the Cobb County School District has seen
the following developments through 2020:
- 32 new schools
- More than 3,300 new classrooms
Millions of dollars in curriculum development, technology
and security upgrades, including lighting, fencing and
video surveillance cameras
- Hundreds of maintenance and infrastructure improvements
Reduction of dependency on portable classrooms
Special to the MDJ — Dr. Jaha Howard
The new Susan T. Pearson Middle School in Smyrna
opened in August 2021.