More than 8,000 contracts for nearly 98 percent of certified teachers and certified employees in the Cobb County School District were sent by Feb. 11 - the first in Georgia to receive their contracts. (AJC file photo)

Cobb School District issues teacher contracts first

By Feb. 11, certified teachers across the Cobb County School District received more than 8,000 contracts to help them plan for the 2019-20 school year.

As has been the case for the last number of years, teachers in Cobb are the first in the state to receive their contracts, according to a CCSD statement.

CCSD Deputy Superintendent John Adams said the district is offering contracts to nearly 98 percent of its teachers and full-time certified employees who work for the district.

Those certified employees include teachers, counselors, psychologists and food service directors.

For the third year in a row, CCSD officials issued the contracts to teachers electronically, speeding up the process and saving an estimated $75,000 in time, printing, notarization and distribution costs.

“By offering early, we can identify areas of need, hire the very best and allow our teachers to plan for the next school year as early possible,” CCSD Superintendent Chris Ragsdale said.

“We are making commitments to our teachers and a promise to our students, parents and community that Cobb will continue to be the best place to teach, lead and learn,” Ragsdale added.

For openings, Amanda Shaw and her recruiting team already have begun holding job fairs and are recruiting teachers from major universities around the nation, the statement said.

Information: CobbK12.org

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