Ragsdale graduated with bachelor's degree in information systems and a master's degree in educational leadership from Kennesaw State University. He served as the district's chief technology officer until 2014. Ragsdale was named superintendent in February 2015. Read more about him here.
Leadership: Cobb schools is governed by a seven-member board. Read more about its duties here. Board meetings may also be viewed online here.
First day of school: July 31
Labor Day: Sept. 4
Fall break: Sept. 25-29
Student holiday/staff work day: Nov. 7
Thanksgiving: Nov. 20-24
Winter break: Dec. 21-Jan. 3
Number of schools
16 high schools
25 middle schools
67 elementary schools
2 independent charter schools
2 special education centers
1 adult education center
1 performance learning center/dropout prevention and recovery
School lunch menus
Find monthly menus, breakfast and lunch prices and nutritional information here.
Enrollment and information for newcomers:
Find more information, including help for Spanish speakers, here.
2016 school tax millage rate: 18.9
Student Demographics as of March 2017
White - 38.1%
Black - 31.2%
Hispanic - 21.3%
Asian - 5.5%
Multiracial - 3.6%
American Indian -
Pacific Islander -
Graduation Rate: 83.8% (2016)
Estimated percent of children in poverty: 17.4 percent, according to the U.S. Census
You can find information about your school, such as test scores, graduation rates and school climate rating at the Ultimate Atlanta School Guide.
The first day of class for metro Atlanta schools really has gotten earlier. Cobb County students go back to school July 31. Atlanta's first day is Aug. 1. DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett start Aug. 7.