Dr. Tracie Doe Appointed Assistant Superintendent, Special Student Services

Per tonight’s board meeting Area Assistant Superintendent Dr. Tracie Doe has been appointed to Assistant Superintendent of Special Student Services.

Click here to view her resume.


Special Education Program Evaluation Mid-Term Report

The agenda for Thursday’s board meeting is posted and Mary Elizabeth Davis is to present a Mid-term Report on the Special Education Program Evaluation to the Superintendent.

  1. Superintendent’s Report
    • Special Education Program Evaluation – Mid-term Report (Mrs. Davis)

And it seems they will appoint the Assistant Superintendent, Special Student Services (previously Carol Seay).

  • Items Requiring Action following Executive Session (if any)
    1. Personnel Matters including:
      • Superintendent’s Executive Cabinet and Assistant Superintendents’ Contracts
      • Appointments
        • Principal, Allatoona High School
        • Principal, Pebblebrook High School
        • Senior Executive Director of Business Services, Operational Support Division
        • Assistant Superintendent, Special Student Services, Academic Division

If you can, please make plans to attend Thursday’s board meeting. It begins at 7 pm.

Georgia House Opportunity School District Hearing Tomorrow, 3/18

Just a reminder that the House will be meeting tomorrow to hear testimony on the Opportunity School District Bill. The meeting will be at 3:00pm in CLOB 606. If you can make it, please let Steven Quinn know. He plans to get there around 2:15pm or 2:30pm to get a seat. If you would like to testify please let him know also.

Steven C. Quinn

CCSD Special Education Parent Panel Interview

I was able to participate in yesterday’s special education parent panel interview.

SRG Technology is conducting an overall program review of Special Education. They have been commissioned by Mary Elizabeth Davis, the Chief Academic Officer to assess how Cobb County compares to other counties both in Georgia and other states. They are about one month in the review process with the hopes of providing a completed report by April.

They are conducting interviews with parents, teachers, superintendent, budget from special education, general budget, and area superintendents.

The objective is to identify good aspects of special education services as well as challenges/issues facing special education families. They will look into the current status, delivery of services, common processes, budget status, and look at comparative data with other district.

At the conclusion of their review, they will identify recommendations for enhancement and improvements.

During the parent panel interview no district representatives were at the meeting. They were looking for specifics from families with experience with the system. Eight parents attended the morning session and two attended the night session.

The fact that only 10 parents participated is of concern considering almost 13,000 students are being serviced with IEPs. Another parent panel interview needs to be conducted and all special education families should be invited. If you are interested in participating I recommend you contact Mary Elizabeth Davis to express your interest and find out if another interview will be conducted.

Please provide comments if you also participated in the interview.

Georgia Department of Education Survey and SAP

Are you a Parent or Family Member of an individual who is receiving special education services and supports in the public school system in Georgia?

GaDOE needs your help to ensure the best education for your child. Please complete the 2015 Annual Parent Satisfaction Survey for Georgia Families Raising a Student with a Disability. Responses will be accepted through May 31, 2015.

Take the Survey today!

Are you a Parent, Family Member, or a Self-Advocate impacted by disability in Georgia?

The State Advisory Panel for Special Education (SAP) is now accepting applications for new members for 2015-2016. The SAP advises the Georgia Department of Education Divisions for Special Education Services and Supports on the provision of special education and related services for students with disabilities.

Applicants must be a resident of Georgia, at least 18 years of age, a high school graduate and meet criteria in at least one of the following categories:

• Individuals with disabilities
• Parents/Guardians of a child with a disability age birth to 26
• Teachers of students with disabilities (regular education and special education)
• Educational administrators
• Representatives of institutions of higher education that prepare special education and related services personnel
• Administrators of programs for children with disabilities
• Representatives of other state agencies involved in the financing or delivery of related services to children with disabilities
• Representatives of private schools and public charter schools
• Representatives of a vocational, community, or business organization concerned with the provision of transition services to children with disabilities
• Representatives from the State juvenile and adult corrections agencies
• Representatives of state and local agencies, including officials who carry out activities of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
• Representatives of state child welfare agency responsible for foster care.

Applications for membership are being accepted through April 1, 2015.

Get your application in today!