Ragsdale sworn in as Cobb Superintendent
by Haisten Willis
May 02, 2014 04:00 AM | 2995 views | 7 7 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Georgia Supreme Court Justice P. Harris Hines administers the oath of office to Chris Ragsdale for the office of Cobb County School Superintendent during a ceremony Thursday. School Board Chairwomen Kathleen Angelucci holds the Bible for the ceremony.<br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Georgia Supreme Court Justice P. Harris Hines administers the oath of office to Chris Ragsdale for the office of Cobb County School Superintendent during a ceremony Thursday. School Board Chairwomen Kathleen Angelucci holds the Bible for the ceremony.
Staff/Kelly J. Huff
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MARIETTA— In a small ceremony Thursday afternoon, Chris Ragsdale was sworn in as interim Cobb County School District Superintendent.

Using a Ragsdale family Bible, the former deputy superintendent of operations swore a loyalty oath and official oath of county school superintendent before signing the documents. Georgia Supreme Court Justice P. Harris Hines officiated the ceremony in the superintendent’s office.

In attendance were School Board Chairwoman Kathleen Angelucci, Vice Chair Randy Scamihorn, Cobb schools communications director Jay Dillon and school board attorney Clem Doyle, who is also Hines’ son-in-law, among others.

“I do further solemnly swear that I am not the holder of any unaccounted for public money due this state or any political subdivision or authority thereof,” Ragsdale said in making his oath. “I do further solemnly swear that I am not the holder of any office of trust under the government of the United States, any other state or any foreign state which I am prohibited from holding by the laws of the state of Georgia.”

In his loyalty oath, Ragsdale stated officially that he’s a citizen of the United States and he will support the U.S. Constitution and the Georgia Constitution.

Though Ragsdale is not a public official, Dillon said Ragsdale was sworn in because he is in control of public money in his official capacity as interim superintendent.

Ragsdale, 45, was selected from among seven candidates to fill the role after Superintendent Michael Hinojosa announced in February he was resigning effective May 31 to move back home to Dallas, Texas.

Hinojosa and Ragsdale will work together during the month of May as the superintendent job transitions between the two. Ragsdale’s term will run from May 2014 to May 2015. The ceremony took place on his first official day as superintendent.

Whether he will stay on beyond that point remains to be seen. When asked, he said simply, “Time will tell.”

Ragsdale was named the sole finalist for the job at an April 10 press conference. The board had to wait 14 days to make it official because of state law.

With the promotion, Ragsdale’s pay will jump from $135,000 to $185,000. Hinojosa’s base pay was $247,625.

Scamihorn said he’s looking forward to working with Ragsdale now that he is officially the superintendent.

“We’re looking forward to working with the new superintendent and we look forward to reviewing our strategic plan and our goals in trying to move forward to better educate our kids,” he said. “That’s what it’s all about.”

While he was officially sworn in during the small ceremony Thursday, a public ceremony also featuring Hines will take place during the next school board meeting at 6 p.m. May 29.

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People are UNFAIR
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May 21, 2014
Why would you take someone from Paulding county and make him the superintendent for COBB COUNTY! Their are really good candidates here that have worked for the COBB COUNTY school board for a very long time. Maybe you need to slow down and take a GOOD LOOK at what is under you noses! UNBELIEVABLE!! Maybe let us "the people" of COBB COUNTY vote for the SCHOOL superintendent! Oh and the last one came from Texas...what a freaking joke. Who is pulling these people. Why would you bring someone for out of state when there are plenty of people here in COBB COUNTY who need a job REALLY now. Let the people VOTE!!
Outraged Citizen
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May 03, 2014
I'm a CCSD employee with an advanced degree in education. My take home pay each month after insurance is taken out is actually LESS than what Hinojosa's CAR ALLOWANCE is each month - so I'm assuming that is what they are giving Ragsdale too. A $50,000 raise is OBSCENCE and an insult to the educators in our school district. Board Members - I sure hope you were right with this decision because I am heartbroken and extremely disappointed with Ragsdale's appointment.
UNBELIEVABLE!!
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May 21, 2014
I am with you!! They really need to read this comments. That is completely wrong and the man id from Pauling county for goodness sake. That man DOES NOT need a freaking raise!! He needs to stay in PAULDING COUNTY! Cobb County has plenty of good folks that can take that job but NO!!! Got to go out of state for one and out of the county for another! Someone SUCKS!!
anonymous
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May 02, 2014
How appropriate that a lady with a high school diploma holds the Bible for the guy with a B.A. degree in computer technology to be the next superintendent of Cobb County. You just can not make this stuff up.
Omar The Begger
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May 02, 2014
"We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone". This is a quote from Orson Wells and that is something all great leaders must remember. A group can come up with a lot of great ideas but it is up to one leader to bring all of the thoughts together and move forward as one. So it is very lonely at the top remember you are at the top.

Good luck Ragsdale
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May 02, 2014
Good luck. Your first official business should be to move Hinojosa out of his office, give him a cubicle, and let him be on his way. In addition, cut half his staff. Don't take any of his advice! We are excited to have someone new at the top!
Concerned 99
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May 02, 2014
How does a man with no advanced degrees come to be superintendent of CCSD? Amazing.
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