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Board Taps Ragsdale Sole Finalist for Interim Superintendent

Cobb County Board of Education names Deputy Superintendent for Operations Chris Ragsdale as finalist to take over after Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa leaves at the end of May.

Chris Ragsdale. Courtesy CCSD
Chris Ragsdale. Courtesy CCSD
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As expected, the Cobb County Board of Education on Thursday named Chris Ragsdale as the sole finalist for interim Superintendent of the Cobb County School District, effective June 1, 2014. 

In early February, Cobb Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa informed the school board that he would be stepping down at the end of May.

Ragsdale was appointed to his current role of Deputy Superintendent for Operations in 2011, having served as the District’s Chief Technology Officer since September 2006. 

During his tenure with CCSD, Ragsdale has managed the District’s plant operations, provided oversight for the District’s technology integration, and been responsible for planning and execution of capital projects approved by Cobb voters and funded by the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST).

Prior to joining Cobb, Ragsdale served as Chief Information Officer for neighboring Paulding County Schools, worked in database and network support for BellSouth Telecommunications, and as network manager for IBM. He is 45 years old, holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from Kennesaw State University and is currently enrolled in the executive MBA program at Shorter University in Rome, GA.

Chris Ragsdale will provide familiar, proven, and stable leadership as the Board explores a permanent appointment for Superintendent of Schools. The Board of Education is expected to vote on the appointment during its April 24, 2014 evening meeting.

A video of Thursday's press conference is included with this post.

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