Publisher’s Note: the strength of our community


On August 15, approximately 36,000+ East Cobb children will head back to school. Education is a top priority, a shared value, in East Cobb County. It is our community’s strength. The reputation of our public schools’ top test scores and quality learning environments draws people to East Cobb. Even if you don’t have a child in school we all have a stake in our community’s  educational system— from our property values to future leaders to future employees.

On pages 6 -16, we pulled together those education stats, school by (East Cobb) school- which provides evidence for East Cobb’s great reputation for its schools. While the test scores offer a quick take that helps parents and teachers measure a school’s success, it is important to note that beyond the rankings, each school needs to be assessed for other qualities, such as: strong school leadership, parental and community support, creating an environment where students can learn and grow, access to up-to-date textbooks and technology.

I have three children attending schools in East Cobb: Lee will be a sophomore at Walton High School; Nikos will be an eighth-grader at Dickerson Middle School; and, Eleni will be joining her brother at Dickerson–so I have a very personal interest in the information presented in our Back to School Guide!

I understand the test scores and school’s stated goals are starting points to evaluate a good school for my child/children to attend. But more importantly, I am able to collect on-the-ground intelligence by attending PTA meetings, volunteering in the classroom, and/or bumping into moms at lunchroom visits. Like a lot of moms and dads, I am constantly making sure my son or daughter is in a place where they experience the excitement — and the relevance — of learning, and where the next generation of intelligent, hard-working, disciplined leaders is being nourished.

When deciding to dine out, I hope you’ll refer to our 15th Annual Dining Directory (pages 34-47) for inspiration. With every restaurant in East Cobb is listed, you’ll discover that a special evening or a night out with friends can be enjoyed right around the corner.

Here’s to a successful school year and delicious diversions!

Cynthia M. Rozzo

23Reprinted from the August 2012 issue of EAST COBBER. Founder and president of EAST COBBER, Cynthia Rozzo, created the free monthly publication, EAST COBBER, in 1993 to serve East Cobb County residents by providing a forum for them to share their ideas and a source for them to learn more about their community. Ms. Rozzo is also the proud producer of the annual EAST COBBER Community Parade and Festival. An East Cobb County resident since 1991, Rozzo lives in the Park Ridge subdivision with her husband, George Haralabidis, and three children, Lee, Nikos, and Eleni.

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