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Cherokee County School District, Georgia

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Cherokee County School District
Cherokee County, Georgia
Cherokee County School District logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Frank R. Petruzielo
Enrollment:39,668 students
Graduation rate:88.9%[1]
Number of schools:44
Budget: $424.7 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Janet Read
Board members:7
Term length:4
Cherokee County School District is a school district in Georgia that serves Cherokee County. It is the eighth-largest school district in Georgia, serving 39,668 students in 44 schools during the 2013-2014 school year.

About the district

Cherokee County School District is located in Cherokee County, Georgia
Cherokee County School District is located in Cherokee County, Georgia. The county seat of Cherokee County is Canton. Cherokee County is home to 214,346 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1]


Cherokee County overperformed in comparison to the rest of Georgia in terms of higher education achievement and median household income in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 34.6 percent of Cherokee County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 27.8 percent for Georgia as a whole. The median household income in Cherokee County was $67,928 compared to $49,604 for the state of Georgia. The poverty rate in Cherokee County was 8.4 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2013[1]
Race Cherokee County (%) Georgia (%)
White 89.6 62.8
Black or African American 6.2 31.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.5
Asian 1.8 3.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.8 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 10.8 9.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%) Other Vote (%)
2012 20.2 78.0 1.8
2008 23.8 74.9 1.3
2004 20.1 79.1 0.8
2000 23.6 73.1 3.3

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[3] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


The superintendent of Cherokee County School District is Frank R. Petruzielo, who was appointed to the position in 1999. Petruzielo began his career as an English teacher in Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Florida. He has also served as superintendent in both Houston Independent School District in Texas and Broward County Public Schools in Florida. In 2003, Petruzielo was named Georgia’s Outstanding Superintendent of the Year by the Georgia Parent Teacher Association (PTA); and in 2004, he was the first superintendent appointed to serve on the Georgia PTA Board of Directors.[4]

School board

The Cherokee County Board of Education is a partisan board consisting of seven members elected to four-year terms.[5]

Cherokee County Board of Education
Member Role District Party Affiliation Term Ends
Janet Read Chair 7 Republican 2016
John Arlen Harmon Member 3 Republican 2018
Patsy Jordan Member 2 Republican 2016
Robert Rechsteiner Member 4 Republican 2018
Clark Menard Member 5 Republican 2018
Mike Chapman Member 6 Republican 2018
Kyla Cromer Member 1 Republican 2016

School board elections

See also: Cherokee County School District elections (2014)

Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Five seats were up for election on November 4, 2014. This included a special election for the vacant District 1. Three seats will be on the ballot in November 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The board maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last revised in 2013:

Individuals desiring to appear before the Board must first complete a sign-in sheet, which will be available at the beginning of the meeting. The Superintendent’s designee will provide this form to prospective speakers and be available to answer questions regarding procedures. Any materials the speaker desires the Board to receive related to his/her remarks will be given to the Superintendent’s designee at this time for distribution to the Board.

Speakers will be given three minutes to speak before the Board, with the total time during the Open Session not to exceed 30 minutes and the total time for speakers to one agenda item not to exceed 30 minutes. The 30-minute time limit may be extended with a majority vote of the Board.

If appropriate, the Superintendent will have a response communicated to the speaker.


—Cherokee County School District's website, (2013) [7]


The table below displays the budget for Cherokee County School District:[8]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $235,255,770 57.9% $42,034,348 10.4% $80,810,772 19.9% $47,061,090 11.6% $869,249 0.2% $406,031,229
2014-2015 $246,743,309 58.1% $58,035,897 13.7% $71,118,323 16.7% $47,529,120 11.2% $1,320,886 0.3% $424,747,535
Averages: $240,999,539.5 58% $50,035,122.5 12% $75,964,547.5 18% $47,295,105 11% $1,095,067.5 0% $415,389,382

Teacher salaries

Cherokee County teacher salaries are based on years of service and teacher certification. A teacher can earn higher salaries by pursuing various teaching certifications. The salary schedule also accounts for experience by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries depending on years of service. The following table details the salary schedule set forth by the Georgia Department of Education:[9]

Salary structure
Years of experience Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
0-2 years 31,586 48,213
3-5 years 32,505 52,683
6-8 years 35,550 58,974
9-10 years 38,847 60,743
11-12 years 40,012 62,565
13-14 years 41,212 64,442
15-16 years 42,448 66,375
17-18 years 43,721 68,366
19-20 years 45,033 70,417
21+ years 46,384 72,530

Schools in Cherokee County School District


The district served 14,134 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 7.1 percent increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2014. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2008 and 2014:[10]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2008-2009 37,052 N/A
2009-2010 38,134 3.0
2010-2011 38,567 1.1
2011-2012 38,476 -0.2
2012-2013 39,061 1.5
2013-2014 39,668 1.6

District schools

Cherokee County School District operates 44 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Cherokee County School District Schools
School Name
ACE Academy
Arnold Mill Elementary School
Avery Elementary School
Ball Ground Elementary School
Bascomb Elementary School
Boston Elementary School
C3 Academy
Canton Elementary School
Carmel Elementary School
Cherokee High School
Clark Creek Elementary School
Clayton Elementary School
Creekland Middle School
Creekview High School
Dean Rusk Middle School
E.T. Booth Middle School
Etowah High School
Free Home Elementary School
Freedom Middle School
Hasty Elementary School
Hickory Flat Elementary School
Holly Springs Elementary School
Indian Knoll Elementary School
Johnston Elementary School
Knox Elementary School
L.R. Tippens Education Center
Liberty Elementary School
Little River Elementary School
Little River PreSchool
Macedonia Elementary School
Mill Creek Middle School
Mountain Road Elementary School
Oak Grove Elementary School
Oak Grove PreSchool
Polaris Evening Program
R.M. Moore Elementary School
Ralph Bunche Center
River Ridge High School
Sequoyah High School
Sixes Elementary School
Teasley Middle School
Woodstock Elementary School
Woodstock High School
Woodstock Middle School

Academic performance

The Georgia Department of Education administers annual tests to students in grades three through eight called the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT). These tests assess the proficiency of district students in five academic subjects including reading, English language arts (ELA), math, science and social studies. The CRCTs are designed to measure progress by students in topics covered by the Common Core State Standards. A student meets state proficiency goals with a score of 800 and exceeds state proficiency goals with a score of 850 or higher. The following tables detail the percentage of students who met or exceeded proficiency levels on the CRCTs during the 2013-2014 school year:[12][13]

CRCT Scores, Grades 3-5, 2013-2014[13]
Grade Subject District meets/exceeds standard (%)
3 Reading 95.9
3 ELA 93.0
3 Math 85.6
3 Science 83.1
3 Social Science 86.7
4 Reading 95.6
4 ELA 91.6
4 Math 87.5
4 Science 85.5
4 Social Science 85.9
5 Reading 97.1
5 ELA 96.4
5 Math 92.8
5 Science 88.4
5 Social Science 84.9

CRCT Scores, Grades 6-8, 2013-2014[13]
Grade Subject District meets/exceeds standard (%)
6 Reading 98.6
6 ELA 94.6
6 Math 90.3
6 Science 84.5
6 Social Science 86.4
7 Reading 97.7
7 ELA 96.8
7 Math 94.9
7 Science 91.3
7 Social Science 91.8
8 Reading 98.6
8 ELA 97.2
8 Math 92.0
8 Science 87.6
8 Social Science 90.1

Contact information

Cherokee County School District logo.jpg
Cherokee County School District
221 West Main
Canton, GA 30114
Phone: (770) 479-1871

See also

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