This Week's Marietta Matters Newsletter



December 2, 2016



Dr. Rivera Named as MCS Superintendent

Marietta Board of Education 

Names Dr. Grant Rivera as Superintendent

Rivera, Current Chief of Staff — Cobb County School District

The Board of Education of City of Marietta announces the appointment of Dr. Grant Rivera as the new Superintendent Grant RiveraSuperintendent of Marietta City Schools (MCS). This announcement followed a unanimous board vote at a special called board meeting this morning. Dr. Rivera, currently the Chief of Staff for Cobb County School District (CCSD), will take over as MCS Superintendent effective January 1, 2017, immediately following Dr. Emily Lembeck’s retirement effective December 31, 2016. 

“Dr. Rivera's overall experience, his understanding of the Cobb/Marietta Community and his passion to be a collaborative superintendent for Marietta made him a strong candidate from the beginning,” said MCS Board Chair Jason Waters. “We believe he has the expertise to work effectively with the board, the staff, and community to lead Marietta City Schools.” More>>

Choice Academies

District Opens Application Window

Elementary Choice Academies Program



School Nutrition Wins State Award

Marietta City Schools Receives Golden Radish Award 

for Farm to School Accomplishments


Marietta City Schools was recognized with the Golden Radish Award at the Bronze level for their accomplishments during the 2015-2016 school year. The Golden Radish Award publicly recognizes school districts for all aspects of farm to school, including local food procurement to hosting taste tests to gardening with students. The Georgia Departments of Agriculture, Public Health, Education, and Georgia Organics recognized MCS’ School Nutrition Department at the Georgia State Capital for the following qualifications:

  • Over 500,000 school meals featured a locally grown product!  Hickory Hills Elementary was a Georgia Grown Test Kitchen site, which enabled students and staff to sample recipes featuring locally grown fruits and vegetables and provide input on the recipes.
  • Three schools have class composting programs. Parents, teachers, and students collect food waste and students learn about reducing waste and making healthy soil.
  • Kennesaw State University Students for Environmental Sustainability built an outdoor classroom at the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics (MCAA). Kennesaw students taught MCAA students lessons on sustainability and sustainable gardening techniques. Students also made salsa from their themed salsa garden.

Pictured from Left: Public Health Commissioner Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, State School Superintendent Richard Woods, Marietta City Schools Nutrition Director Cindy Kanerek Culver, Assistant Director Adrienne Holloway, Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black, and Georgia Organics Executive Director Alice Rolls​



Parent Feedback for School Climate

Georgia Parent Survey

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Mark Your Calendars

  • December 9                Superintendent Retirement Reception


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