Crash claims life of Dawson County High student


Elizabeth Sheer

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – A two-vehicle accident on Hwy. 53 near Buddy Burt Road claimed the life of 18-year-old Grace Elizabeth Sheer Monday morning.

Sheer was a senior at Dawson County High School and the 2017 Homecoming Queen.

A Georgia State Patrol incident report indicated she was driving a 2002 Honda CR-V west on Hwy. 53 shortly before 8 a.m. At the same time, a 2017 Peterbilt tractor trailer, driven by Edwin Thomas Kincannon Jr., was traveling east on Hwy. 53.

Sheer failed to negotiate the curve in the road, over-corrected to the left and lost control of her vehicle. The vehicle then began to rotate counterclockwise and crossed the center line. Sheer’s vehicle entered the eastbound lane of Hwy. 53 and was struck in the passenger side of the vehicle by the front of the tractor trailer.

Sheer’s Honda traveled off the south shoulder, struck an embankment with the rear of the vehicle and came to an uncontrolled final rest facing east on the south shoulder of Hwy. 53. The tractor trailer came to a final rest with the front of the vehicle in the westbound lane of Hwy. 53, while the trailer came to a rest in the eastbound lane.

Kincannon, 42, of Cartersville, was not injured in the crash. Both drivers were wearing their seat belts.

The Dawson County School Board observed a moment of silence in memory of Sheer at Monday’s meeting. School Superintendent Dr. Damon Gibbs said the school’s crisis response team is available to meet with students who need help to cope with the tragedy, and he asked those in attendance to remember Sheer family members in their prayers.



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Hall County YMCA to Provide After School Care


Supt. Dr. Damon Gibbs

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – In an early-morning meeting today, the Dawson County Board of Education voted unanimously to allow Superintendent Dr. Damon Gibbs to sign an agreement with the Hall County YMCA to provide after school care for Dawson County students for the 2017-18 school year.

Commissioners approved per diem for school board members Doris Cook, Karen Armstrong, Elaine Wilson, Roger Slaton and William Wade who attended various events and provided services on behalf of Dawson County Schools.

They also approved an overnight trip for Dawson County High School basketball and football cheerleaders to the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Ga. where they will stay in a UWG dormitory. The cost per student is $300.


School Board Reviews CCRPI Performance at First 2017 Meeting


DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — Dawson County Director of Teaching and Learning Nicole LeCave shared FY16 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) results when the Board of Education met in a work session Tuesday.

In discussing the county’s elementary schools, LeCave said, all elementary schools scored above the state score. Riverview Elementary increased its score from 69.1 in 2013 to 91.7 in 2016 and earned all 40 progress points for the second year in a row. “That is phenomenal,” she said. Blacks Mill increased its score by 6.2 points from last year.

At the middle school level, LeCave pointed out that both middle schools scored above the state score and that the district middle school score is well above state average. She also said that both middle schools earned more achievement points in FY16 than in FY15 and ranked in the Top 5 in RESA district for achievement points.

Dawson County High School scored above state score, earned more achievement points in FY16 than in FY15 and ranked in the Top 5 in RESA district for achievement points.

She also pointed out that the Progress and Achievement Gap is a concern at all levels.

Superintendent Dr. Damon Gibbs was pleased with the results, but expressed frustration in the timing of the release of the information from the state.

“This really speaks about why districts beg the state to give us this data in a more timely manner. We need to be doing this in August and September instead of the middle of a school year. We need to be looking more at trends than a snapshot.”

Jamie Ulrich, Executive Director of Financial Services presented the financial report and eSPLOST report for the month of December.

The Board also discussed approval of a position guide for Chief Operations Officer, Warehouse Courier and Routing Assistant before going into executive session to discuss personnel matters.

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