Ribbon cutting for College and Career Academy Tuesday

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – The Dawson County Board of Education will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new crown jewel – the 35,000-square foot Dawson County College and Career Academy Tuesday (Sept. 10) at 5 p.m.

The new two-story facility located at the corner of Hwy. 53 and Perimeter Road hosts programs for the high school’s Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) students and some of the classrooms are set aside for dual enrollment opportunities.

The building will also accommodate a full size industrial kitchen, multipurpose meeting room, a health sciences lab with a built-in patient room and hospital beds, and a video broadcasting studio.

There will also be labs for construction and engineering programs, early childhood education, business and marketing as well as outdoor work areas.

The 5 p.m, ribbon cutting will precede the regular 6 p.m. Board of Education meeting.

 

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School Board set to approve millage rate at Tuesday meeting

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – The Dawson County Board of Education will hold a third and final public hearing on the FY 2020 millage rate when it meets in the Board of Education Office, at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Two previous public hearings were held on Aug. 6.

Chief Financial Officer Jamie Ulrich and staff have recommend setting the millage rate at 15.778, the same as it has been since 2016. Keeping the millage rate at the same level will result in a tax increase of .64 percent, resulting in an increase of about $12 on a home with a fair market value of $300,000 and approximately $9 on a home with a fair market value of $225,000.

The public is invited to attend Tuesday’s meeting and speak in favor of or in opposition to the proposed millage rate. The Board approved a fiscal year 2020 total budget of $49,307,237 in June which represents an increase of about $1.5 million over last year with a fund balance of $3.5 million.

Ulrich also will update the Board on school activity funds for 2020 and provide a report for the general fund and eSPLOST.

Tiffany Davis, Executive Assistant to the superintendent, will request Board approval to submit the 2019 GSBA Governance Team of the Year Application.

Superintendent Damon Gibbs will ask Board approval to purchase through Buy Board, a national purchasing cooperative. Buy Board contracts have already been through a competitive procurement process, saving members the time and cost of preparing RFPs and bids.  This provides members compliance with local and state procurement requirements and a documented audit trail.

Nicole LeCave, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning will ask Board to approv nine overnight field trips for several school organizations.

The Board will also adopt a resolution in recognition of the Instructional Technology Support Staff for its implementation of new and updated technology to increase efficiency and improve student engagement.

 

 

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Board of Education will ask voters to approve 2020 ESPLOST in Nov.

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Dr. Damon Gibbs

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – The Dawson County Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to place a $48 million ESPLOST referendum before the voters in November.

The current ESPLOST, which was approved in 2015, can extend through 2021 or until the Board collects $36.5 million, whichever comes first. Superintendent Dr. Damon Gibbs said he expects to reach the $36.5 million limit in late spring or early summer this year.

“The 2020 ESPLOST would be a continuation of the current one,” Gibbs said. “We have to submit the ballot question to the ballot builders by Aug. 5, then we have to publish several notifications in the newspaper and the referendum would be held on Nov. 5.”

If voters approve the one-cent tax, the maximum collectible amount would be set at $48 million and the maximum bonded indebtedness would be $10 million.

Chief Financial Officer Jamie Ulrich presented the financial report for the month of June and the current ESPLOST update.

“Everything on the financial statement is very good,” she said. “We still have about $290,000 in purchase orders open. We still have to get those closed before we are anywhere close to closing out FY 2019.” Currently the report shows $41,672,087 in expenditures and $41,181,337 in revenue.

The SPLOST report for the month of June shows revenue totaled $779,764, which is $143,070 ahead of projections and approximately $57,000 more than the same month last year. Year to date, collections are $27,073,143, about $3 million more than last year.

Renee Rogers gave the Board a review of Camp Invention which was held in June. Camp Invention is a STEM summer program that turns curious students into innovative thinkers. It is a nationally acclaimed program where STEM concepts come to life.

The theme of the 2019 program was Supercharged. Students took on four challenges – Innovative Force, Deep Sea Mystery, Farm Tech and DIY Orbot.

“It was an awesome experience,” Rogers said. “We had eight teachers, two parent volunteers, 25 high school students, five middle school students that worked together.”

Funding for the event was provided by Dawson County Charter Fund, McKinney Vento Scholarship and Nordsen Corp.

 

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Board of Education to review 2020 tentative budget Tuesday

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Dawson County Board of Education members are expected to review and approve a   tentative FY 2020 budget when they meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Board of Education Building at 28 Main Street.

The tentative budget is $50,696,932, an increase of about 3.54 percent from the 2019 approved budget. The school system anticipates revenue and expenditure of $44,659,969 with a fund balance of $6,036,963 to start the year. Approximately $23,465,378 will come from ad valorem taxes.

The largest expenditure anticipated in the FY20 budget is $27,353,151 for instruction, followed by $4,442,191 for maintenance and operation and $3,060,738 for instructional support.

Under Action Items, the Board is expected to approve:

Updates to the Student Handbook;

Per Diem for board members Karen Armstrong, Doris Cook, and Elaine Wilson;

Updates to sick leave payout for retiring or resigning employees.

The Board will also recognize important achievements for educators and students, including:

  • Star Student Will Mulberry;
  • Star Teacher Laura Hendrix;
  • National Distinguished Principal Connie Stovall;
  • District 2019 Young Author Winners;
  • Kilough Elementary School Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Team;
  • DCHS state literary meet competitors;
  • DCHS golf teams;
  • DCHS tennis teams;
  • DCHS soccer teams;
  • DCHS track team

 

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Dawson Board of Education meeting Tuesday

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Dawson County School Board members are expected to vote on several key action items during their March meeting Tuesday, including legislative positions that must be adopted prior to the Georgia School Boards Association meeting in April. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Board of Education Building, 28 Main Street.

Legislative proposals the Board will consider include:

  • An examination of the impact of the five-mil share on local school system funding;
  • Support for a Constitutional amendment to allow local legislation to include maintenance and operations as an allowable use of the Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax;
  • Consideration to offer three high school diploma options: college prep, CTAE and special education;
  • Urging the state to review of the number of assessments required and to limit the number of assessments essential to monitor student learning and inform instruction.

Legislative proposals must be adopted by the Board at an official meeting before the Georgia School Boards Association meeting in April.

District internet use has increased significantly with the 1:1 rollout. The Board will consider two requests for proposals (RFP) that met the criteria for increased availability. Board members will vote on an evaluation team recommendation to approve Georgia Communications Cooperative (NGN) at a cost of $4,100.

A number of teams and organizations will receive special recognition for achievements, including:

  • Students selected for the All-State Chorus;
  • RES Perennial Math;
  • DCMS Robotics Team Recognition;
  • DCHS Boys Basketball Recognition;
  • DCHS Girls Basketball Recognition;
  • DCHS Wrestling Recognition;
  • Positive Behavior Intervention and Support School Awards for FY18;
  •  Maintenance and Custodial RecognitionSupporting Docs/Links attaced to this item;
  • School Board Appreciation

Dawson County High School Art Teacher Jennifer Gray will share how she is using iPads to create innovative, dynamic and engaging art lessons for students.

Dawson County School Superintendent Dr. Damon Gibbs will then present his report before the Board adjourns to go into executive session.

 

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Board of Education to recognize student achievement during the 2018 State Literary Meet

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — The Dawson County Board of Education will recognize outstanding accomplishments by four Dawson County High School students who competed in the 2018 Georgia High School Association State Literary Meet when it meets Wednesday, April 16, at 6 p.m.

Brady Holcomb was crowned state champion in Extemporaneous Speaking, and Kaylie Beacham, Maggie Wright and Piper Wright placed fourth in the trio competition in the event that was held last month at Buford High School. Those students will receive certificates of recognition for their accomplishments.

Board members will discuss Georgia Power’s Learning Power Program. The school system has partnered with Georgia Power this year to bring the statewide education initiative that focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects. The program is designed to bring energy education to classrooms at no cost to schools.

The goals are to contribute to students’ academic achievement, bring energy efficient concepts to students and teachers and build awareness of careers in the electric energy industry.

Education Coordinator Jennifer Chapman, who has visited classrooms in the district to present special hands-on STEM-related lessons throughout the year, will present an overview of the program and share highlights from her experiences working with the students of Dawson County this year.

The board also is expected to approve one field trip for 20 students and three chaperones to attend the Summer Future Farmers of America (FFA) Leadership Camp in Covington June 18 through 22 and another for FFA state officer candidates April 20 and 21 in Fort Valley, Georgia.

 

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Wade seeks flexibility in education tax spending

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William Wade

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Board member William Wade made a plea during Monday’s Dawson County Board of Education meeting for citizen support of HB 781, that would give Georgia school systems more flexibility in spending education sales tax revenue.

The bill, which is sponsored by state Rep. Kevin Tanner, would allow Georgia school systems to amend the existing sales tax to include maintenance and education programs in the authorized purposes for expenditures. If approved in the General Assembly, the bill would have to be approved in a referendum by Dawson County voters to be enacted.

The bill received a favorable report in a House committee on Feb. 8.

From left, the spelling bee champions, Clara Baldwin, Briana Escoto, Eva Fulmer and Brandon Cramer.

Wade told those in attendance, “It wouldn’t hurt to call the Speaker (David Ralston) and let him know you are in support of that legislation. If you’re not supportive, it won’t hurt my feelings if you didn’t call.”

Aside from Wade’s comment, most of the meeting was devoted to recognizing outstanding achievements by students and staff.

The Dawson County seventh grade girls’ basketball team received special recognition for posting an 11-1 record and winning the Mountain League Championship.

Dawson County High School students Amber Autry and Rob Cox were honored for their outstanding performances at the Future Farmers of America (FFA) state competition. Autry finished second in Area 1 and third in state in Floral Design. She also had the highest score on the written exam.

Priscilla Taylor, middle, awards HOBY plaques to outstanding students Taylor Daniel, left, and Braxton Zeidler.

Cox was second in Area 1 in Electrical Wiring Problem Solving. He also finished second in Area 1 and fourth in state in Lawn Mower Safety and Operations and had the highest individual score in Dairy Evaluation.

Riverview Elementary School was recognized for receiving the Georgia Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) Platinum Greatest Gains Award.

School and system spelling bee winners recognized included Briana Escoto (Robinson Elementary), Clara Baldwin (Kilough Elementary), Bella Boyd (Blacks Mill Elementary), Eva Fulmer (Riverview Elementary), Noah Smith (Dawson County Middle) and Brandon Cramer (Dawson County Junior High). Baldwin was the system winner and Cramer was named alternate.

The board also honored its school counselors: Sabrina Graves  (School Social Worker), Beverly Maloney (Homeless Liaison), Jordan Lefevre (Black’s Mill Elementary), Nicole Purdy  (Kilough Elementary), Jeremy Lavender (Riverview Elementary), Lance Stiffler (Robinson Elementary), Pat Finn (Hightower Academy/Dawson County Junior High), Brian Flath (Dawson Middle School), Becca Wilson (Dawson County Junior High), Cherie Ferguson  (Dawson County High) and Kate Jarrard (Dawson County High).

Priscilla Taylor, of the Dawson County Womens’ Club, presented the club’s Hugh O’Brien award (HOBY) to Taylor Daniel and Braxton Zeidler.

 

 

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Hall County YMCA to Provide After School Care

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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.

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