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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School Board Hires Florida Communications Firm

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DAMON GIBBSDAWSONVILLE, Ga. — Dawson County Board of Education approved spending $27,000 with a Florida-based communications firm during Monday’s meeting in an effort to improve its communications and business partnerships and increase stakeholder involvement.

The company, Voss & Associates, provides services and products exclusively for education and has formed a partnership with the Georgia School Boards Association and Georgia School Superintendents Association to provide economical solutions for school districts.

The agreement was one of seven items to be approved under the Consent Agenda which can be approved by a single vote without further discussion.
Under Action Items, the Board approved a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) of $1.75 million to construct the new JROTC facility and parking lot. The contractor is Carroll Daniel Construction. Superintendent Dr. Damon Gibbs said the parking lot should be completed this school year and the facility by October.

The Board also approved an amendment to the Apple Lease Agreement that will allow the school system to utilize approved ESPLOST funding to lease Ipads for Phase II rollout, which includes grades K-5.

Monday was also a night to recognize achievement within the school system.
Dawson County High School’s girls’ basketball team finished as the region runner-up and earned a fifth trip to the state playoffs where they reached the Elite 8 in the state tournament.

The Tigers’ wrestling team enjoyed an outstanding seaon, posting a 25-8 record, including a win over the North Carolina state champions and had five wrestlers to qualify for the state meet.

The Tigers boys’ basketball team posted a 14-14 record and finished fourth in the district tournament to earn a trip to the state tournament.

The Dawson County High Chorus had five members qualify for the state chorus.
Riverview Elementary School received the Georgia Office of Student

Achievement (GOSA) Greatest Gains Gold Award. Riverside had a three-year average CCRPI progress score in the 97th percentile.

The Dawson County High Chorus had five state qualifiers.

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Board of Education to Vote on Hiring a Florida-based Communications Co.

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DAMON GIBBSDAWSONVILLE, Ga. — The Dawson County Board of Education is expected to vote on spending $4,500 a month to contract with a Florida-based communications company at Monday’s Board meeting. The meeting will be held in the Board of Education Building, 28 Main Street starting at 6 p.m.

If approved, the Board will enter into a six-month agreement with Voss & Associates at a total cost of $27,000 in an effort to improve communications and business partnerships and increase stakeholder engagement.

According to the county website website, Voss & Associates provides services and products exclusively for education and has formed a partnership with the Georgia School Boards Association and Georgia School Superintendents Association to provide economical solutions for districts.

The Board will also vote on the appointment of Roger Slaton as delegate and Karen Armstrong as alternate to represent Dawson County Board of Education at the Delegate Assembly in Savannah on June 9, 2017.

Also on the agenda is a request to approve a milling machine that is no longer being used to be declared surplus and transferred to another Georgia school district. Muscogee County has expressed interest in the machine and the state has approved the transfer

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