DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – A lifelong resident of Dawson County where her family has lived for four generations, Dawsonville City Councilwoman Angie Smith welcomes the growth that is headed up the 400 corridor. But she is determined to preserve the town’s historic homes and its heritage.
Smith, who is in her first full term on city council, will run for reelection in November.
“If there is a topic near and dear to me, it is the history of this town, revitalization and saving the historic homes we still have left,” Smith said Thursday.
Smith graduated from Dawson County High School then earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in music education from then North Georgia College and State University. After graduation, she accepted a position at Blacks Mill Elementary where she taught music and coached the girls’ basketball team.
There are some ongoing projects – like the new city park — she would like to see continued in a second term.
“The new park can be a great addition, not just to the city but the whole community,” she said.
“I’ve said before if we can complete the downtown revitalization, it will be the single most positive change in my lifetime inside the city limits.”
Another important project Smith wants to see through is the streetscape.
“The sidewalk project that started under the late Mayor Cox has continued under this mayor and city council and it is fabulous. It does a lot to connect the people with the businesses. We still have a long way to go but we have made good progress.”
Smith is married to Scott Smith. The couple has two children, Ethan, age 13, an 8th grader at Dawson County Junior High, and Addison, 9, a 4th grader at Robinson Elementary School.
In addition to her duties on city council, Smith is a part-time employee of her family’s real estate management company and is also the Minister of Music at her church.
Mrs. Arnette is going to be a great addition to our leadership team in Dawson County as the new principal of Robinson Elementary School. She brings with her a wealth of experience from the entire K-12 spectrum and will be instrumental in helping Dawson County continue to strive for academic excellence. Mrs. Arnette will take over the principalship on July 1, 2017.
Page Arnette is a native of Hall County and grew up in the community of Oakwood, GA. She began her teaching career as a high school science teacher. She has taught high school chemistry and physical science as well as served as a school and district administrator in all grade levels, K-12. Prior to coming to Robinson Elementary School, she served students in a variety of areas in Georgia, including Oconee County, Elbert County, Valdosta City, and Forsyth County Schools. From 2010-2012 as Assistant Principal, Mrs. Arnette also helped open Riverview Elementary School here in Dawson County. Although she has worked with students of all ages, her passion is working with elementary children as they experience the excitement of learning and achieve success, in the classroom and beyond.
Mrs. Arnette’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Secondary Science Education from The University of Georgia, a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Clemson University, and an Educational Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Piedmont College.
Mrs. Arnette is married to Jeff Arnette, educator and Head Football Coach at South Forsyth High School. Coach and Mrs. Arnette have two children, Kennedy (13) and Jackson (9). She enjoys watching sports, listening to music, getting outside for long walks, and traveling. Although they have a busy schedule, especially during football season, the Arnettes love spending their spare time together just playing in the yard or visiting with family and friends.