On Tuesday, December 11, the Gilmer County Board of Education (B.O.E.) returned from executive session to announce the three year contract extension of Superintendent Bryan Dorsey. The contract will be in effect from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2014. The contract has the same terms with no increase in salary and no change in benefits. Dorsey was born in Swainsboro, Georgia. He received a bachelor’s from Auburn University, a master’s from Augusta State University and a specialist degree from Piedmont College. He began teaching in 1990 in both middle and high school levels. He became an administrator in 1997. He was the principal of White County High School from 2005 until October 2010 when he accepted the position of superintendent of Gilmer County Schools.
When asked about accomplishments over the past year and what goals are set for the next three years, Dorsey stated,
“It was a tough accomplishment for all in reducing the system budget this year while keeping almost all of our student programs. Spending more time this year in the schools has afforded me to continue to develop relationships at the building level. I feel refocused on the learning and performance. We will not be able to ignore the budgeting concerns for this next year. However, it is my goal to keep our concentration on the needs of our students while continuing to make sure we have a great place for all of us to learn, work, and enjoy.”
As for the future, Dorsey said,
“It is my desire over the next several years to see that our efforts continue to improve on a culture that assist students in identifying and meeting their goals to enable the pursuit of their dreams.”
He also believes that the future will be bright due to the dedication of the staff and B.O.E. Dorsey added,
“We have many talented people who are eager to reflect on their practices and share with others, and this combination always leads to improvement for all and not just a few.”
Dorsey was pleased with the three year contract extension that mirrored the first year’s contract. When asked about the possibility about possible B.O.E. changes due to upcoming elections over the next couple of years, Dorsey explained:
“Changes might be one of the few constants of education and this area is not exempt. I have been challenged by the current board to do my best with the resources provided to us for our students, staff, and community and would be committed to continuing my efforts should changes occur in the future.”
The Board of Education was contacted about what they liked about Mr. Dorsey’s performance in Gilmer County that helped make their decision to extend his contract.