BOE conveys land to Commissioners for pool

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ELLIJAY, Ga. – Following a resolution to expedite construction of a new pool, many citizens are still calling to know where this pool will be built. Suggestions have pointed through most of the BOC’s talks at property next to the ball fields at Clear Creek.

Those indications and rumors were confirmed this week with an executive session for the Board of Education that culminated later in their regular meeting with a vote to donate land to the county for this use. The vote for this resolution came strangely, however, as the second for the motion came from boardmember Tom Ocobock who then, after no board discussion was raised, voted no. The final vote for the resolution was 4-1 to authorize Superintendent Dr. Shanna Downs to initiate the paperwork to convey 30 acres to the Board of Commissioners.

This vote came shortly after a public comment by Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlie Paris addressing a different comment made by one of the other Commissioners to make the BOE pay for the construction of the pool. Paris said the BOC has not considered this option and wouldn’t consider the option. Further, he noted that the comment should not have been made by a board member who did not have the authority to make the comment. He apologized for the comment noting that he wanted to avoid a return to “open hostility” between the two entities that has been the status of their relationship in the past.

The BOC is moving forward with construction, now with this resolution, it seems that the pool will be constructed at the Clear Creek location.

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*Updated* Gilmer Sheriff issues BOLO for Fleeing Felony Offender

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***UPDATED BOLO – Fugitive JEREMY CRUSE from Walton County has not been located yet, but we are still actively searching today. A female passenger that ran was taken into custody yesterday and is currently in the Gilmer County Jail.

As a reminder, please keep your homes and cars secured and locked. Continue to be on the lookout and if you see anything suspicious, please call 911 immediately.

5/1/19         9:38am #gilmersheriff

 

 

Gilmer County, GA

***BOLO – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Earlier this afternoon, Sheriff’s deputies, along with Ellijay PD and Georgia State Patrol, were involved in a police chase with a 2010 red Ford Fusion allegedly driven by JEREMY CRUSE, age 34. After the chase ended on Gentry Drive up behind the Gilmer County Emergency Room/Nursing Home, the suspect ran on foot into a wooded area. It was learned that the subject has active felony warrants out of Walton County and is currently being sought by the Walton County GA Sheriff’s Office.

Currently, the Emergency Room, Nursing Home, and all schools in the vicinity including Gilmer High School, Middle School, and Mountainview Elementary, are on lockdown for safety of the public.

If you see this individual, use caution and do not approach, and call 911 immediately.

5:40pm #gilmersheriff

BOE approves new supplement and schedule

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Gilmer BOE 2019

ELLIJAY, Ga. – Coming one month after the school system updated its coaches supplemental salaries policy, the Board of Education is adding an assistant cheerleading coach position for Clear Creek Middle School (CCMS).

Adding the supplement of $750, Gilmer Schools Superintendent Dr. Shanna Downs said the need comes from the head coach also coaching soccer and needing a second to help fill in when necessary as she balances the two positions.

This was one point of discussion in March between certified assistant coaches versus lay coaches. A fully certified assistant does not need to be supervised. It was part of District Athletic Director Rodney Walker’s comments for the policy changes saying that the change limited lay coaches in favor of certified personnel.

Additionally, the board later approved the Fiscal Year 2020 Academic and Activity Supplements Schedule for the coming school year. Athletic Supplements were previously approved in March.

The Board also approved this month’s Personnel with six resignations and two retirements. The school system has already completed approvals of administrative renewals and certified staff earlier this year to aid in hiring new staff that are also found in the personnel report.

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Seamless Summer could see decline without volunteers

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ELLIJAY, Ga. – As Gilmer Schools and their nutrition department gear up for the coming Seamless Summer Program, Nutrition Director Linda Waters brought an unfortunate report to the School Board.

With a little over a month left to prepare, the School System still has not filled volunteer positions for every location they are running. According to Waters, they have already committed to the sites of First United Methodist Church, Tower Road, the Health Department, and the Boys & Girls Club.

However, in addition to the need for more volunteers, Waters said that the Mulberry Apartments site still doesn’t even have a sponsor. Waters also went on to say that they have come to understand a need at the Lakeside Trailer Park. Without sponsors, the risk is possible that the Seamless Summer Program could see these sites missing this year, leaving the need unanswered.

The main site of the program will see Gilmer Middle School serving as the prep center and “central hub” of the program that also serves summer clubs and camps as needed.

Having become an annual event, Waters noted this could be the first time in years that they might not have a presence at Mulberry Apartments. This could be a sign of decline in the community without sponsors and volunteers to oversee and manage what could be a growth in the program if the schools could open a new location at Lakeside as well.

Waters also delivered a new flier asking for additional volunteers for the program as she continues seeking those who might serve.

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Gilmer Schools Kindergarten enrollment guide

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ELLIJAY, Ga. – Enrollment for Gilmer Schools Kindergarten classes is coming up very soon for parents. The Gilmer County School system hopes to remind families of these times and guidelines for those wishing to register and prepare for the coming year.

Gilmer County Schools Kindergarten Enrollment

Central Enrollment Hours for Kindergarten Students
April 8, 2019 – April 12, 2019
Monday – Friday
7:30 – 11:30
12:30 – 4:00

Please call 706-276-5000 for a registration appointment.

  • On the Gilmer County schools website – www.gilmerschools.com, you will select Parents, then New Students for the enrollment forms.
  • Download the “Central Registration” and “Records Request” forms at the bottom of the page.
  • Gather and sign the required documents.
  • Fill out the online enrollment application on the website.
  • Once the online form is complete you will need to call and make a registration appointment.
  • On the day of your appointment, please bring the required documentation with you to the Gilmer County Schools Administration and Technology Office (ATO).
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment.

If you do not have a computer to fill out the online application:

  • The forms (Central Registration and Records Request) are available at the Gilmer County Schools Administration and Technology Office (ATO).
  • You may pick up these forms and take them with you to complete.
  • Please call and make an appointment before returning with the completed forms.
  • On the date of your appointment, please bring these forms and the required documentation with you.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes early to complete the online form at the ATO.

Administration and Technology Office
134 Industrial Blvd
Ellijay, Ga 30540
706-276-5000

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GHS Threats see arrest

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ELLIJAY, Ga. – Reports are coming in after school today as a student began threatening Gilmer High School.

According to confirmation from the Gilmer School System, a parent reported the threats to administrators who promptly contacted authorities.

The Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office quickly investigated and arrested the individual. Additionally, the Sheriff’s Office will also have extra staff monitoring the High School on Wednesday, March 27.

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Calendar decided in March BOE

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ELLIJAY, Ga. – Gilmer County’s School System is ready for the 2019-20 school year as it ended one of the longest processes it undergoes in preparation: the system calendar.

As with every year, the school calendars have been prepared by each school and put to vote from the public as a whole to decide the actual school calendar. This year, Gilmer Middle School’s proposed calendar won the vote with 49.8 percent of the total 1,725 votes cast.

GMS has actually had the winning calendar for the second year in a row now. Based on the traditional 180 days for students, the calendar will serve as the basic skeleton for all school activities and functions.

Calendar 1 from Gilmer High School’s Calendar received 10.6 percent of the vote.

Calendar two from Ellijay Primary School received 17.97 percent of the vote.

Calendar three from Clear Creek Middle School received 7.3 percent of the vote.

Calendar five from Ellijay Elementary School received 3.36percent of the vote.

Calendar six from Mountain View Elementary received 11.3 percent of the vote.

The calendar is as follows:

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Gilmer Schools earn 100 on Health Scores

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ELLIJAY, Ga. – Walk into a restaurant and check the health scores, chances are, you won’t see a lot of 100’s. Sure, you will, hopefully, see a lot of high 90’s scores, but not that elusive 100.

This week, however, the Gilmer County School’s Nutrition Services not only managed to score a 100 in the latest health inspection, but they found that score in every school within the system.

Each of these inspections came within the last two-and-a-half months for Gilmer Schools as Ellijay Primary was inspected on January 11, Ellijay Elementary was inspected on January 17, Mountain View Elementary on February 11, Clear Creek Middle on February 18, Gilmer Middle on February 28, and, finally, Gilmer High inspected on March 8.
While this is not the first time the Gilmer Schools have ever made this accomplishment, it is no less a feat according to Gilmer County Schools Nutrition Director Linda Waters, who said, “I am extremely proud of all of our school nutrition staff for achieving perfect health inspection scores.  It is a difficult challenge, but they work hard daily to maintain the highest food safety standards.”
The staff she praised for their dedication includes 37 employees spread over all six schools. The school systems employ nutrition managers who determine cleaning schedules, ensure proper food and storage temperatures are recorded, and that employees follow all HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) standards. Waters notes that these managers are all ServSafe certified.
ServSafe is a program run by the National Restaurant Association. According to their website:
As the premier provider of educational resources, materials, and programs to help attract and develop a strong industry workforce, ServSafe has been the restaurant industry’s leading association since 1919 and, together with the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation, our goal is to lead America’s restaurant industry into a new era of prosperity, prominence, & participation, enhancing the quality of life for all we serve.
Gilmer County Schools Superintendent Dr. Shanna Downs also praised the efforts of Waters and the nutrition staff saying, “We are so proud of the cleanliness and food quality of our schools cafeterias.”
It’s not all focused on the scores, however, as Waters has been reporting increases to student participation in breakfasts in the schools as well as a more positive response to the menu from students since the start of the 2018-19 school year.

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