Gilmer Board of Education ends 2017 with little action

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ELLIJAY, Ga. – The Gilmer County Board of Education had little business at its year-end meeting.

Finances became the largest part of the meeting as the board had few other action items to consider. As of the end of October, the Board had a financial statement reaching $3,419,094 of expenditures over revenue. However, not unexpected in October, Gilmer County Charter School System Chief Financial Officer Trina Penland says it was not unusual as November starts seeing property taxes and revenue coming in.

Looking at last year, November saw 42 percent of their revenue collected. The Board then ended December of 2016 with 77 percent of the revenue collected, meaning the board will expect to drastically reduce its expenditures over revenue in the next two financial statements for this year.

While not needing approval, Gilmer County Charter School System Superintendent Dr. Shanna Wilkes provided an  informational report to the board at its work session for purchasing policy.Previously approved, the Gilmer High School Band is continuing with its purchases of new equipment as well as a new truck for the CTAE/ Ag department.

The final item of the night, the board approved Staff Recommendations for December.


Mountain View Elementary/Family Connection donations

Mountain View Elem

​ELLIJAY, Ga. – Mountain View Elementary teachers and staff donated 93 toys to Family Connection. Pictured is Tina Watkins, our school counselor who organized this event. Also pictured is Mr. Larry Naylor, who assisted in getting these toys delivered to Family Connection where they will go out to families in our community.

Gilmer Schools Targeted for Identity Theft?


Forensic investigations have begun in Gilmer’s Board of Education as 56 people have reported incidents of identity theft as they have been filing taxes.

With both the IRS and a private RSM Securites investigation, local school administration has not found any breaches into their system. Officials have pulled email authentication logs, event logs, IP addresses, access logs, and additional files to review, but have not found correlations yet with those affected.

There does not appear to be a specific group affected either as Stuart Sheriff, Assistant Superintendent, Administrative Services, did tell FYN that affected employees have come from different departments, teachers, administrators, and even staff.

Since the investigations are ongoing, no additional information could be provided. However, Sheriff did tell FYN that the investigations are not only searching for the cause, but have also exposed certain vulnerabilities where School Administration has already improved security.

Additional precautions are also being taken according to Superintendent Dr. Shanna Wilkes. And while Gilmer is being affected, no word has come from neighboring counties experiencing similar issues.

While no breach has been found yet, investigations are continuing into all possible connections between those affected.


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