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Mrs. Vanessa Cass announces the staff member of the month…Congrats to Mr. Joey Sullivan. Mr. Sullivan is the MECHS staff member of the month! Mr. Sullivan goes about and beyond for his students, long after they leave the math room. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to excellence!

Congrats to Kayla Alred! Kayla was the Overall student of the month for March! Also pictured is Vanessa Cass. Mrs. Cass is the senior room teacher/advisor.

 

Parent INFO Night
Parents attended an information meeting tonight to discuss their student’s progress, sign up for the parent portal, and took a parent survey. Parents were also entered in a drawing for restaurant gift cards. Afterwards, parents had a meal and enjoyed cotton candy. Thanks to everyone who came out!

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 Mountain Education Charter High School News

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Tonight was  January’s Attend to Achieve Night, Mr. Palmer gave away an Apple Watch, and gift cards. Students collected tickets over the month for attendance, completion of modules and or courses. Students are rewarded every month for their hard work and attendance with different awesome incentives.

Tonight’s gift card winners: Autumn Holt, Jacob Fullwood, Lauren Newton, and Allison Elliot. Also pictured site administrators: Lori Chastain and Mike Putman.

Gilmer MECHS is proud to announce our staff member of the month, Jan Allen. Jan goes above and beyond to ensure her students know the standards and have great knowledge and love of the content. She works well with her colleagues and students! Jan Allen is pictured with site administrators, Mike Putman, and Lori Chastain.
Gilmer ECHS Students of the Month for each of the following areas, Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies, and overall module completions.  Pictured below L to R:  Lori Chastain, site administrator, Eddie Jackson, Kayla Alred, Kayla Waters, Candelaria Reynso Andres, Elizabeth Corum, and Mike Putman, site administrator.
Mr. Palmer, Gilmer MECH’s Parent Liaison, proudly announced January’s Attend to Achieve Apple Watch winner: Francisco Alonzo.   

 

 We are so proud of our Gilmer MEC Dual Enrollment students who are attending Chattahoochee Technical College Spring of 2019! Good Luck, Haley Miller, Karol Garcia & Emily Powell! You’re going to do awesome things!

Congrats to Sierra Clayton! She scored Proficient on her EOC! Way to go Sierra! As part of Thriving Threads, She received an awesome MEC long sleeve t-shirt! Also Pictured: Building Administrator, Mike Putman
Thriving Threads is an initiative that encourages ALL students to do their best on EOCs. When students show growth and excel, they are rewarded! Congrats to (below L to R) Christian Bramlett, Isaac Mullinax, and Houston Ledford for rocking their EOCs! Mr. Putman, the school administrator, was so proud to give them these awesome sweatshirts for their hard work!
Students Don’t miss this great upcoming event!

Board splits on approval of Foley as principal

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Gilmer BOE 2019

ELLIJAY, Ga. – As the Gilmer County Board of Education went through usual approvals for administration in January for the coming school year, an unusual take on the votes came as Superintendent Dr. Shanna Downs said she was requested to go through approvals one at a time instead of all together.

Those individual votes came so a no vote could be given to Gilmer High School Principal Carla Foley. She was approved in a 3-2 decision with Tom Ocobock and Ronald Watkins as the dissenting votes. FYN later asked these two why they voted no. However, they simply commented that they had their reasons.

Watkins specifically said, “Hopefully, things will straighten up and next year will be a yes vote.” He did note simply that he wasn’t satisfied with the position, declining to explain further.

Ocobock did agree that he wanted next year to be a yes vote, but also declined further comment.

One other dissension came with the Central Administration positions. As Bob Sosebee was recommended for Director of Facilities and Transportation, Ocobock spoke in the meeting saying, “I’m giving him the yes vote, but I want to see marked improvement in maintenance on these schools in this year.”

Ocobock said he has seen trash and alluded to more as he repeated that he wanted a marked improvement.

With these approvals of administration, the Board will move forward next month with recommendations for staff and contracts for the coming school year.

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BOE Preps for 2019 with meeting dates and ESPLOST

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ELLIJAY, Ga. – Despite only being halfway through the school year, the Gilmer Board of Education is already preparing for 2019 and the coming years with two resolutions in their December meeting.

Approving next year’s meetings sets the schedule for 2019 as the Board moves forward. With January set from last year, the board has added it as a note. Different from Monday’s meeting, the board change the work session to Tuesday for January 2020 as the original Monday date falls on Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. These Meetings are:

Additionally, the board has also formally approved a resolution to reflect the county’s elections in November. The results of 7,408 for and 4,432 against set the Board in position for the next ESPLOST Cycle. Though this resolution is officially the next step, Board Members have already discussed speaking with attorney’s about Bonding the next ESPLOST Cycle for the projects listed. As made public earlier this year, the survey results from the public are to also include the new performing arts center among a new elementary school and other projects.

The Board also approved personnel for the month of December. Though many thought this might include a new football coach, none was included. However, Gilmer County Charter Schools Superintendent Dr. Shanna Downs made a special address to the issue that later saw a Special Called Meeting for next week.

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Finance decisions dominate BOE’s July Meeting

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ELLIJAY, GA. – Casting the final vote for the coming ESPLOST, alongside votes on bids and lunch prices, set the theme for the Board of Education’s last regular meeting before school starts back.

As previously reported in last week’s BOE to call for an ESPLOST Election, the survey results were provided to board member along with the choices for the final item on the list of projects. While Gilmer County Charter Schools Superintendent Dr. Shanna Downs reiterated that the priorities of the new ESPLOST will remain with the continuing technology, security, safety, and bus purchases, this sets two major projects into Gilmer County’s Educational future.

Those projects take up two of the five items as set on the official ballot question which reads as:

(a) upgrading the technology used to support teaching and learning at all facilities, including the purchase and
installation of computers, laptops, tablets, mobile devices, servers, wiring, wireless antennas, and other technology upgrades with necessary hardware, software, and programs; (b) the acquisition, construction, equipping, and installation of safety and security equipment to improve security in all facilities located within the School District (c) the purchase of new school buses; (d) the acquisition, construction, and equipping of a new elementaryschool to replace the current Ellijay Primary School; and (e) the acquisition, construction, and equipping of a new performing/fine arts center, all in accordance with the facilities plans of the School District…

The official resolution was approved in a 4-1 vote with board member Nick Weaver as the dissenting vote. With earlier disagreements on which final project was to be implemented and the polled decision leaning towards the Performing Arts Center, this vote count was not entirely unexpected as the board’s poll on the project inclusion was a mirror outcome.

Moving forward with the ESPLOST at this point will see the Board of Education formally submitting their Notice of Sales and Use Tax For Educational Purposes Election to Gilmer County Probate Judge Scott Chastain, as Election Superintendent, to have the referendum voted on by the public in the November 2018 elections. Citizens will take this opportunity to voice their opinions on the ESPLOST and decide on the continuing the already in place ESPLOST for another cycle with its new projects.

Financially, the board is estimating $28 million in collections but is aiming high so as not to have an interruption in collections during the cycle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance discussions continued through the meeting during the board’s nutrition and financial reports. The board voted unanimously to support a recommendation by Director of Nutrition Services Linda Waters to increase staff lunch prices from $3.50 to $3.75 and visitor lunches from $4.00 to $4.25. The quarter increases on each of these follow federal regulations which Waters’ recent changes to menus. She stated in the work session, “By Federal Regulations, we have to charge what it costs us to produce a meal.”

Additionally, the July meeting saw the board vote to approve fuel bids for the year. They awarded Petroleum Traders Corp the bid for diesel and gasoline at $0.0315 over costs of diesel and $0.0196 over costs of gasoline. They also awarded Thomas Oil for Propane at $0.95 per gallon.

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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.

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