The Dawson County school system has joined the ranks of 13 others in Georgia that have received greater flexibility to govern local education.
Among other aspects, that flexibility could allow officials to examine new classroom settings, sizes and times.
Not only is Dawson County Schools doing its part to battle childhood obesity, the system is being recognized at the national level for its efforts.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation - founded by the American Heart Association and the William J. [Bill] Clinton Foundation - has named three local elementary schools and one middle school recipients of National Recognition Awards.
At the May meeting of Dawson County's Retired Educators Association, President Nicky Gilleland displayed 11 certificates that the unit had been awarded at the annual state convention of retired educators. They included recognition for increase in membership, having a scrapbook of excellence, and maintaining good public relations.
The unit was also commended for providing an annual scholarship to a teacher who desires to further his/her education. The 2011 scholarship was awarded to Torina Walls, who has been working as a substitute teacher and attending Gainesville State College to obtain a degree in Early Childhood Education.
The Rotary Club of Dawson County recently recognized the 2011 Laws of Life Essay Contest winners during a special awards program.
The Laws of Life program is an essay contest promoting literacy and character building, focused on high school students.
Middle Georgia College has announced that a student from Dawson County was honored for scholastic achievement during the spring 2011 semester.
Chad Williams was named to the Dean's List for having at least a 3.5 grade-point average during the semester, while maintaining a full course load.
Dawson County High School student Grant Shope has been recognized as a finalist for the Georgia Governor's Honors program.
In the program, students compete for the opportunity to study in one of seven major areas: English, math, science, social studies, fine arts, agriculture or career technical education.
Waldorf College announced last week that one of Dawson County's own has graduated from the four-year institution.
During the spring 2011 semester, Shawn Matthew Sosebee of Dawsonville graduated with a bachelor's degree in foundations of education.
The Dawson County Library held its second annual Touch-A-Truck program from 10 a.m. until noon May 7.
More than 100 children and their families attended the event, sitting in police cars, crawling through fire trucks and ambulances, exploring an Army transport vehicle, and climbing on a sign truck with a bucket.
Tatum Turner, a junior at Dawson County High School, was named president of the Northwest District of the Georgia Y-Club during last month's Christian Life Conference held in Covington.
Turner has been elected for the upcoming 2011-12 term as one of four presidents serving the four Georgia regions of the Y-Club.
In just a few weeks, a young girl from Black's Mill Elementary will join others nominated from around the country to participate in a leadership conference in Washington, D.C.
Friends and family of Dawson County High's graduating seniors lined up this weekend to watch the young men and women receive their diplomas.
A Dawson County man was recently elected to lead a foundation that supports Lanier Technical College.
Kevin Tanner, 39, who has served as vice chairman of the college's foundation board of trustees for the past 18 months, will begin his one-year term as chairman July 1.
As students prepare to walk down the aisle in their caps and gowns, there's a certain energy that surrounds the week leading up to graduation day, according to Jute Wilson.
"It's a culmination," said Wilson, Dawson County High School principal. "After 13 years of school, just to see the look on the kids' faces ... it's amazing.
When students return from summer break, school lunch will cost a quarter more.
An employee with the Dawson County School System was recently featured online in a national publication that focuses on technology in K-12 Schools.
Fourth grade teacher Brittany Bronson has just entered her third year of teaching and tears up when she talks about the first class she ever ...
Dawson County High School sophomore Jack Trammell was announced as this year's Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Award winner last week.
During Monday night's meeting, the Dawson County Board of Education unanimously approved the purchase of land on Elliott Family Parkway for future use by ...
The Tiger Den Players of Dawson County High School are ready to get the community into the holiday spirit.
Linda Sperin is crazy about her kids-and not just the ones she brought into the world.
The art students at Dawson County High School are excitedly preparing for the first ever art show in the new Performing Arts Center on the ...
State and local officials gathered early this week to celebrate the successful opening of the Mountain Education Charter High School in Dawson County that is ...
Kilough Elementary School teacher of the year Hillary Mullinax found her calling in an after school program.
Lauren Stephenson has always loved school.
Dawson County High School held its sixth annual Apply to College Day last week and it just happened to coincide with the news that the ...
The excitement over the Community Based Instruction program that began this year at Dawson County High School is palpable-particularly when speaking to the teachers who ...
Dawson County High School partnered with volunteers from Junior Achievement last week to bring a personal finance program to senior students.
The Tiger Den Players had a swashbuckling adventure last week when they took on the one-act play "Sophie and the Pirates" in front of nearly ...
First, second and third grade students at Black's Mill Elementary School got a surprise visit last week that left them each with a brand ...
Students from Black's Mill Elementary School spent last Friday getting a glimpse into the future with their second annual "Crayons to Careers" event.