The Dawson County Board of Education approved a resolution last week that will raise local property taxes.
The increase, which the board says will offset an expected budget deficit for the next school year, was approved 3-0 by the board on Thursday. Members Elaine Wilson and Cecil Bennett were not present at the meeting.
According to results released last week, the Dawson County School System was one of the 152 systems, out of 183 systems statewide, that failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress in 2011.
Three of the seven local schools, Dawson County High School, Riverview Elementary and Riverview Middle, failed to meet AYP, putting them among nearly 37 percent of schools statewide.
Brooks Fulford is not your average student-athlete.
A rising sophomore at Dawson County High, Fulford served as the starting varsity goalkeeper last season. He and Sam Edwards combined to set two school records, one for fewest goals allowed and another for most shutouts.
Local schools will hold open house next week in preparation for the beginning of classes Aug. 5.
Black's Mill, Kilough, Riverview and Robinson elementary schools will hold open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 3.
Rick Brownlee has begun his tenure as the new lead instructor for Lanier Technical College's Adult Education Center in Dawsonville.
The former head of the adult learning center in Roswell, Brownlee replaced Kathy Davis who stepped down as lead instructor, but remains a teacher with the school.
The Dawson County Board of Education heard from several community members during the first two of three public hearings on a proposed tax increase July 14.
"I consider everyone on this board a friend," said Chip Pearson, a county resident and former state senator. "And friends don't let friends raise taxes."
A Girl Scout since she was a small child, Becca Bishop is in the final stages of earning her Gold Award, the highest honor in the organization.
One of the requirements for earning the award is to complete a project that has a lasting, positive impact on the community.
GAINESVILLE - Lanier Technical College celebrated its largest graduating class Friday night, conferring 2,028 degrees in a ceremony at Free Chapel Worship Center.
President Russell Vandiver told the class its achievements are "heroic because of your perseverance and determination to complete your programs of study in the worst economy since the Great Depression."
Amicalola EMC's Bright Ideas grant program is a competition designed to reward teachers that take the time to plan, research and put into action a creative learning experience for students.
The 2011-12 school year is the second year for the Bright Ideas program locally, and teachers will see an expanded program that features a budget of more than $60,000 to be distributed among 39 schools, including elementary, middle, high schools and private schools in the Amicalola EMC service area.
Dawson County schools have proved themselves among the brightest in the state, according to preliminary school-level Criterion-Referenced Competency Test results.
Released last week, the school-level results give administrators a more complete look at how individual schools and grade levels fared by subject. The systemwide results were released last month.
The parental pressure of purchasing school supplies will be lessened for some Dawson County families this fall, thanks in part to the efforts of Dawson County Family Connection.
Nancy Stites, coordinator of the organization, received nearly 30 scientific calculators July 7, donated by the Nordon Corporation for the organization's Stuff the Bus school supply drive.
Dawson Community News welcomes Morgan Bennett as the paper's editorial intern for the summer.
A 2011 Dawson County High School graduate, Bennett, 18, said the internship is an excellent opportunity to get more involved and to learn more about her community.
In June, Dawson County Senior 4-H members Madison Adams and Autumn Callahan attended the Georgia 4-H State Council Conference. The annual meeting held at Rock Eagle 4-H Center near Eatonton gathers members from across the state to learn about topics of interest for teens, participate in the Iron Clover competition and elect the Georgia 4-H Board of Directors.
"State Council is a great time for high school members," Ian Cowie, county 4-H agent said. "It brings the best 4-H members together to learn, to share and to have fun."
A delay in the expected cost increase for testing has led more students to seek their GED before year's end.
General Educational Development test-takers currently pay $95 for the full battery of five tests that measure reading, writing, social studies, science and mathematics.
Students returning Tuesday for summer quarter at the local campus of Lanier Technical College began attending classes at a new, temporary location.
With the exception of automotive technology courses, all Lanier Tech Dawson classes for the next year or so will shift to the former Crossroads Alternative School building.
Pre-kindergarten students Tristan Cantrell and Cooper Southers were anything but intimidated last week when they attended the annual kindergarten round-up in the gymnasium at Rock ...
During the April Dawson County Board of Education meeting, Director of Exceptional Children Hershel Bennett recognized the efforts of educators and students across the system ...
Dawson County High School sophomore Matthew Wyckoff recently competed in the Georgia Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) state culinary knife skills event ...
The Dawson County High School Future Farmers of America will host their annual spring plant sale from 2:30-5:30 p.m. on April 10-12 ...
The Rotary Club of Dawson County recently selected Dawson County High School junior Bronwynne Hill as this year's Rotary Youth Exchange student.
Amicalola EMC held its annual youth awards banquet where it awarded $133,000 in college scholarships on March 16.
Flashes popped and necks craned as family and friends tried to get a glimpse of young authors as they stopped to give interviews on the ...
During the March Dawson County Board of Education meeting, the board honored five Dawson County High School chorus students who were recently named to the ...
Schools from all around North Georgia sent their choirs-elementary, middle and high school levels-to the Performing Arts Center on the campus of Dawson County High ...
Dawson County Schools will be offering pre-k registration next week for one class at Kilough Elementary and two classes at Riverview Elementary.
This week serves as the observance of School Board Appreciation Week in Georgia.
The Jobs for Georgia Graduates (JGG) club at Dawson County High School traveled last week to the 2017 State Career Association Conference and the Creative ...
Dawson County High School graduates from the mid to late 70s are invited to a joint class reunion at the end of March.
Stephanie Sosebee, a 2006 graduate of Dawson County High School, recently tried out and made a local pro basketball team called the Conyers Rockets.
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