More than a hundred boy scout leaders and troop members recently gathered at First Baptist Church of Dawsonville for the annual district banquet. Scouts from Dawson, Forsyth and Lumpkin counties, which make up the Northeast Georgia Council, assembled to celebrate their service and accomplishments.
Tony Guisasola, principal of High Tower Academy for nine years, will be retiring as of June 1. Matthew Wark, currently assistant principal of Black's Mill Elementary, will transfer into the vacant position this summer. The Dawson County Board of Education voted and approved the transfer at its March meeting.
The Dawson County Board of Education approved a tentative $35 million budget for fiscal year 2013 on Monday. The proposed spending plan, which contains about $8.8 million in reductions, will be revisited in the weeks ahead before final approval next month.
Riverview Elementary and Dawson County Middle schools were recognized last month for being energy efficient. According to an independent energy audit performed by Energy Designs System Inc., which is based in Michigan, the county's two newest schools are estimated to save more than $35,000 per year each in energy efficiency.
Dawson County High School teacher Beth Hamby, 40, has been working on yearbooks since she was 14 years old. "I am one of those people who got yearbook in my blood and it never went away," she said. "I was a high school editor, a college editor and then when I graduated I worked for a yearbook company."
Nearly 400 family members packed the Dawson County High School commons area Thursday for senior honors night. According to Principal Jute Wilson, the class of 2012 has been awarded about $100,000 in scholarships, more than last year's estimated $65,000. To receive their scholarship certificates, the best and brightest were called up to the stage. Area colleges presented academic scholarships, as did residents and local businesses. Both county political parties also presented ...
To Lance Stiffler, the early career ambitions of today's students can be enhanced by exposure to a wide spectrum of choices. "The main thing us school counselors are teaching [students] in fifth grade is job awareness," said Stiffler, guidance counselor at Robinson Elementary.
Dawson County Special Olympics took more than 50 participants to compete in the Connect Ability local games last week at Lumpkin County High School. Special Olympics, which focus on providing athletic training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, is mostly run through the work of volunteers. The event had more than 20 student volunteers from the high school and middle schools.
The Dawson County Board of Education voted Monday night to trim staff in the wake of ongoing budget challenges for the 2012-13 school year. Four classified staff positions were cut and "absorbed," meaning they will not be replaced, during the meeting.
Principal Jute Wilson said it's always an honor to recognize Dawson County High School's academic elite. "Naming the valedictorian and salutatorian is one of the most rewarding times of the year," he said. "To be recognized as the top academic performer over the course of four years speaks for itself."
Makayla Crowder was shocked and surprised when she was called out of class March 27 by a local deputy. "I wasn't sure what was going on," the Dawson County High School junior said.
Due to rising fees and a tightening budget, the local school system, one of the largest employers in Dawson County, faces staff cuts. "We value our employees very much, and it is very regrettable that our current budget situation has led to such major reductions in staffing," said Keith Porter, system superintendent.
No Dawson County schools were among the 156 recently identified by the state Department of Education as needing extra attention to address floundering graduation rates and breaks in achievement. Labeled as "focus" schools, they are one of the three new designations being used by Georgia and other states that received a federal No Child Left Behind waiver in February.
Dawson Against Substance Abuse, a partner agency with Dawson County Family Connection, recently introduced its first director. Veronica Johnston, who has significant experience with nonprofits, has embraced DASA's expanded vision.
Girl Scouts across the country celebrated the organization's 100 years of service, fellowship and leadership training earlier this month. Joan Bishop, Dawson County Troop 10610 leader, believes Girl Scouts is beneficial in building young girl's self-confidence and encouraging leadership skills.
The Dawson County Board of Education on Monday approved a $32 million budget for fiscal year 2014.
Madison Anglin may only be 10-years-old, but she has a plan for her future.
Dawson County High School's class of 2013 said goodbye to their alma mater Saturday morning as they set off on their "journey of a lifetime."
Three days stand between more than 200 students and the next chapter of their lives.
Friends and family gathered Sunday to honor a longtime Dawson County teacher and member of the Georgia Agriculture Education Hall of Fame on his upcoming retirement.
Upcoming sixth- through ninth- graders interested in learning what it takes to be a firefighter are encouraged to sign up for Dawson County Emergency Services' Junior Fire Academy.
The Dawson County Board of Education on Monday approved a tentative $32.3 million budget for fiscal year 2014, which represents a drop of about $3 million from 2013.
Spaces are quickly filling for Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle's annual junior law enforcement academy.
Fifth graders from across the county graduated as C.H.A.M.P.S. during a ceremony and celebration May 6 at Dawson County Middle School.
The weather may have been chilly on April 27, but the dancing and barbeque helped keep everyone warm.
It was a night of checks, medals and chords for Dawson County High School seniors as students attended an event in their honor.
Two Dawson County stars - one on the basketball court and the other on standardized testing - finished a close race for head of the class after three years of competing.
Members of the local education and historic communities gathered last week as Robinson Elementary dedicated its media center to the memory and life's work of a late friend.
Dawson County High School chemistry teacher Laura Hendrix was recently named 2012-2013 Chemistry Teacher of the Year by the Northeast Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society.
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