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School board one step closer to new home

A deal to relocate the Dawson County Board of Education's central office to downtown Dawsonville could close next month.

During its meeting Monday night, the school board voted 3-0 to approve a contract with Community & Southern bank for the two vacant buildings at 28 Main St.

April 17, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Education


Monthly luncheon recognizes educators

Each year, staff from Dawson County public schools nominate a teacher they feel exemplifies that special "teaching spirit."

At the monthly Dawson County Chamber of Commerce luncheon on April 11 at the Lakeview Center, seven local teachers were presented to attendees and their peers.

April 17, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Education


Focus is the kids

The track at Riverview Middle School was awash in a sea of bright blue shirts Thursday as the 2013 Dawson County Special Olympics got under way.

"We are part of a group called Connectability that's a partnership between Lumpkin and Dawson counties," said Tricia Owenby, a special education teacher at Riverview and the school's Special Olympics coordinator.

April 17, 2013 | | Education


Elementary schools begin kindergarten registration

Friday is kindergarten registration for Dawson County schools.

Kindergarten registration will be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., April 12 at the Rock Creek Park Gym. Registration will be for Black's Mill, Kilough, Riverview and Robinson elementary schools.

April 10, 2013 | From staff reports | Education


‘Gold star’ squad

The Dawson County High School JROTC has a new badge to proudly display on cadets' uniforms.

The program was named an "honor unit with distinction," the highest award given, during a March 28 regional formal inspection.

April 10, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Education


JROTC cadets attend ball

The Lakeview Center was a sea of army green as Dawson County High School JROTC cadets gathered in formal dress for the third annual JROTC Military Ball.

The March 23 event saw a turnout of more than 150 people, including cadets, students, parents and faculty.

April 03, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Education


Special Olympic Games comes to Dawson County

Athletes from both Dawson and Lumpkin counties will gather next week at Riverview Middle School to compete in this year's Special Olympics.

The games will be held for the first time at the school from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 10 at the middle school.

April 03, 2013 | | Education


High school chorus named ‘superior’

Not many people are fond of being judged by professionals, but the Dawson County High School Chorus had nothing to worry about last week in Habersham County.

According to director Spencer Wright, the results at the state evaluation "couldn't have gone any better," with all three judges giving the chorus "superior" ratings in every area they were judged.

March 27, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Education


Vandiver exits Lanier Tech after 37 years

OAKWOOD - Telling stories and giving gifts, friends, colleagues and former bosses of Lanier Technical College President Russell Vandiver paid homage March 22 to the longtime campus leader and economic development guru.

Kenneth Breeden, who led the school from 1975 to 1984, said that when he heard that Vandiver had been named president in September 2010, he thought "lucky Lanier Tech."

March 27, 2013 | By Jeff Gill DCN regional staff | Education


Elder to serve as acting president

Laura Elder has been chosen as acting president of Lanier Technical College following the retirement this week of Russell Vandiver, TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson announced today.

March 20, 2013 | From staff reports | Education


Art showcases kids of all ages

With last week being proclaimed Exceptional Children's Week by Mayor James Grogan, Dawson County schools have gathered work from several young artists across the county to showcase their skills.

The March 8 show, which was held at the Dawson County Library, displayed art and writing from special needs students ranging from elementary, middle and high school levels.

March 13, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Education


‘Whole town was proud’

Dawson County turned out in droves to support the Lady Tigers in the team's road through the state basketball playoffs.

And while the title eluded them, they will always be winners in the eyes of the community.

March 13, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Education


School board in talks to purchase buildings

The Dawson County school system's central office may soon relocate downtown.

The local school board came out of executive session Monday night and announced its interest in buying 2.5 acres at 28 Main St., the former home of Community & Southern Bank.

March 13, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Education


Finalists named for next Lanier Tech president

A technical college president and two vice presidents are the finalists to become the next president of Lanier Technical College.

March 06, 2013 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | Education


School budget anticipates another hit

The budget was at the forefront of the many topics the Dawson County Board of Education discussed during its annual retreat last week.

While the 2014 fiscal year budget has not been set, it's expected to total about $32 million, which would be a drop of about $3 million from the current year's budget.

March 06, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Education


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Board announces school makeup days

With ice and snow hitting Dawson County during January and February, students and teachers missed almost two weeks of school.

"As you know, this winter has been especially harsh, which has resulted in nine days of absences due to the inclement weather...," said Dawson County School Superintendent Keith Porter in a letter addressed to parents dated Feb. 21. "The difficult situation with missed days is made worse due to the fact that we started the year two days short of a full student calendar due to budget."

February 26, 2014 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | Education


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