Karen Armstrong recently announced that she plans to run for re-election for the Dawson County Board of Education District 3 position in the upcoming election.
“It has been my great honor to serve my first term as District 3 board member and I want to continue to work for the students of Dawson County,” Armstrong said.
Prior to serving as a board member, Armstrong said she enjoyed working with the school system as a parent and becoming immersed in many organizations while her children were in school.
She participated in elementary, middle and high school PTSO and served on several school councils to prepare for her first term, to which she was elected in 2015.
“Two years prior to my first term, I attended the board of education meetings so that I could gain a better understanding of the role of a board member, which is significantly different than a parent’s role in the school system,” Armstrong said.
Armstrong said she is proud of the board’s many accomplishments over the last three years, including lowering the millage rate from 17.246 to 15.778, which is one of the lowest in Northeast Georgia; increasing the graduation rate from 85 percent to 96.7 percent, which is the fourth highest in Georgia; offering more advanced classes to eighth graders; partnering with Mountain Education Charter High School to offer students a non-traditional evening option where they can earn their high school diploma on a flexible schedule; using E-SPLOST revenue to build a 1,000-seat Performing Art Center; building a new JROTC facility and planning to build a new College and Career Academy that will begin in June 2018.
“This new facility will help expand our strong dual enrollment relationship with Lanier Tech and University of North Georgia,” she said.
Armstrong works at the University of North Georgia in the Military Science Department with the Corps of Cadets. She supports UNG students and cadets by helping them through the process of commissioning as a Lieutenant into the United States Army.
“My parent involvement in the school system, my duties at the University of North Georgia and these past three years as a board of education member is why I plan on seeking re-election as the District 3 Board of Education Member and continuing to serve the children of Dawson County,” Armstrong said.
A graduate of Forsyth Central High School, Amrstrong traveled with her husband until he retired from the Army after 20 years of service. The family moved back to Georgia in 2005 to take care of her mother.
Armstrong has two children, Gunnar, 23, and Summer, 20 and a grandson, Waylon. Gunnar will graduate from UNG in May with a business degree and Summer plans to graduate in December 2019 with a degree in kinesiology, with plans for a master’s degree in occupational therapy.
Current at-large board member Will Wade said Monday he will be making the decision soon as to whether or not he will run again. Both his term and Armstrong’s terms expire Dec. 31.
Dawson County is divided into five districts for representation on the board, and members must live in the district they represent but are elected by the county at-large.
Qualifying for the election is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 5-8 and 9 a.m. to noon March 9, with the primary scheduled for May 22. The general election is scheduled for Nov. 6, 2018.
Qualifying will be held at the county board of elections office at 96 Academy Ave. in Dawsonville. Qualifying fees for the two board of education seats are set at $106.