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School board announces Lecave as superintendent finalist
Nicole Lecave

The Dawson County Board of Education has officially announced Nicole Lecave as the finalist for the district superintendent position, according to a release by the school system. 

Lecave, who currently serves as the deputy superintendent, has been employed by the school system for 23 years, 14 of which have been in a leadership position, the release said. 

“At both the building and system levels, she has led teams of teachers, administrators, and support staff in high levels of academic success and has led key initiatives that have contributed to the school system's growth,” the release said. 

During Lecave’s time with the district, a lot has been accomplished in the system, the release said. Dawson County schools have been in the top 10 percent on the college and career performance index, and district elementary and middle schools have remained in the top of the region of 14 North Georgia counties for performance. 

“Elementary schools have been aligned; standards-based grading has been initiated; grades six-twelve have been realigned; graduation credits earned by eighth grade students and dual enrollment programs have substantially increased; data-driven professional learning, common assessments, and formative assessment tools have been created,” the release said. “There are more accomplishments that could be listed, but the list is long.  All have brought success to Dawson County Schools.” 

In her current role as deputy superintendent, Lecave works closely with Damon Gibbs, the outgoing superintendent, in all areas including facilities, finance, transportation, maintenance, personnel and nutrition. 

“She understands the school system's goals and will ensure continuity and a smooth transition for our staff and students,” the release said. 

The release added that the growth in the county and the subsequent growth in the school system create the need for a leader who can maintain the core values of the system while at the same time embracing the growth and finding ways to benefit the students. In selecting Lecave as the finalist, the board believes that she will work to accomplish these goals. 

“In her bio, Ms. LeCave stated two principles upon which she has built her career: serving others and adding value,” the release said. 

According to the release, the board of education has been working to establish a replacement for Gibbs since he announced his retirement earlier this year. The board members unanimously agreed to select Lecave as the finalist and believe that she is the right person for the job, the release said. 

"I am confident that with our selection of Ms. LeCave, we have identified the right person to lead our school district,” Dawson County Board of Education Chairwoman Elaine Wilson said in the release. 

According to state law, the board must wait a minimum of 14 days from announcing a finalist for superintendent to making the appointment official, the release said. 

The board’s next work session is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 4, at 5 p.m. The board is expected to vote on the superintendent position at that meeting.