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Class Notes: Hall principal visits Brazil

POSTED: August 11, 2014 1:00 a.m.

David Moody, principal of World Language Academy, is in Brazil as part of an administrator exchange program.

The Educational Seminar Exchange Grant for Administrators is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the National Council of State Secretaries of Education and the U.S. Embassy Brasilia Public Affairs Section.

The exchange began last October when two school administrators from Brazil visited Hall County for two weeks to tour schools and learn about academic practices. During the trip, they shadowed administrators at World Language Academy.

Now, Moody is visiting Brazil with eight other principals and superintendents from the United States. At the end of the trip, Moody will make a presentation to 150 Brazilian school administrators at a leadership seminar.

“So far it has been an amazing trip as I have spent time talking in the U.S. Embassy with various leaders about education,” Moody said in an email.

Building code changes for county, city schools

Hall County and Gainesville school officials said recent changes to the school building code are not likely to have a significant impact locally. The change, made by the state legislature, lifts a rule barring the use of wood in construction.

Adrian Niles, maintenance and operations director for Gainesville schools, said while “it’s nice to have the option,” no plans are in place to take advantage of the change.

Matt, facilities and construction manager for Hall schools, said the district typically does not use load-bearing construction, including wood construction, in its schools because it makes moving walls and other remodeling more difficult. He said it is unclear whether wood construction would offer any cost benefits. But Cox, like Niles, said it’s nice to have the option.

Staff changes underway at Brenau University

In anticipation of a $40 million fundraising initiative, Brenau University has made some staffing changes in its office of external relations.

The university is preparing to begin its public phase of fundraising campaign, which is the largest fundraising initiative in its history. The campaign will support scholarships and fellowships as well as health and women’s education.

Ben McDade of Suwanee has been appointed director of development. McDade comes to Brenau from Baptists Today News and Nurturing Faith Inc. in Atlanta, where he served as executive vice president.

The school also made two internal staffing changes in anticipation of the fundraising effort. Robert Shippey has been moved from the position of vice president for academic affairs and enrollment management to a new position as senior campaign director. The school also expanded the role of Jenny Dell, executive director of alumni and constituent engagement, to focus more on alumni financial support.

Jennifer Jacob Brown covers education issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with her:



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