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Class Notes: Gainesville invites community to superintendent search

POSTED: July 17, 2013 1:00 a.m.
/For The Times

Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch and Nath Morris, chairman the Hall County school board, show the 2013 Safe School Leadership Award plaque.

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The Gainesville City Board of Education will hold two focus groups for input on the superintendent search.

The first session will be July 31 at Gainesville Exploration Academy, 1145 McEver Road. The second session is scheduled for Aug. 12 at New Holland Core Knowledge Academy, 170 Barn St. Both will be from 5-7 p.m.

The superintendent will replace Merrianne Dyer, who is retiring after this school year. The school system plans to announce who the new superintendent is in January, and have Dyer work with her replacement through May.

The focus groups will be used for gathering information on what qualifications and characteristics the community would like to see in the new superintendent. That information will be used in the search.

For more information, contact Lynn Jones at 770-536-5275.

Hall County accepts national Safe School Leadership award

Hall County school board Chairman Nath Morris and Sgt. Earl Roach, coordinator of safety and emergency preparedness, accepted the 2013 Safe School Leadership Award on Monday in Orlando, Fla.

The award, announced in June, is presented annually by the National Association of School Resource Officers.

“It’s based on systems being innovative, creative, proactive, supportive and working together,” Roach said. He added that teamwork between the school system and the sheriff’s department is key in promoting safety.

“You can’t make it if one player is not wanting to play the game,” Roach said.

The award is presented to a school system that supports the continuing development of the School Resource Officer partnership. Only one school district receives this recognition annually.

“I am thankful we have team members and a community that understands the importance of striving to ensure that our boys and girls are safe,” Superintendent Will Schofield said in a press release. “Our partnership with the Hall County Sheriff’s Department, which began with the launch of the SRO program in Hall County Schools in 1998, has continued to evolve to do the utmost to ensure our student’s safety.”

World Language Academy receives international administrator exchange grant

The World Language Academy has received the Educational Seminars Exchange Grant for Administrators.

The program is set up to develop professional knowledge and understanding between American and Brazilian school administrators.

In October, a team of three administrators and a translator from Brazil will spend more than two weeks at WLA. WLA Principal Dave Moody will then visit Brazil next summer.

WLA Associate Principal Carrie Woodcock said the financial award was “relatively small,” with the grant funds paying for travel expenses. The school will receive $500 per visiting administrator to aid in meals out and any other special events.

“It’s more for the experience,” Woodcock said. “The idea is that it will be an ongoing collaboration.”

WLA students learn Spanish and English, as well as have experience in Chinese. Woodcock said the school is interested in bringing other languages, including Portuguese, into the curriculum, making a Brazilian collaboration ideal as the people of that country speak Portuguese. She also said that Brazil is “up and coming” in the business world.

The grant is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the U.S. Department of State, the National Council of State Secretaries of Education — CONSED/Brazil, and the U.S. Embassy Brasilia Public Affairs Section.

Carly Sharec covers education issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with her:



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