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Class Notes: Open enrollment ongoing for Gainesville

POSTED: January 8, 2014 12:30 a.m.


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Open enrollment for Gainesville elementary schools is now through Jan. 31.

There are five charter magnet programs parents can choose at Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy, Centennial Arts Academy, Fair Street School: An International Baccalaureate School, Gainesville Exploration Academy: A NASA Explorer School and New Holland Core Knowledge Academy: A Classical Studies Academy.

Students entering kindergarten, or newly enrolling in grades 1-5, may register at Wood’s Mill Registration Center, 715 Wood’s Mill Road, Gainesville, to select their school of choice. Currently enrolled students will receive an enrollment form at their regular school. All forms must be turned in by Jan. 31 for the preferred selection to be honored.

Enrollment for programs at the middle and high school levels begins in February; more information on those will be available after Jan. 22.

Donat selected for accreditation commission

Patricia Donat, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of North Georgia, has been named to the Board of Trustees for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

“I am honored to serve as a member of the board,” Donat said in a news release. “I believe that the peer review process is essential to maintaining academic quality and integrity in higher education.”

Donat was named the university’s provost in 2013. Prior to that, she was vice president for academic affairs at the former North Georgia College & State University.

The association is the recognized accrediting organization for higher education. The board of trustees helps establish commission policy and is responsible for reviewing and taking action on the accreditation of institutions.

Common Core informational meetings set in Athens, Gainesville

Parents can attend an informational meeting about Common Core standards Friday in Athens.

Former East Hall Middle School teacher Meg Norris, a vocal opponent of Common Core, is scheduled to be one of the speakers.

The group presenting at the meeting claims the standards are untested and not written by any educational or child development experts.

The meeting is 6-8 p.m. at Campus View Church, 1360 S. Lumpkin St., Athens.

A separate meeting is scheduled for Monday in Gainesville, promoted by the Concerned Women for America of Georgia in partnership with the American Principles Project. The program, “Confronting the Common Core,” is a panel discussion.

The meeting is 6:45-8:45 p.m. at the Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St. NE, Gainesville. The event is free, but registration is required and can be found online via

The Common Core State Standards was authored by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers. It provides more detailed instruction in what students should know in both English and math.

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



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