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All Hall high schools expected to meet AYP requirements

Based on preliminary data, the Hall County school system expects all six of its high schools to make "adequate yearly progress" this year, Superintendent Will Schofield said.

Lanier Career Academy, its evening high school, doesn't have enough students in any "subgroup" - or category of students based on race, ethnicity and other factors - to be considered for making adequate progress.

June 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Spending, not revenue, ­source of budget problem for city schools

Gainesville city school officials keep talking about revenue shortfalls, but budget numbers show that the school district has been shelling out plenty of money this fiscal year.

The district projects that by June 30, the end of this fiscal year, it will have spent $50.8 million, or $3.2 million more than the $47.6 million projected in expenditures when the City Board of Education approved the 2007-08 budget last June.

June 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Thirty-eight percent of Georgia's eighth-graders failed math portion of CRCT

State basic-skills tests results Tuesday confirmed what officials had reported earlier - 38 percent of eighth-graders failed the math test, which represents nearly 50,000 students.

June 22, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville schools weigh budget cuts; deficit is $6.6 million

The Gainesville school system has launched into serious number-crunching mode as it moves toward knitting together a final budget for the next fiscal year.

June 21, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville school board hopes for City Council help

The Gainesville school board is looking for budget relief wherever it can find it, including asking City Council to waive for one year the fee it charges to send out property tax notices and collect taxes on the district's behalf.

June 20, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Property taxes increase 4.27 percent for Hall County schools

The school tax rate is rising for Hall County property owners.

June 20, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville city schools: Fiscal fiasco?

The Gainesville school system's budget deficit of $6.5 million to $7 million deficit is rooted in events before the current fiscal year, which began July 1, 2007. Here's a look at some of its history and what city taxpayers can expect in days ahead:

June 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall schools ease tax increase estimate

Taxpayers still will likely pay more in taxes for the Hall County school system, but not as much as earlier expected.

June 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Petition calls for removal of Gainesville superintendent

A petition is circulating among Gainesville residents for the removal of Steven Ballowe as superintendent of the Gainesville school system.

June 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


City schools' lunch money unaccounted for

What happened to the lunch money?

June 16, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lyman Hall, Myers elementary schools shed 'needs-improvement' label

Preliminary data shows that Lyman Hall and Myers elementary schools will shed their needs-improvement labels this year, said Will Schofield, superintendent of the Hall County school system, on Thursday.

June 16, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


THE PARENTS: Steering children through teen years a challenge

Launching a child into adulthood means sending them through the teenage years, an unavoidable and thorny path that parents remember with scars of their own.

And among the most worrisome distractions for parents are drugs and alcohol.

June 15, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Viewpoint


East Hall Middle meets 'AYP' for first time in 9 years

For nearly a decade, East Hall Middle School has been mired in negative labels concerning its academic progress.

The skies finally began clearing Wednesday.

June 15, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville State educator a finalist for top job at Middle Georgia

W. Michael Stoy, Gainesville State College's vice president for academic affairs, has been named one of two finalists for president at Middle Georgia College.

June 15, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville school board keeps superintendent memo secret

Already mired in a controversy about a $7 million budget shortfall, Gainesville school board members caught more public heat Monday night when they refused to disclose a May 19 memo from Superintendent Steven Ballowe.

June 14, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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A dark day in history now memorialized with marker

For Betty Martin, Thursday's dedication of the Cooper Pants Factory historic marker hit home in a very personal way.

October 31, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Millions in Hall County road funds evaporate

The Hall County area is expected to receive about $1.4 billion for road projects through 2040 from local, state and federal sources, government officials learned Thursday.

October 31, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Tri-state water management group being explored

A private group trying to positively influence a protracted water war is edging forward with plans for a possible "transboundary" water management institute.

October 29, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Eyes on the Road: Traffic light study ongoing at South Hall intersection

The Georgia Department of Transportation is still collecting data regarding a possible traffic light at an intersection on a newly opened stretch of Ga. 347.

October 29, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Library director asks board to review operating hours

The Hall County Library System may begin a review of operating hours based on worries about future finances going sour.

October 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gym of ‘36 makeover staying true to roots

Don't be alarmed, area history buffs and longtime Gainesville residents. The boarded-up windows don't mean the hallowed Gym of '36 is going into decline.

October 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lake group privately hashing out water management plan

Jim McClatchey said he hopes a private water group can still produce its own water management plan for the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin, which includes Lake Lanier.

October 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Kubota expanding, plans to create 650 jobs

Kubota Manufacturing of America plans to expand its headquarters in Gainesville, creating 650 jobs and investing $100 million into the project over the next several years.

October 27, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Oakwood plans only hearing on 2015 budget

Now that it has approved a significant tax increase to support its 2015 budget, Oakwood City Council is looking to nail down the spending plan itself.

October 26, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lives lost in pants factory fire after 1936 tornado to be commemorated by marker

October 26, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Annual ‘Dirty Dozen’ report calls out governor’s Water Supply Program

An environmental watchdog group's annual "Dirty Dozen" report criticizes Gov. Nathan Deal's $300 million Water Supply Program, which includes an undetermined amount for the proposed Glades Reservoir in Hall County.

October 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Spout Springs project bumped to No. 2 on priority list

Transportation planners have reshuffled priorities in a long-range plan for Gainesville-Hall County, now making Spout Springs Road widening its No. 2 project.

October 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


DOT readies for winter with ‘salt barn’

The Georgia Department of Transportation is taking advantage of some sunny, fall days to better respond as needed to frigid, snowy winter days.

October 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville man ID’d as pilot in Thursday plane crash

A Gainesville man was identified Monday as the person killed in a single-engine plane crash near Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport last week.

October 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Oakwood gives final OK to 50 percent tax hike

Oakwood City Council gave its final OK Monday to increasing the South Hall city's property tax rate by about 50 percent.

October 20, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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