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Class Notes: Brenau to sign golf agreement with Gainesville
School would rent course for 10 months per year
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Brenau University’s women’s golf team will soon have a home facility.

The university has a drafted agreement with the city of Gainesville to lease the Chattahoochee Golf Club for four years beginning this month. The agreement will be up for approval at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

Practices will be scheduled from August to the end of May and will include usage of the golf course and all practice facilities. An annual fee of $500 per player for the 10-month year will be paid to the city before the beginning of fall practices.

State seeking feedback on science, social studies standards

The Georgia Department of Education is seeking public feedback regarding science and social studies classes.

The state is reviewing the K-12 standards in both subjects. The revised standards will be implemented in the 2017-2018 school year.

“Educators have already given us valuable feedback on the current standards, and we wanted to make sure the public had a chance to weigh in as well,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said in a press release. “I’m committed to ensuring guaranteed, viable standards — standards that are appropriate and fully vetted. That can’t be done without input from all education stakeholders.”

Responses to this survey and feedback from teachers will be considered when working committees draft the revised standards.

The deadline to submit responses is midnight Sept. 15. The brief survey for professionals, parents and families, community members, students and others can be found at

Deal losing top policy advisor

Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday that his longtime deputy chief of staff for policy, Erin Hames, will resign at the end of August to pursue opportunities in the private sector.

Hames will continue to play a role in the governor’s education policy as a consultant, according to a press release.

“This move will allow her to focus her full attention on improving classroom outcomes so that every child has access to a great education, and it will allow organizations that share her vision to also benefit from her talents,” Deal said in a statement. “I’m glad that the governor’s office will continue to be one of those organizations benefiting from her expertise and work ethic.”

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