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Class Notes: Focus group meeting to help find Dyers replacement
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A focus group composed mostly of community members met Tuesday to talk about what the Gainesville school system should look for in its next superintendent.

Merrianne Dyer has announced she is retiring at the end of the 2013-14 school year.

The focus group of about 25 people homed in on the superintendent’s involvement in the community. A focus group that met earlier, composed of about 40 parents, school governance council members and principals, focused more on the leader’s fiscal responsibility, offering the idea that a business management background would be helpful.

The focus groups are designed for the school system to refine what it is looking for in a candidate.

The system hopes to get applications for the job by October, begin interviews in November and make a decision by the end of the year.

Brenau hosts 2nd graduation for athletes

Brenau’s softball team was on the road during Friday’s commencement at the Gainesville campus, but that didn’t stop the senior students from walking across the stage to get their diplomas.

The six students who were at the Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament instead of graduating were offered a Tuesday ceremony at Pearce Auditorium.

“It means a lot that the administration would hold a full graduation service for just six students,” Atheletic Director Mike Lochstampfor said in a news release. “It shows that they really appreciate and understand what athletics means to these girls and the school.”

The Golden Tigers team is ranked No. 17 in the nation following the tournament.

North Hall Middle exercises via games

Students at North Hall Middle School are incorporating video game dance into their physical fitness education.

United Healthcare helped provide the “Dance Dance Revolution” Classroom Edition to the school, along with Konami, a developer, publisher and manufacturer of video games. “Dance Dance Revolution” is a game that involves specific movements timed to music.

The school will track how the game affects exercise habits and well-being.

The game allows up to 24 students at a time to participate, and it tracks how many calories are burned and number of steps taken.

Thank a teacher

Schools across the country are celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week through Friday, including school systems in Northeast Georgia.

So if you haven’t thanked a teacher lately, now’s the time to do it. Plus, you’ve only got a few days left.

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