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Class Notes: Gainesville board meeting set for today
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Originally scheduled for Tuesday because of the Presidents Day holiday, the Gainesville City Schools board of education will meet today at 6 p.m.

Superintendent Merrianne Dyer has said the issue of class makeup days will be discussed.

“The board has discussed with me adding March 17 and April 4 as full student days,” she said. “We will likely take action on that (tonight).”

March 17 was previously a holiday for students and teachers; April 4 was listed on the original 2013-14 calendar as “subject to being restored for staff and students.”

Students missed eight days of instructional time in January and February due to winter weather.

Board members meet at the Gainesville City Schools main offices at 508 Oak St., Gainesville.

Lanier Tech and Valdosta State forge partnership

Through two agreements between Lanier Technical College and

Valdosta State University, students graduating from Lanier Tech with an associate of applied science degree can transfer those credits to the bachelor of applied science program, majoring in technical studies, from Valdosta State.

The credits will also transfer for a bachelor of science degree in organizational leadership at Valdosta State.

“This comprehensive agreement allows any associate degree graduate from Lanier Technical College to transfer nearly all of the credit earned at Lanier Tech toward a bachelor’s degree at VSU,” Lanier Technical College President Ray Perren said. “We believe this agreement will help both our institutions assure Georgia has the workforce needed to continue to successfully compete in the global economy.”

The agreements, under the pathways program, stem from the priorities of the Complete College Georgia initiative, developed to increase the number of Georgians earning a college degree. Both the Technical College System of Georgia and the University System of Georgia have a goal of combining to add 250,000 college graduates to the state’s workforce by 2020.

College Goal event coming to University of North Georgia

The University of North Georgia will hold free events on two of its campuses as part of the College Goal program.

Financial aid experts will be available to help high school seniors entering college in the 2014-15 school year complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as FAFSA. The federally required form is needed for all students planning to get financial aid, whether it’s through federal and state grants, loans or work-study programs. Not everyone qualifies, but all are eligible for at least a federal loan.

The experts will also answer any financial-aid-related questions from students and their guardians.

After completing applications, University of North Georgia students can enter to win an iPad, while participating families can win grocery and gas cards.

The events will be Friday on both the Gainesville and Dahlonega campuses, 4-7 p.m. More information can be found at

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