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Class Notes: Hall Schools accepts DOT road-widening proposal
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The Hall County Board of Education has accepted nearly $70,000 from the state Department of Transportation for a road-widening project near Sugar Hill Elementary School.

The money is for a little more than 3 acres of the school’s property along the right of way of U.S. 129.

“There will be a minimal impact to us,” said Damon Gibbs, Hall County Schools transportation director. “It’ll shorten the driveway on the lower side just a little bit.”

The school’s sign also will have to be moved back.

The value of the acreage is at $44,508. The $68,885 from the DOT also covers asphalt and curbing, as well as the expenses of moving the sign and gate.

The project is now in the right-of-way acquisition phase. No time frame on roadwork was immediately available.

“It’s going to increase the volume of cars,” Gibbs said. “There will be some sound from that, but we’ve got a lot of schools a lot closer to the road than Sugar Hill is.”

“It’s a fair price,” said Superintendent Will Schofield at the Monday BOE meeting, saying the roadwork should not impact the school.

Lanier Tech signs dual enrollment agreement with Banks County

Lanier Technical College signed a dual enrollment agreement Monday with Banks County Schools, allowing Banks County high school students to take courses via the technical college while still enrolled in high school.

“This agreement is a win-win, a great opportunity for the Banks County School System, for your students, and for Lanier Tech,” said Lanier Tech President Ray Perren. For this year, Perren announced that the college will exempt any fees or tuition for students not covered under the HOPE Grant.

“Hopefully that will reduce some barriers for your students,” Perren added.

Georgia pre-K offers advice to parents of students entering school for first time

Around 84,000 4-year-olds will attend Georgia’s pre-K program for this upcoming school year.

“Over the past two years, Gov. Deal and state legislators have taken steps to bring the pre-K school year back to 180 days in the 2013-14 school year,” said Bobby Cagle, commissioner for the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning in a news release. “As the availability of lottery revenues becomes clearer, additional strategic decisions will be made concerning future investments in Georgia’s Pre-K program. We would all like to see improvements in class size, teacher salaries, and family engagement and support.”

Advice for parents who have children enrolled in school for the first time includes sending children to school in comfortable shoes, visiting the classroom ahead of time and preparing information on any dietary needs or allergies a child may have.

Parents are also encouraged to build in extra time to say goodbye on the first day of school, as well as check with school rules to see if a favorite blanket or stuffed toy can be used as a comfort item. It’s also suggested to give a family photo to the child in case he gets lonely.

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