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Class Notes: Hall students can now apply for transfer via open enrollment
Hall County School District’s Melissa Stewart won the 2014 Philip Wright Award.

Students inside the Hall County School District who want to transfer to another county school can apply now through April 22.

State law allows the transfer of students between schools inside a district if space allows. For parents and students opting to transfer, they will be responsible for all transportation costs and responsibilities. 

Once a student is approved for a transfer, he or she is eligible to complete the highest grade level at that school. However, the student would not receive automatic enrollment to the feeder school and would have to re-apply.

Anyone interested in learning more and applying for a transfer can find the forms at, under the ‘Public School Choice Information & Forms’ link in a rotating banner at the top of the Web page.

The district’s charter schools and programs of choice are not included in this application process.

Schools that may have space for the upcoming year include Chicopee Woods Elementary, Flowery Branch Elementary, Friendship Elementary, Lanier Elementary, Lula Elementary, Lyman Hall Elementary, Myers Elementary, Oakwood Elementary, Riverbend Elementary, Sugar Hill Elementary, Tadmore Elementary, White Sulphur Elementary, East Hall Middle, North Hall Middle, South Hall Middle, West Hall Middle, Chestatee High, East Hall High, Johnson High, North Hall High and West Hall High.

Board of Education members have also approved opening schools with extra space to students living outside the district. 

Those applications will be accepted May 1-22.

Stewart, Woodall win Philip Wright Award

Hall County School District’s Melissa Stewart and Gainesville City Schools’ Sharon Woodall have won the 2014 Philip Wright Award, presented through Pioneer RESA, a Northeast Georgia regional educational service agency.

Philip Wright, former director of North Georgia Learning Resources System, has worked tirelessly for many years to improve educational opportunities for students with disabilities.

Each school system served by Pioneer RESA selected someone who exemplifies service, respect and advocacy for children with special needs.

Along with Stewart and Woodall, this year’s winners include: Stacey Benson of the Alpine Program, Amy Pierce of Banks County Schools, Betty Ann Bearden of Dawson County, Pam Garrett of Fannin County, Jason Ayers of Franklin County, Michelle Barron of Habersham County, Marsh Sahlman of Hart County, Judy Kipfmiller of Lumpkin County, Suzanne Stockton of Rabun County, Cynthia Oliver of Stephens County, Carol Underwood of Union County and Joan Curtis of White County.

Beaver joins Lanier Tech as vice president of student affairs

Nancy Beaver has been named Lanier Technical College’s vice president for student affairs.

“I am honored to join Lanier Tech,” Beaver said in a news release. 

“I look forward to working with the excellent student affairs staff to ensure that we are providing innovative programs and services that provide an optimal student-focused experience.”

The Habersham County native was most recently the assistant vice president for student affairs at Chattahoochee Technical College in Marietta. 

Beaver had been with Chattahoochee since 1987, serving in a variety of roles including dean of instruction, registrar and director of institutional effectiveness.

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