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Class Notes: Jacobs, Mayo named leaders in education by business digest
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University of North Georgia President Bonita Jacobs was named by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the top 100 education leaders in metro Atlanta.

“I’m honored by this recognition, but it is really a reflection of the outstanding work by our faculty and staff to ensure the success of our students and to engage with our community partners to meet the needs of this region,” Jacobs said in a news release.

Donna Mayo, dean of the UNG’s Mike Cottrell College of Business, also made the list.

“I am grateful to be recognized in this group of outstanding educators,” Mayo said. “This honor recognizes not my own effort, but the efforts of our students, faculty, staff and communities.”

The annual “Who’s Who in Education” guide recognizes leaders from both K-12 and post-secondary educational arenas. Hall County Superintendent Will Schofield and Gainesville City Superintendent Merrianne Dyer also made the list.

$1K grant available for science teachers at elementary level

A $1,000 grant is being offered to teachers in grades 3-5 who “demonstrate exceptional energy and innovation in teaching life sciences.”

The grant, offered through the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, is made possible from support from The Environmental Resource Network.

“Students who learn about plants, wildlife and habitats often develop an appreciation for these diverse natural resources and are then motivated to be good stewards of the environment,” said Linda May, DNR environmental outreach coordinator. “Not just during childhood, but also as adults.”

Teachers are selected to receive funding based on project design and how well grant proposal questions are answered. Projects that are especially creative and involve Georgia’s rare or endangered species, and otherwise unfunded projects, will earn bonus points.

The deadline to apply is Sept. 14. For more information, visit or contact May at either or 706-557-3226.

Hall County education board to discuss budget, millage rate

Hall County Board of Education members meet at 5 p.m. today for a regularly-scheduled work session. A public hearing on the upcoming fiscal year 2015 budget and millage rate will also be held.

Board members have tentatively approved a $222.4 million budget, and a millage rate of 18.9, which translates to a 4.22 percent property tax increase.

Two additional public hearings are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. June 23. All hearings will be held at the school district’s main offices at 711 Green St., Gainesville.

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