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Class Notes: Schofield a finalist for superintendent of the year
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Hall County Superintendent Will Schofield has been named as one of the four finalists for Georgia’s 2013 Superintendent of the Year.

The winner will be announced on Nov. 30 at the awards luncheon during the Georgia School Superintendents Association and Georgia School Boards Association’s Winter Conference in Cobb County.

On Monday, the superintendents association’s executive director, Herbert Garrett, presented Schofield with an award commemorating the achievement.

“I think the thing that impresses me most is his willingness to see opportunities where others may see challenges,” said Garrett.

Schofield joins Chris Erwin of Banks County Schools, Thomas Lockamy of Savannah-Chatham County Schools and Michelle Taylor of Calhoun City Schools.

Finalists were nominated by their local boards of education and were selected by a committee of former winners.
“This recognition is a reflection of the kind of folks we have working with us,” Schofield said.

Schofield was a finalist last year as well.


North Georgia public safety named agency of the year

The North Georgia College & State University Department of Public Safety has been named the Appalachian Trail Traffic Enforcement Network Agency of the Year.

The accolade comes from the department’s efforts to provide safer Georgia roadways.

“We strive to enforce the mission of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety,” said Chief of Police Mike Stapleton.

“This level of dedication does more than protect our students and citizens, which is our first priority; it also facilitates information sharing between departments and helps us build stronger relationships with the community.”

The network, organized through the office of highway safety, is made up of 23 departments and agencies that hold jurisdiction within the seven North Georgia counties of Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Pickens, Towns and Union. There are 16 total regional traffic enforcement networks in Georgia, including the Appalachian Trail network.

The award was presented at the annual “Quad Network” meeting attended by members of the Mountain Area Traffic Enforcement Network, the Northeast Traffic Enforcement Network, the Piedmont Area Traffic Enforcement Network and the Appalachian Trail network.

“The award is for this office’s overall efforts in supporting (the Appalachian Trail network),” Stapleton said. “That includes the numbers and statistics we turn in as well as participation in meetings, road checks, training exercises and various other events.”

In April, North Georgia’s Department of Public Safety was awarded the 2011 Agency DUI Hero from Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and in 2011 received the Above and Beyond Award from the Board of Regents.

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