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Class Notes: Schools find use for Rainey Street land
Allison Lawhorne works out in the exercise room inside North Hall Park. The community center is expanding its hours and will now be open on Sunday.

Gainesville City Schools will use a property purchased in 2012 for its high school construction program.

Construction students will build a house on the property, which will be sold and moved once it is complete.

The Rainey Street property near Gainesville High School was purchased for $225,000, demolishing an old city building that was located there. At the time of purchase, the district did not have a specific plan for the property.

“It is an ideal location,” Adrian Niles, director of maintenance and operations for the district, said at a Board of Education meeting last week. “That would be a wonderful location to build, construct the house there. ... It would be ideal for getting lumber in and out.”

Niles said construction students will build a 1,000-square-foot house on the property.

At the meeting, the board approved the transfer of $120,000 in special purpose local option sales tax IV funds to repay the district’s general fund for payments made on the property.

Janet Allison, chief financial officer for the district, said the money was left over from bonds issued to build the new Fair Street International Baccalaureate World School and complete other projects.

“Anytime you do that and you have money left over, the board can take that money and reallocate it,” to qualifying projects, she said.

UNG’s new mascot makes 1st appearances

The University of North Georgia’s new mascot, a blue and yellow nighthawk named Nigel, made his first appearances at convocation events in Dahlonega and Gainesville last week.

In Gainesville, students met the new mascot at a convocation picnic, while Dahlonega students saw the mascot for the first time at convocation as he made laps around the floor of Memorial Hall gymnasium.

The mascot will appear at the Oconee campus Wednesday at the new Nighthawks UNight event, which will also feature student and faculty presentations, food from Zaxby’s and a performance by the university’s Blue Ridge Rifles drill team. 

The university has set up Twitter and Facebook accounts for Nigel the Nighthawk in which appearances, athletic news and student involvement opportunities will be announced. On Twitter, the mascot has the handle @UNGNighthawk, and the Facebook page is titled Nigel the Nighthawk.


Jennifer Jacob Brown covers education issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with her: