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Class Notes: UNG town hall meeting tonight in Oakwood
Wanda Creel
Wanda Creel

The University of North Georgia is continuing a series of town hall meetings for alumni and community members to weigh in on its strategic plan.

Alumni and community members can meet tonight on the Gainesville campus, at 6 in room 108 of the Continuing Education/Performing Arts building in Oakwood.

Other dates and locations include:

  • Tuesday on the Cumming campus, room 125
  • April 7 on the Oconee campus, in room 522 of the Student Resource Center
  • April 9 on the Dahlonega campus, in the Hoag Auditorium

All town hall meetings begin at 6 p.m. Maps and directions are available on the university’s website,

Additionally, an online town hall meeting is scheduled April 8 at 7 p.m. for alumni and community members to participate regardless of location.

The university’s planning committee has engaged in multiple town hall sessions for input on the strategic plan, set to be complete by the end of April. More information on the town hall meetings, as well as a draft of the proposed plan, can be found at

Gainesville’s future school superintendent wins award

Barrow County Superintendent and future Gainesville Superintendent Wanda Creel is the recipient of the University of Georgia College of Education’s Johnnye V. Cox Award.

The honor is presented annually to education administrators in Georgia for distinguished service in the field of supervision and leadership.

Creel was named the sole finalist for the Gainesville superintendent position in December; she will succeed Merrianne Dyer, who is retiring at the end of this school year.

Creel has been in her position with Barrow County since 2010, and has also been the state associate superintendent for school improvement, and assistant superintendent for teaching and learning in Houston County.

The Johnnye V. Cox Award is named for the University of Georgia professor who developed the College of Education’s educational supervision program. She was considered a national leader in the field.

Voting begins in video contest

Community members now have the chance to vote for their favorite student-created video addressing substance abuse prevention.

The annual “Face it ... Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Video Contest” is open for voting today through Friday, by visiting the Drug Free Coalition of Hall County’s website.

Judges went through the submitted videos from middle and high school students to select the top 17 available for voting. This year’s panel of judges included Gainesville Mayor Danny Dunagan, Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch, Solicitor Stephanie Woodard, District Attorney Lee Darragh and Judge Jason Deal.

First- and second-place winners will be announced at the red carpet awards ceremony, taking place April 22 at Lanier Charter Career Academy beginning 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

The videos can be viewed and voted on by visiting

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