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Hall schools to address redistricting
Census shows East, South Hall regions have too many voters
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Hall County Schools Board of Education Meeting

When: 5 p.m. today
Where: Hall County Schools Central Office, 711 Green St. NW, Gainesville
Contact: 770-534-1080, www.hallco.org.

Hall County Schools Board of Education members expect to discuss redistricting at their meeting tonight.

"Because of the 2010 census the number of voters has gotten a little out of whack," Superintendent Will Schofield said. "It looks like by moving three precincts we'll be able to get back within the 5 percent, plus or minus."

Schofield said census data shows East and South Hall have too many voters and the county's North and West regions have too few.

He said he doesn't expect too much feedback from the community because school board officials are elected countywide.

The board also plans to discuss Georgia's new school board training requirements. New laws dictate members must have at least nine hours of training, three of which must be as a group. The hourly requirements increase for any members new to a school board. Schofield said Hall County did not have to worry about that portion of the law.

"We're getting ready for a needs assessment to determine what the nine hours of training will be," he said. "We'll discuss that (tonight) and see what our options are."

Schofield said the board must have a training timeline adopted by September. He said the training will ensure school boards across the state are focused on operating in an effective, professional manner and promoting student achievement.

"In the past the requirements have always been very loose. We've always used that to do a board retreat and talk about strategic plans," Schofield said.

Gainesville City Schools Board of Education is under the same training requirements, which may lead to opportunities for collaboration.

"Merrianne (Dyer) and I already talked about that," Schofield said. "It won't drive our training but if we decide we need the same thing then it makes sense to pay a vendor one time."

 

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