Greg Murray named Lumpkin County System Teacher of the Year

Business

Dahlonega, GA

Lumpkin County Middle School teacher, Greg Murray, was named System Teacher of the Year during the Board of Education meeting on Monday, October 8.

Murray teaches 8th grade Social Studies at LCMS and is the current department chair. According to LCMS principle, Matt Remillard, “When you look to see what a model teacher would be like, it’s an example of Mr. Murray.” Remillard went on to explain that Murray excels at creating lessons that “actively engage students,” and he is constantly researching new and creative ways to keep students engaged in learning, “In my opinion, if the kids are engaged, they’re learning.”

Greg Murray named Lumpkin County System Teacher of the Year

After being named LCMS Teacher of the Year, Lumpkin County School System’s Selection Committee selected Murray as the System Teacher of the Year for 2020. The teachers who were selected for individual Teachers of the Year include: Cynthia Williamson for LCHS, Paige Gooch for LBES, Greg Murray for LCMS, Amanda Barton for LCES, and April Bowen for BES.

Congratulations, Mr. Murray.

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Lumpkin County BOE highlights student success plan and faculty of the month at Monday’s meeting

Community, Education

Dahlonega, GA

Lumpkin County teachers and employees of the month for September 2018 were recognized during the Board of Education meeting that was held on Monday, September 10.

September 2018 Teachers of the Month from left to right: Erin Endicott, Beth Holland, Nichole Stancil, Shalece Mull, and Susan Corvacchioli.

The teachers of the month include: Susan Corvacchioli (BES), Nichole Stancil (LCES), Shalece Mull (LBES), Beth Holland (LCMS), and Erin Endicott (LCHS). They were presented with a wooden plaque, made by Lumpkin County High School students

Employees of the month include: Freddy Lingerfelt (LCES), Bea Flatt (LBES), Delton Davis (BES), Tammy Martin (LCES), Brenda Orkins (BES), Sherry Scott (LBES), La

September 2018 Employees of the Month

rissa Birk (LCES), Michelle Scott (LMCS), and Kim Gooch (LCHS).

Long Branch and Lumpkin County Elementary Schools were also highlighted during Monday’s meeting, for student success. LCES Principle, Stacie Gerrells, presented new activities and incentives target towards student success, specifically in reading, that are new to Lumpkin Elementary this year. Some of the programs mentioned is Caring Paws, where select students are allowed to read with a therapy dog from Trained Paws Therapy Dogs, and also “Starbooks”, which is a spinoff from Starbucks. Starbooks is a reading incentive where students can earn ‘Starbooks Cash’ that can be spent on hot cocoa and other rewards.

Long Branch Elementary School Principles, Jan Mullinax and Nathan Gerrells, explained they also offer a reading-with-the-dogs program, but their students are most excited over their newest positive-behavior inspiration, a “House Point System.” This gives students an opportunity to earn house points for good behavior. The ‘House’ with the most points at the end of the month will celebrate with a small party, and the house with he most points at the end of the year will be rewarded with a larger celebration. There are four houses that represent different character traits and they are identified by a color and animal that is specific to that trait.

The houses are: Animo, House of Courage, (green), Reverenta, House of Respect, (red), Concordia, House of Harmony (blue), and Unum, House of Unity (yellow). You can learn more about the House System here.

LBES Assistant Principle, Nathan Gerrells, and teacher, Angela Denny, represent the Animo House

 

 

 

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Lumpkin County BOE approves application for new JROTC/Science facility funds

Community, Education

LUMPKIN, GA

The Lumpkin County Board of Education approved the Capital Outlay Project Application submitted to the board during the Regular Session on Monday, September 10.

According to the Lumpkin County  School System website, Superintendent, Dr. Robert Brown, submitted a recommendation, which states, “making [an] application for funds to construct a JROTC/Science facility with the Georgia Department of Education for State Capital Outlay funds as earned for Lumpkin County in the amount of $595,183”

The board also decided to make the Science wing of the new facility two-stories instead of one, with two new Science classrooms. The board also found a way to save building costs by designing access to the second level either via the stairs or elevator that was included in the previous blueprints, instead of installing a second elevator.

More details from the Capital Outlay Project Application can be found here.

 

Lumpkin County Board of Education holds called meeting

Business, News

LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga.– The Lumpkin County Board of Education held a called meeting on Friday August 24. According to Superintendent Dr. Rob Brown, the purpose of the meeting was to discuss the press release that was posted earlier this week on the Lumpkin County School System Facebook page. He also stated during opening comments that, “We’re here tonight to ensure our community understands that our elected school board members do desire their feedback and are available to them.”

Brown opened the floor to anyone who had concerns regarding school system finances. Dahlonega resident, Seth Alhadeff, addressed his concerns with the board, “The first talking point I’d like to mention is the elephant in the room; the senior tax exemption.” Alhadeff suggested that the board should allow the community to share their opinions on the tax exemption, in order to find a solution, “If you guys [LCBOE] would team up with the county and possibly host a public opinion focus group, to get everyone’s opinion on the senior tax exemption…maybe opinions have changed in the past 10 years.”

He also stated the he felt like the focus of the board has primarily been on extra-curricular activities, rather than academics, “It seems like over the past couple of years, since Dr. Brown has been the Superintendent, there’s been a focus and emphasis, and a considerable amount of funding towards extra curricular activities; specifically the brand new tennis courts, wrestling, and weight room, and of course now the ROTC center.”

Alhadeff added that he was a fan of sports and understood their significance, but was still concerned, “I know the gifted program has shifted, and I understand the changes that were made…with two young children in the school, I feel like it’s a disservice that the gifted program has now changed, for whatever reason.” Brown asserted that, “The senior tax exemption is a challenging proposition for everyone who pays taxes in Lumpkin County…that is not, in my opinion, for the school system to host a forum and to fight that battle. It’s the community. We have zero control over that”

The other points presented to the board included the elementary school that no longer has a teacher to lead the Science Club since the former teacher moved to Lumpkin County Middle School, and also the possible discontinuation of the Odyssey of the Mind program

Brown addressed Alhadeff‘s concern relative to an increased focus on extracurricular activities by stating, “I’ll make no apologies, because that is what was addressed in our SPLOST.” Brown also mentioned that the previous ESPLOST included academic improvements such as, technology, technological devices, and increased internet speeds.

In regards to JROTC/Science building, Brown explained that the project has not been approved as of yet, “We are in the planning stages. The Nugget inappropriately posted that it had been an approved project. We are still in the very preliminary stages of that facility, and we discussed last week what it was going to look like.” He further explained that the project will create new science classrooms and laboratories for the students to use. The space used for JROTC, Brown stated, would be determined based on what the state says they need, and also by what the program needs.

Concern over the absence of the board during their most recent public hearing in regards to the millage rate vote was not discussed.

 

 

 

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New JROTC and Science facility coming to Lumpkin County High School

Community, News

DAHLONEGA, GA

The Lumpkin County Board of Education reviewed preliminary blueprints of the new JROTC and Science facility during the monthly Work Session on Monday, August 13.

Representatives from RLR Architects and Carroll Daniel Construction presented drawings for the proposed facility, which will replace the temporary trailers currently used for JROTC purposes. Dewayne Roof, with RLR Architects, explained that the ROTC building will be two-stories tall, equipped with elevator and staircase access. Entry to the building will be located near the high school, and a weather canopy will cover the walkway between the two entrances.  

The first level will contain two ROTC classrooms with a shared office, observation windows and a restroom. It will also have a centralized walk-through uniform storage area and laundry area. Lumpkin County High School Logistics Specialist, Steve Hawk, said the central location and design of the uniform storage will provide easy access to uniforms, as well as simplifying the overall process. There will also be separate male/female dressing rooms, complete with restrooms, and a supply storage room with roll up doors large enough for vehicle unloading.

After seeing the ground-floor layout, Hawk expressed his gratitude to the board and the design team, “I’m really impressed with the drawings. Anything we’ve suggested, they’ve put in there…after 15 years of working out of trailers, it’s a great idea.”

The second level will contain the armory storage area, will also feature what JROTC Senior Army Instructor, Jeff Moran, described as “a fifteen fifteen lane, state of the art, electronic rifle range” that will be something that they can, “add and develop not just excellent, but championship shooters.” An electronic equipment storage room and multipurpose room will also be located on the second floor. The roof will provide access to a two-story rappelling wall, complete with a cushioned landing located area at its base. Access to the rappelling wall will be secured from non ROTC students. The science building will a single-story building containing science classrooms and storage. 

Lumpkin County JROTC Army Instructor, Ron Fugate, stated that he did know know of any other high school in Georgia that was equipped with an electronic rifle range; he also explained that it would be the “latest and greatest” in the marksmanship program; he too, expressed deep gratitude.

Lumpkin County High School Superintendent, Dr. Robert Brown, estimated the cost of the project to be around 3.2 to 3.4 million dollars for the total cost, “we will benefit $600,000 for the actual construction on the facility. The rest will be “local commitment and SPLOST funding,” Brown explained.

The construction on the project is estimated for November 2018.

 

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