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Ann Cross, Director of Special Education and long-term employee of Gordon County Schools, announced to the Board of Education last month that she would be retiring at the end of November.  Under her leadership, the Special Education Department for Gordon County has flourished, with significant gains in student achievement for students with disabilities.

Filling the Director’s seat upon Cross’ retirement will be Alecia Segursky, a familiar face in Gordon County’s Special Education Department.  The Board of Education approved Segursky’s appointment to the position during its Board of Education meeting on September 14. 

Alecia has been with Gordon County Schools since 1995, where she began as a teacher at Ashworth Middle School.  In 2006, she was named Assistant Special Education Director and has held many additional responsibilities throughout her time as a district-level administrator, including System Assessment Coordinator and District PreK Project Coordinator.  Segursky holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and graduate degrees in Educational Leadership. 

Upon being approved for this position, Segursky stated, “I am extremely honored and blessed to have the opportunity to serve as Gordon County Schools Director of Special Education. I am looking forward to continuing my work with students with disabilities, their families, and all staff.”  Ann Cross, who has worked with Alecia for many years in her current position, is confident that the stellar work of the department will continue under their new director, “Alecia is an excellent candidate for this position.  Her entire career has been spent ensuring that every student with disabilities lives up and surpasses his potential.  She has been a local, state and national presenter as an expert in special education, and in keeping with the district’s theme for this school year, is truly a model for what it means to go the 2nd mile.”

 A retirement reception honoring Ann Cross will be held on November 14 from 3-5 p.m. at the Gordon County College and Career Academy.  Alecia will assume her new role effective December 1. 


 Nick Proctor, a junior at Sonoraville High School, has been selected to be a part of State Superintendent Richard Woods’ Student Advisory Council. Among a pool of over 1500 applicants, Nick was selected as one of 142 students to serve on the council. Students were selected based on their ideas for public education in Georgia, along with their community service experience.  In this role, Nick will meet with the other members of the council and Superintendent Woods, and be able to provide input into statewide education policies, as well as discuss other issues in education, serve as the Superintendent’s ambassador to Sonoraville High School, and participate in service activities to benefit Georgia schools and students.

Nick is the son of Jeff and Tiffany Proctor. He has been active in many clubs and activities at Sonoraville, including being a member of the Literary Team and the Future Business Leaders of America. Nick also serves as the Managing Editor on The Phoenix yearbook staff and has served as the vice president of his class since his Freshman year.


 Pictured above is the #GCS2ndMile Award recipient, Kristi Keithley, with Dr. Susan Remillard- Superintendent, Keith Brown- Director of Transportation, and several other valued drivers and district transportation staff.

The recipient of Gordon County Schools' #GCS2ndMile Award for August 2017 is Kristi Keithley. Ms. Keithley is a bus driver for Gordon County Schools and has worked for the district for the last seven years, beginning in 2010 as a substitute driver. Currently, she is a driver for special education students and runs one of the longest routes in the district, driving in the morning and the afternoon, as well as picking up worksite routes for the district’s CBVI program during the school day. Nominated by a member of the community, she is described as being "amazing at her job.” The nomination further states, “This lady treats each of the kids like they are her own! She loves each of them dearly and they love her back.” surprised this morning with a bouquet of flowers and an invitation to join the Boar


September has been designated as the month to nominate SUPPORT PERSONNEL who demonstrate what it means to go the 2nd Mile- to go above and beyond what is expected of them. Do you know an administrative assistant/secretary, bookkeeper, technical support technician, instructional technology coordinator, instructional coach, or other district support personnel who has demonstrated what it means to go the 2nd Mile? Nominate him/her for our #GCS2ndMile Award! NOMINATIONS are DUE SEPTEMBER 27; to be recognized at our October BOE meeting. Nomination forms are now available. Others will be recognized throughout the year, and nominations can be made up until the deadline for the award each month.  For more information on the Award, visit our website under the Board of Education tab.