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BROCK TO LEAD RED BUD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

During the June 27 meeting of the Board of Education, Debra Brock was named Principal at Red Bud Elementary School, effective July 1, 2016.  The move comes following an extensive interview process that began after the resignation of Katie Vaughan earlier this month.  Debra Brock currently serves as the assistant principal for Red Bud Elementary. 

Following a career in the business sector as a private business owner, Brock embarked on the world of education as an elementary school teacher.  Since 2006, when she joined the Gordon County Schools’ family, Brock has served as a teacher, instructional coach, and assistant principal.   She holds undergraduate and specialist degrees in curriculum and instruction, and an additional graduate degree in Educational Leadership and Administration. 

“I am thrilled to have Debra stepping into the role of principal at Red Bud Elementary School,” said Dr. Susan Remillard, Gordon County Schools’ Superintendent.  “As a true leader of learning, she will be a tremendous asset to the stability and continued growth of RBES.”  Skipper Stewart, Chairperson of the Red Bud Elementary Local School Governance Team expressed the following, “I could not be more pleased with the outcome of last week’s interviews.  Mrs. Brock will bring familiarity and a strong  background in teaching and learning to a school poised to go to the top. I appreciate the governance team allowing me to represent them on the interview committee and can say without hesitation, Mrs. Brock met every single quality that both the teachers and the governance council outlined as quality characteristics needed for Red Bud’s new principal.”

Brock is excited about the opportunity to lead the school she has helped to foster in various capacities since 2010. "I am honored and grateful to accept the responsibility of being the new principal of Red Bud Elementary School. In 2010 I became the math specialist at Red Bud, followed by assistant principal in 2013. Since that time, I have come to know and love each and every member of our faculty and staff, our students and the entire Red Bud community. I plan to maintain an open-door policy for all stakeholders, and I look forward to continuing to build on the reputation that Red Bud has established within the community."   


GORDON CENTRAL'S LUMPKIN WINS NATIONAL TITLE

Gordon Central High School students, Gabe Soto and Sly Lumpkin, under the guidance of Advisor Tim Watkins, competed in National SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, KY in late June. Soto faired well to finish 30th in the country, and Sly Lumpkin brought home the National title and was awarded thousands of dollars in scholarship and prize money.  Congratulations to these Warriors! FULL STORY


GCHS AUTOMOTIVE TEAM QUALIFIES FOR NATIONALS

 

The team from GCHS burst on the scene earlier this year with a good showing at Hot Rodder’s of Tomorrow at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The students had to follow strict guidelines in the disassemble and reassemble process.

Nationals are held at two different events in October and December. “The events are SEMA car show in Las Vegas in October and PRI car show in Indianapolis in December,” said Watkins. “As of now, only 38 teams nationwide are qualified for Nationals. Of the two shows, we were selected to compete at SEMA in Las Vegas.”

The team consists of Tristan Barnette, Sly Lumpkin, Dixie Stwart, Chris Lane, Gavin Miller, and Jessi Brooks.  Additionally, Sly Lumpkin and Gabe Soto will travel to Lousiville, KY to compete in the 2016 SkillsUSA National Competition in Motorcycle Technology and Collision Repair. FULL STORY


LT. GOV. APPLAUDS STATE BOE ON GORDON COUNTY TEN YEAR CHARTER SYSTEM RENEWAL

  (ATLANTA)- On June 9, Gordon County School’s charter was renewed for a ten year term by the State Board of Education. This action will allow Gordon County Schools to expand on the initiatives already in place as they continue to institute changes proven to increase student achievement. Charter Systems have been instrumental in advancing innovative polices to realize new educational opportunities in Gordon County.

 “Gordon County Schools have made tremendous strides in student achievement and performance since becoming a Charter System,” said Lt. Gov. Cagle. “I’m thrilled that the State Board of Education saw fit to extend their charter, allowing Gordon County to build on the foundation they already have in place. This is a great day for their community as they continue to incorporate innovative education policies that will benefit students, teachers and parents for years to come.”  FULL STORY


HALL NAMED TO GOVERNOR'S ADVISORY COUNCIL

Brian Hall, an English teacher and alumnus from Gordon Central High School and Gordon County Schools’ 2016 Teacher of the Year, was recently asked to serve on the Governor’s Education Advisory Board to provide teacher perspective on recommendations from the Education Reform Commission. During the State of the State address in January, the Governor stated that he would appoint a Teacher Advisory Committee to review and provide input on the recommendations that specifically relate to teachers such as teacher recruitment and retention, the implementation of competency-based education, and the elements districts should consider including as they transition to new compensation models. The Governor’s Office solicited teacher recommendations from RESA directors, superintendents, other educational leaders throughout Georgia, and legislators.   Hall will be one of fourteen members of the Teacher Advisory Board, representing teachers from across the state, who will advise the Governor and his administration on policy issues affecting classroom teachers and education as a whole.   


 

GORDON COUNTY SCHOOLS EXCEEDS STATE AVERAGE ON ACCOUNTABILITY SCORES

 The Georgia Department of Education has publicly released the 2015 CCRPI accountability scores. Gordon County Schools' overall system average was above the state average, as well as most other neighboring school districts. The CCRPI is Georgia’s statewide accountability system, implemented in 2012 to replace No Child Left Behind’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measurement, after the U.S. Department of Education granted Georgia’s waiver from NCLB. It measures schools and school districts on a 100-point scale based on multiple indicators of performance, helping parents and the public better understand how schools are performing in a more comprehensive manner than the pass/fail system previously in place under AYP.  Because of changes to the way CCRPI is calculated – including but not limited to a new assessment system, changes in weights, and recalculated performance targets – a direct comparison between 2014 and 2015 CCRPI scores is not possible.