GORDON COUNTY SCHOOLS HEADLINES
The Georgia Department of Education released on September 18 the official graduation rates for the class of 2019. Georgia’s graduation rate was 82.0%, while Gordon County Schools saw a rate of 93.4% for the most recent graduating class.
Gordon County Schools was recognized as a Golden Radish Award recipient for the work of its district Teacher of the Year, Nikki Hampton, as part of the STEAM program at W. L. Swain Elementary School.
Gordon County Schools announces its first 2nd Mile Award winner of the 2019-2020 school year from the district’s transportation department. Mr. Bryan “Bo” Bohannon was surprised with the announcement on Friday morning by GCS Superintendent, Dr. Kimberly Fraker, along with Lee Rushing, Gordon County Bus Shop Foreman.
"In addition to the tools that we have used through the SSIP process, we would like to share successful practices from across the state. We recognize that Gordon County has a 93.8% graduation rate for students with disabilities for the FY18 school year. We are asking that you share any initiatives/resources utilized in your [district] and the impact the resources have had on reducing dropouts and increasing graduation rates for all students, including those with disabilities."
Community outreach committees met to discuss needs for coming school year. If you are interested in being a mentor or volunteer, please contact Molly Townsend at email@example.com or Amanda Schutz at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can support this work.
PRESS RELEASE ANNOUNCING PROPOSED PROPERTY TAX INCREASE
September 10, 2019
The Gordon County Board of Education today announces its intention to increase the 2019 property taxes it will levy this year by 6.51 percent over the rollback millage rate.
The Gordon County Board of Education has proposed no change in the actual millage rate for 2019. The proposed millage rate will remain the same as 2018, at a rate of 19.172. However, state law requires this to be advertised as a tax increase since the state measures change not against the actual prior-year millage rate, but rather against the “rollback rate.” The rollback rate is calculated by subtracting any increase in the digest due to reassessment.
When the total digest of taxable property is prepared, Georgia law requires that a rollback millage rate must be computed that will produce the same total revenue on the current year’s digest that last year’s millage rate would have produced had no reassessments occurred.
The budget adopted by the Gordon County Board of Education requires a millage rate higher than the rollback millage rate; therefore, before the Gordon County Board of Education may set a final millage rate, Georgia law requires three public hearings to be held to allow the public an opportunity to express their opinions on the increase.
All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearings on this tax increase to be held at the Central Office, 205 Warrior Path, Calhoun, GA on September 23, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and on September 30, 2019 at 12:00 p.m.
For 2019 Current Tax Digest, click here.
MORE INFORMATION ON MILLAGE RATE AND PUBLIC HEARINGS
Citizens who wish to address the board regarding the millage rate during one of the public hearings must sign in prior to the meeting at the meeting location. No one is allowed to sign in to speak once the meeting begins. Each person who signs in to speak will be called in the order on the sign in sheet and will be given three (3) minutes to address the board. Please remember that all presentations to the Board are to be brief and are intended for the Board to hear comments or concerns without commenting or taking action.
For more information on the millage rate and answers to frequently asked questions on the millage rate's impact on the school system's budget, click here.