GORDON COUNTY SCHOOLS HEADLINES
"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."
All of Gordon County Schools' instructional staff met on Monday for a GET Together to start off planning for the new school year. The theme for the morning was all about working better together, inspired by the district's theme for the year: GET (Grow.Empower.Transform) to the Next Level of Excellence.
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.
DESTRUCTION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION RECORDS
In compliance with the Georgia Records Act, the Gordon County School District’s records retention schedule, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) regulations on destruction of data collected, maintained or used in the provision of a free and appropriate public education of students with disabilities in the District’s schools, the Special Education Department announces its intention to destroy special education records as indicated below after the following date: October 1, 2019.
Records for students who were enrolled in a special education program in the district’s schools who were born before January 1, 1995 and were twenty-two(22) years of age as of July 1, 2017 are no longer needed for educational purposes.
A student or parent may need these records for Social Security or other reasons. If you, as a former special education student or parent of a former special education student, wish to obtain these records prior to destruction, you should contact the Special Education Records Department at the Gordon County Schools Central Office, 205 Warrior Path, Calhoun, GA 30701. Positive Identification will be required before the records will be released to the individual.
For more information, contact Marianne Crawford, Special Education Records Clerk at (706) 629-4474 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 p.m.
HB 91; ELIGIBILITY FOR HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA
An individual (hereinafter referred to as “Student”) no longer enrolled in a Georgia public school and who previously failed to receive a high school diploma in this state or was denied graduation solely for failing to achieve a passing score on one or more portions of the Georgia High School Graduation Tests or its predecessor or the Georgia High School Writing Test or its predecessor may petition the local board of education in which he or she was last enrolled to determine the student’s eligibility to receive a high school diploma pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 20-2-281.1 based on the graduation requirements in effect when the student first entered ninth grade. Complete the application to petition Gordon County Schools to determine eligibility for a student under this guidance. For more information contact Mike Evelti, Student Services Director.