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.
Gordon County Schools - Public Notice
What: Special Education Private/Homeschool Consultation for Students with Disabilities (as required by IDEA 2004)
Who: Parents and Guardians of Home School and Private School Students with Disabilities ages 3-21.
When: September 26th, 2019; 9:00 AM
Where: Gordon County Schools Central Office
BOE Conference Room (ESS Building)
205 Warrior Path, Calhoun, GA 30701
At the meeting the Special Education Director will discuss:
1. The Child Find process.
2. The determination of proportionate share of funds available to serve parentally placed private and home school children with disabilities, including how that amount is calculated.
3. The consultation procedures and how they operate.
4. How, where, and by whom special education services and/or related services will be provided and a discussion of the type of services.
5. How the Local Education Agency (LEA) will notify private / home school officials of the reason why the LEA chose not to provide services if the LEA and provider disagree.
PEARSON DATA BREACH
For RELEASE on 8.26.19
Gordon County Schools was recently notified by Pearson Clinical Assessment that, in March 2019, they became aware that an unauthorized third party gained access to a set of data related to the AIMSweb 1.0 platform, an instructional product that is used by Gordon County Schools.
Pearson indicated that the company immediately launched a review, which included outside cybersecurity experts, to determine the nature and extent of any data potentially affected. Through this review, they believe this incident occurred in or around November 2018 for data collected.
The student data affected is limited to directory information, as defined by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), including first and last name, and in some instances, date of birth and email address. The account administrator (staff) data affected may include first and last name, job title, work email and work address stored in the AIMSweb 1.0 platform. No grade or assessment information was affected in this incident, and the AIMSweb 1.0 platform does not contain Social Security numbers, credit card data, or other financial information.
Pearson has confirmed that the company has taken steps to secure the AIMSweb 1.0 platform and has determined that no other Pearson systems were affected. As a precautionary measure, Pearson is offering a year of free identity monitoring protection free of charge to any student or adult whose information was affected.
The impacted individuals potentially include students who were enrolled in grades K-5 between 2002-2018 and any employee who worked with AIMSweb 1.0 during that same timeframe. Gordon County Schools has made an attempt to contact each person who was impacted by letter to the last known address; however, if you feel you may have been impacted and would like more information on how to enroll in this service, visit the Gordon County Schools’ website at https://www.gcbe.org/Page/9643.
Any questions should be directed to Pearson Clinical Assessment at 866-883-3309 or email email@example.com.
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.