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JOHNSON HONORED FOR BOARD SERVICE

Gordon County Schools honored Chris Johnson Monday evening for his years of service to Gordon County Schools through his tenure on the Board of Education. Mr. Johnson has served as a Board member since 2009 and as Board chair in 2017 and 2018. With his work taking him out of town more often, he made the decision to not seek reelection in 2020, and Monday night's meeting was his last evening as a member of this Board.
 
Throughout his time on the Board, the system has seen many successes and improvements. When Mr. Johnson joined the Board of Education, the system graduation rate 74%. For that same year, the state average was 75%. Since that time, Gordon County Schools has been well above the state average, with the most recent graduating class boasting a rate of 93.5% and 98.8% of those students completing a career pathway, and all students have been afforded access to 1:1 technology to help ensure they are prepared for a 21st-century learning environment. Facility improvements and additions have included numerous upgrades to athletic facilities, the construction of the new Red Bud Middle School, complete renovations to Fairmount Elementary School and Tolbert Elementary, as well as the construction of the building we are in this evening. These are just a few of the accomplishments of the system during the tenure of this highly esteemed member of the Gordon County Board of Education.
 
Mr. Johnson was honored at a reception before the Board of Education meeting. During the reception, guests enjoyed culinary delights made by two Gordon County students. Isabella Segursky, a 7th grader at Red Bud Middle School, provided Christmas-themed cake balls, and Eli Hibberts, a senior at Sonoraville High School, provided Christmas-themed cookies and cupcakes.
During the Board of Education meeting, Mr. Johnson was recognized and presented with gifts from the school system and the Board of Education. Mr. Charlie Walraven, chair of the Board of Education, offered his congratulations to Mr. Johnson and thanked him for his service, "Chris, I want to thank you for your friendship and your mentorship of me as I stepped into the role of chair on this Board. You will be greatly missed."