It is my pleasure to welcome you to Gordon County Schools, and I am glad you are visiting with us to learn more about our school system. This website has been designed with our stakeholders in mind, and I hope you find it easy to navigate and an informative way to stay connected with your child’s education. The Gordon County community at-large and our school system employees share a tradition of pride in our schools, students and community. Our citizens possess a unique understanding of how a quality education with high expectations and positive results for each student helps us follow our compass for developing a 21st century work ready community, comfortably committed to generating strong ties among students, teachers, and parents.
When a community is united in its commitment to the education of its youth, like Gordon County has demonstrated, good things happen. GCS students’ CRCT/EOCT criterion referenced test scores and performance assessments have documented that we are among the best school systems in the state of Georgia. All of our schools are fully accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). In addition, Fairmount Elementary is a “National Blue Ribbon School.”
The key to motivating our students to achieve high academic standards is a meaningful blend of supportive parent involvement, a strong engaging curriculum consisting of best practices, all brought to life by highly qualified and genuinely caring teachers. The students of Gordon County Schools are blessed by daily exposure to caring individuals, educators and non-educators alike. These qualities are plainly evident and serve as the foundation for the successes of Gordon County Schools. Again, welcome to our website, and I hope that you will find the information that you need. For further information, you may contact our central office at 706.629.7366. The mission of Gordon County Schools is to provide a relevant, rigorous, results-based education made possible through supportive, nurturing relationships.
MEET OUR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS
The Gordon County School system offers the following career and technical education programs for all students regardless of race, color, national origin, including those with limited English proficiency, sex or disability in grades 9-12.
Agriculture, Wildlife and Natural Resources Architecture and Construction Arts, A/V Technology, and Communications Automotive Business Management and Administration Early Childhood Education Engineering, Drawing and Design Healthcare Science Information Technology JROTC Marketing Mechatronics Work Based Learning/Youth Apprenticeship
Persons seeking further information concerning the career and technical education offerings and specific prerequisite criteria should contact:
Alice Mashburn, Director of High School Programs 305 Beamer Road Calhoun, GA 30701 706-879-5370 firstname.lastname@example.org
Inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies should be directed to:
Mike Evelti, Director Student Services 305 Warrior Path NE Calhoun, GA 30703 706-629-7366 email@example.com
HB 91; ELIMINATION OF GEORGIA HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION TEST REQUIREMENT
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. For information on how to petition Gordon County Schools to determine eligibility for a student under this guidance, click here.
GORDON COUNTY COLLEGE AND CAREER ACADEMY INTRODUCES LARSON AS ACADEMY COORDINATOR
Steffan Larson begins his tenure as the Academy Coordinator for Gordon County Schools this fall. Larson comes to Gordon County from Clearwater, Florida, where he taught at Clearwater High School, one of Ford Next Generation Learning’s premiere Academy schools. During his time at Clearwater High School, Larson worked on the team that created the school’s academies through cross-curricular educational initiatives and project based learning environments. Larson holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from North Park University and recently completed his graduate degree in educational leadership from Southeastern University. In addition to his responsibilities at GCCCA, Larson will work with district leadership to implement STEM educational initiatives and small learning communities in classrooms across the system.
Dr. Amy Parker, CEO of the Gordon County College and Career Academy, along with the GCCCA Board of Directors will host an open house for students and community to meet Mr. Larson and tour the facility, meet with instructors, and see the newest lab additions. The open house will take place on Tuesday, August 9 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
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 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.