The Gum Springs Elementary leadership team sat down with evaluators during the recent SACS team visit.
Jackson County Schools will be recommended for reaccreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ AdvanceEd Accreditation Exit Review team which recently presented its findings.
The six-member team, which was in Jackson County Feb. 23-26, commended the strong leadership of Superintendent Dr. April Howard and the Jackson County Board of Education, chaired by Lynne Wheeler.
The team’s presentation was made Feb. 26 during a called meeting of the school board.
“Through the spirit of mutual trust and commitment to the pursuit of excellence,” the leadership from the superintendent’s office and the school board are working together to seek continually improvements within the system, said the external review team.
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New signage points the way to downtown Braselton businesses.
With downtown Braselton’s Streetscape project wrapped up and road projects which had the area dotted with orange construction barrels completed, it’s time to celebrate the reopening of Braselton’s downtown area.
The Braselton Downtown Development Authority is working with local businesses on a celebration which will begin with a 5K event benefiting the future town green project on March 15. The following week will be filled with activities which will attract people to downtown Braselton.
Another component of making downtown Braselton more user friendly are new signs which are now up pointing the way to local businesses and other attractions including the Braselton Library and Braselton Park.
See more on the Rockin’ celebration in the March 6 print edition of The Paper.
Alanna Dorsey is returning to the State Science and Engineering is March with her “I’ll Crack You Up” convention incubator project. See more photos in the gallery below.
Alanna Dorsey’s winning Northeast Georgia Regional Science and Engineering Fair entry is the culmination of three years of work, and she wants to “Crack You Up.”
She said she hopes her work pays off at the state science fair event in March when she represents West Jackson Middle School.
“For years I tried hatching chicken eggs only to have a few eggs hatch. I used a still air incubator and followed all the advice and tips I could. I have a very busy life and find it difficult to give the incubation process the time that it deserves,” said Dorsey in the abstract of her project. “You have to devote time to monitor the temperature and humidity. If you are not using an egg turner, you need to turn the eggs at least three times a day.”
As a sixth grader in 2012, she won first place in the 64th Georgia Science and Engineering Fair, and also received a Broadcom Masters nomination to compete at a national level. She also was presented an Excellence in Research award from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
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JoAnne Santiago is sharing her love of coffee with specialty brews and opening Higher Grounds Coffee House to be a blessing to the community. In turn, she said her family is being blessed with new friends. See more scenes from inside the second floor of the Polaris Building below.
By LEANNE AKIN
The passion that Michael and JoAnne Santiago have for aviation and their love of coffee and travel plus their faith in God are wrapped up in the logo for Higher Grounds Coffee House, the new business located on the second floor of the Polaris Building.
The new coffee house’s logo features a jet and a cup of coffee with a globe on it.
JoAnne loves coffee houses and the atmosphere of the various establishments she had visited around the world so the vision of creating such an attractive place where positive impacts can be made was sparked when the Santiagos were able to purchase the former Hometown Community Bank for their business, Polaris Aviation Solutions.
The company touts itself as a leader in private jet service. Michael is the president/CEO and Director of Operations while JoAnne is Director of Administrator. Their three children, Mike, Christopher and Ashley also work for the company. They have four grandchildren.
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