December 31, 2019

Highlights from 2019: A Year in Review

2019 has been a busy year for Hall County! As my first year in office comes to an end, I wanted to share a few highlights and accomplishments of your school system.

In 2019, your Hall County Schools:

  • Served more than 27,814 students
  • Graduated 1,888 students from eight high schools
  • Recorded an 88.66% graduation rate
  • Launched the Literacy for Hall Initiative
  • Expanded automotive pathways at EHHS and CHS
  • Created manufacturing and production pathway at WHHS
  • Presented to the community a Ten-Year Facility Plan
  • Began design work for a new middle school in South Hall
  • Began design work for a manufacturing lab at WHHS
  • Began design work for an automotive lab at CHS
  • Opened a new practice field house and expanded band room at JHS
  • Purchased property for a potential new elementary school near State Route 365
  • Partnered with the Ivester Foundation and named the Early College for Howard E. Ivester
  • Offered 34 collegiate courses to 429 high school students at Ivester Early College
  • Constructed college level science labs at Ivester Early College
  • Began design work for a health clinic at Ivester Early College
  • Began a tiered mental health pilot program atLCCA
  • Equipped each school with direct radio communication to emergency personnel
  • Installed security cameras at all elementary schools (via Governor Kemp’s school safety grants)
  • Enhanced safety features at Lula ES, EHMS, Martin ES and Mount Vernon ES
  • Provided a 4% raise for classified employees
  • Provided a $3,000 raise for teachers (via Governor Kemp’s budget)
  • Provided a $100 supply card for classroom teachers
  • Implemented an Employee Assistance Program at no cost to the district or employees
  • Adopted the lowest property tax rate in 9 years, and the single largest rate decrease in 13 years

As we reflect on another successful year of advancing student achievement, I would like to thank you again for allowing me to serve you. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can serve you or your family.

Your friend,

Mark Pettitt
Board Member
Hall County Schools

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