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Fannin Board of Education Announcements

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Due to hazardous road conditions that remain present in Fannin County this morning:

  • All Fannin County Schools will be closed for students on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017.
  • District directors and principals report at normal time this morning.
  • The Board of Education work session is still on for this morning at 8 a.m. at the central office.
  • All 12-month employees should report by 10 a.m.  (work hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
  • The day will be an optional workday for 190-day personnel (work hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
  • Paraprofessionals and other personnel who work less than 190 days should receive direction from their administrator as to whether to work.

Schools Close due to Snow

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Several counties are currently under a winter storm warning until 7am Saturday. Periods of snow (1-4 inches) are expected making difficult travel conditions. Road conditions are expected to deteriorate through the day and into the evening. The safety of  students and staff is always a primary concern and for that reason the following Schools will be closed today December 8, 2017.

Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens, Union, Towns, Lumpkin, White, Dawson, Murray, & Cherokee County North Carolina.

Please use caution as you travel.  FetchYourNews will update on conditions as the winter weather continues to effect our area.

White Christmas Schedule 2017

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*UPDATED* School Closings Due to Severe Weather Conditions

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  • Union County Schools will be CLOSED Monday, September 11th and Tuesday, September 12th due to Gov. Nathan Deal declaring a state of emergency for all 159 counties in Georgia. Please continue to monitor here for further updates.
  •  Fannin County Schools will be closed for students and all personnel on Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12, for students, as well as all faculty and staff, except for 12-month personnel, district directors, and principals. As long as it is safe to do so, all 12-month personnel, as well as district directors and principals, should anticipate reporting by 9:00 a.m. on September 12.  These personnel should note, though, that this expectation may be revised, depending on the weather conditions overnight; nonetheless, if you ever believe it is unsafe to report, please notify your immediate supervisor. In addition, the Board of Education work session meeting that was scheduled for 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 12, has been cancelled.  Please continue to stay safe!
  • Pickens County Schools closed Monday, September 11th – TWELVE MONTH EMPLOYEES REPORT AT NORMAL TIME. Schools will also be closed on Tuesday, September 12.  Twelve month employees will be contacted late Monday as to whether they will be required to come to work on Tuesday. All school activities, including athletic events and after-school programs, will be canceled.
  • Gilmer County Schools  will be closed Monday, September 11th and Sepember 12th due to Hurricane Irma. We have made this decision after consultation with local emergency management authorities and careful consideration of safety factors, such as the probability of severe winds especially at higher elevations, debris, dangerous road conditions and downed power lines left in its wake. Only 12 month staff should report if safe to do so.
  • Dawson County Schools  will be closed on Monday, September 11, and Tuesday, September 12, 2017. Twelve month employees will operate on a 2 hour delay.
  • Lumpkin County Schools closed due to the weather forecast for our area, Lumpkin County Schools will be closed on Monday, September 11, and Tuesday, September 12, 2017. The anticipated high winds pose a significant threat to our students and staff. We understand that weather predictions are not always accurate, but we cannot ignore the potentially dangerous situation that this storm poses. Our number one priority is to keep our students and staff safe! Wednesday will still be a early release day as planned so that teachers will be available for parent conferences. 12 month employees should report if it is safe to do so. 
  • Towns County Schools closed Monday, September 11th and Tuesday, September 12th for all students. All employees should report at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, September 12th if safe to do so.
  • White County Schools due to the severe weather forecast, White County Schools are closed for students and staff Monday, September 11, and Tuesday, September 12, 2017. Please be safe!
  • Murray County Schools closed Monday September 11 and Tuesday September 12, due to the possible impact of Hurricane Irma.   We have made this decision after consultation with local emergency management authorities and careful consideration of safety factors, such as the probability of severe winds, debris, dangerous road conditions, and downed power lines.  We understand that weather predictions are often incorrect, but the size of this storm cannot be ignored. It is our hope that Murray County is spared from any of this storm’s impact, but we will always choose to error on the side of caution.  All events planned for Monday and Tuesday evenings are also cancelled.  This includes the September 11 MCPS Board meeting.  This meeting will be rescheduled for Thursday, September 14 at 6:15 p.m.  All maintenance, grounds crew, and transportation employees will meet at the transportation office.

Hurricane Irma prompts school closings in Georgia

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*  Union County Schools will be CLOSED Monday, September 11th, 2017 due to Gov. Nathan Deal declaring a state of emergency for all 159 counties in Georgia. Please continue to monitor here for further updates.

  •  Fannin County Schools will be closed for students and all personnel on Monday, September 11.A great deal of consideration has been given to this decision. Governor Deal has us under a State of Emergency. Severe weather conditions, such as severe winds (especially at higher elevations), debris, dangerous road conditions, and downed power lines are all possible for our area beginning tomorrow(Monday) morning.Weather predictions are not always accurate, but this storm is massive and cannot be ignored. It is my hope that our community is spared from this, but it is better to err on the side of caution when safety is in question.  Please stay safe!
  • Pickens County Schools closed   Jasper, Georgia — Due to inclement weather conditions,the Pickens County School District will be closed tomorrow, Monday, September 11th – TWELVE MONTH EMPLOYEES REPORT AT NORMAL TIME. Schools will also be closed on Tuesday, September 12.  Twelve month employess will be contacted late Monday as to whether they will be required to come to work on Tuesday. All school activities, including athletic events and after-school programs, will be canceled.  Information will be posted on the Pickens County School District website at www.pickenscountyschools.org, the Infinite Campus parent portal, district and school websites and social media sites, and sent to local media.

     *  Gilmer County Schools closed   Release from Gilmer County School         School Closed – Monday, September 11, 2017Gilmer County Schools will be closed Monday September 11 due to Hurricane Irma. We have made this decision after consultation with local emergency management authorities and careful consideration of safety factors, such as the probability of severe winds especially at higher elevations, debris, dangerous road conditions and downed power lines left in its wake. We understand that weather predictions are not always accurate, but this storm is massive and cannot be ignored. It is our hope that our community is spared from the force of this storm, but we will always choose to err on the side of caution when our students’ safety is in question.

    *  Dawson County Schools Closed   Based on information from the NWS, Dawson County Schools will be closed on Monday, September 11, 2017. Twelve month employees report.

    *  Lumpkin County Schools Closed   Due to the weather forecast for our area, Lumpkin County Schools will be closed on Monday, September 11, 2017.  The anticipated high winds pose a significant threat to our students and staff. We understand that weather predictions are not always accurate, but we cannot ignore the potentially dangerous situation that this storm poses. Our number one priority is to keep our students and staff safe!  Decisions for future closings will be made as more information becomes available.  Thank you for supporting Lumpkin County Schools!

    *  Towns County Schools will be closed Monday for all students and staff. A decision about Tuesday will be made tomorrow afternoon.

    *  White County Schools Closed Due to the severe weather forecast, White County Schools are closed for students and staff Monday, September 11, 2017. Please be safe!

    *  Murray County Schools Closed Murray County Schools will be closed Monday September 11 and Tuesday September 12, due to the possible impact of Hurricane Irma.   We have made this decision after consultation with local emergency management authorities and careful consideration of safety factors, such as the probability of severe winds, debris, dangerous road conditions, and downed power lines.  We understand that weather predictions are often incorrect, but the size of this storm cannot be ignored. It is our hope that Murray County is spared from any of this storm’s impact, but we will always choose to error on the side of caution.  All events planned for Monday and Tuesday evenings are also cancelled.  This includes the September 11 MCPS Board meeting.  This meeting will be rescheduled for Thursday, September 14 at 6:15 p.m.  All maintenance, grounds crew, and transportation employees will meet at the transportation office.

Fannin Schools Will be Closed August 21st For the Eclipse

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Dear Parent/Guardian:
An epic event will occur in Fannin County on Monday, August 21; there will be a total solar eclipse! Beginning at approximately 1:00 p.m. that day, the sun will gradually be blocked by the moon. As the afternoon progresses, the sky will gradually become darker until approximately 2:30 p.m. when“totality” – the point where the sun is completely blocked by the moon – occurs. This will last for a brief period, and then the sun will gradually reappear; by approximately 4:00 p.m., everything, at least regarding the sky, will be once again normal.

This once-in-a-lifetime event is expected to draw a significant number of people to our area. The band of
“totality” goes from coast to coast across our nation; however, the band is relatively narrow. Fannin County is within this narrow band, and many visitors are expected to be in our area. Since it is occurring on a Monday, it is my understanding that many visitors are planning to be here for an extended  Weekend. The most conservative estimates compare local traffic in our area on August 21 to a major local festival or holiday, such as July 4. Major local festivals and holidays typically occur on days that our schools are otherwise out of session; however, this is occurring on a regular school day at a time when our campuses are busy. Since science is able to accurately forecast this event, I believe it is appropriate to plan for it as early as possible. Consideration must be given as to how it could impact our normal operations. My staff and I have consulted with members of local government, law enforcement, emergency management authorities, surrounding school districts, medical officials, and local hospitality leaders. From these conversations, the following has been concluded:

  • Local hospitality leaders indicate that cabin/room rentals for the weekend around August 21 are noticeably
    higher than usual, especially for this time of year.
  • The most significant issue is expected to be greater-than-usual traffic and crowded roadways in Fannin
    County, especially in and around Blue Ridge and McCaysville on August 21.
  • According to the Fannin County EMA, McCaysville and Copperhill will be holding a “Street Festival” on August 21. Both trains will be in McCaysville that afternoon, and a large number of people are expected.
  • Many more events are planned in counties near Fannin, and a significant increase in traffic through our county is being predicted as people travel home after the eclipse. The darkest time of this event is occurring just minutes before we would ordinarily begin parent pick-up for
    primary grades at the elementary schools. This means students would be moving about in crowded loading areas and parking lots in much darker than normal (i.e., nighttime) conditions. Even with exterior lights on, the darker conditions increase the chance of an issue or accident at a critical time of transition on our campuses.

More people in our area means that emergency and 911 services are likely to be in greater demand. Our public safety agencies are anticipating this and working hard to prepare. They plan to have additional personnel on hand; however, we would be remiss not to account for the possibility of increased response times to our schools on August 21 should an emergency occur at a campus.

It seems odd to be discussing the cancellation of school not only before the school year begins but also weeks in advance. Since this phenomenon is expected to draw large crowds to our area, including downtown Blue Ridge and McCaysville, as well as the myriad of other potential issues, I must rely on the notion of “an ounce of prevention.” I do not believe it is prudent to add to this by placing our student drivers, school buses, and faculty and staff on the roads at a time that it is reasonable to expect issues. As a result, similar to an inclement weather day, Fannin County Schools will be closed for students and 190-day (or less) personnel on Monday, August 21.

In the meantime, our schools will be educating students on the science of this event. In addition, safety will be emphasized, including the dangers of looking at the sun at any time, even during the “totality” phase of the eclipse; please do the same at home. Remind your children that it should never be considered safe to look at the sun at any time, even during the nearly complete darkness of “totality,” without the use of special safety glasses or other approved means; doing so is likely to result in permanent eye damage.

Please know your child’s safety is the top priority. I hope that you and your family are able to spend time
together during this once-in-a-lifetime event in a safe and enjoyable manner. All Fannin County Schools will reopen on Tuesday, August 22.

Be sure to contact your child’s school or my office if you have questions. Thank you for your support.
Sincerely,

Michael Gwatney, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Fannin Tip off Club – warrants issued for theft by conversion in connection with missing funds

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According to authorities warrants were issued in Fannin County on Friday, June 30th, for Charles Edward Stepp and Rhonda Stepp.

Both were charged with Theft by Conversion which stemmed from an investigation which began earlier this year.  Scott Ramsey, Ed.D., Assistant Principal/Athletic Director at Fannin County High School notified FYN back on February 20th regarding a meeting with the Fannin County Tip Off Club.

The purpose of this meeting was to discuss an issue concerning club funds.  The Fannin County Tip Off Club reported during this meeting that the Fannin County Sheriff would be conducting a full blown investigation into misappropriation of funds.

 

 

The warrants issued Friday were the result of this investigation.

Charles Edward Stepp was charged with Theft by Conversion with bond set at $25,000.  Rhonda Stepp was charged with Theft by Conversion with her bond set at $50,000.  FYN will continue to follow and bring updates as they become available.

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