BLUE RIDGE, Ga – Fannin County Schools (FCS) has a four-year graduation rate of 95.2 percent. The rate is well above the statewide graduation rate of 83.8 percent.
Assistant Superintendent Sarah Rigdon shared the numbers during the November 2020 board of education meeting. FCS is still waiting on the five-year graduation and overall graduation rates.
Only 29 counties in Georgia have a graduation rate above 95 percent.
COLD (Curriculum Online Learning Days) were also discussed for 2020-2021 school year. The first four weather days are forgiven, but missed days 5, 6, 7, and 8 for students who are face to face students. Online learners continue working on their respective platform.
If the school misses more than eight days, then the school calendar will be adjusted. On November 13, Kindergarten through fifth grade students received four days’ worth of assignments from core classes. In the event of poor weather or canceled on-campus classes, students will complete a COLD packet. The COLD assignments are expected to take two hours of time. sixth through twelfth grade students will have assignments posted in Google Classroom. Each class will assign between 45-60 minutes of work per class for a total of 3 to 3.5 hours of work per missed day. Middle school students will find their work in the “COLD” unit in their teacher’s Google classroom.
Milestone testing will take place for the 2020-2021 school year because the United States Department of Education rejected Georgia’s request to suspend assessments this year.
Spring Online Learning
Online learning (OLL) options for January through May 2021 are currently being discussed. Kindergarten through Eighth grade online learners are allowed to continue in the program through the end of the year.
On November 13, parents and guardians received a survey to identify how many students will remain in the program. If a student is not performing well in an online setting, the parent/guardian will be required to meet with the school to develop a plan to get their child back on track.
As for high school students, they have been surveyed about continuing the program and another survey was sent to their parents on November 13 about the same subject. Students who are underperforming will be encouraged to return to in-person classes. All students will use the Edgenuity platform and will have access to FCHS content area teachers for support and as well as virtual support. Parents/guardians of online students will receive a progress report every Monday.
FCS is 25 percent into it’s operating budget for the 2020-2021 school year. Three months in revenues are at 4,855,910.89 and expenditures are 8,350,991.66. SPLOST collections are up 26.20 percent.
The board also approved technology purchases.
- Chromebooks for Blue Ridge Elementary: $45,360.00
- 49 Desktops for West Fannin Elementary: $33, 565.00
- 21 Desktops for East Fannin Elementary: $14,385.00
- 9 Desktops for Fannin Middle: $6,165.00
- 22 Desktops for Fannin High: $15,070.00
Fannin County technology department also sold old equipment through GovDeals.com and brought in $44,213.00 in revenue.