Secretary of State to Clean Voter File by 4%

Board of Elections, News

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office to clean voter file by 4% as required by law, plus the new voting machines are ready for the public to practice on according to the Fannin County Board of Elections.

The voter file cleanup will reduce the voter roll by 4%, a move that comes as a requirement by federal and state law to ensure that the state has the most up-to-date voter information.

“Election security is my top priority,” said Secretary Raffensperger. “Accurate and up-to-date voter rolls are vital to secure elections, but at the same time I want to ensure that anyone potentially affected by this routine process has notice and opportunity to update their information. That is why my office is releasing the full list to ensure that people who are still eligible voters can update their information.”

A personalized notice will be mailed to the last known address of people this change effects prior to being removed from the voter rolls due to change in address. However, the complete list may be viewed online here: https://sos.ga.gov/admin/uploads/2019_NGE_List.xlsx

This removal doesn’t just effect those who had a change of address, but also people who have been in “inactive” status for more than three years and had no contact with election officials during that time.

A registration is moved to “inactive” when the person fails to respond to a pre-addressed, postage paid confirmation card asking them to confirm or update their information. This confirmation card is required to be sent to people who have filed a National Change of Address Card with the U.S. Postal Service indicating that they have moved to a new address, had election mail returned as undeliverable, or did not have contact with election officials (including not voting) for three years prior.

If your name is on the above list, you may simply update your registration at https://registertovote.sos.ga.gov or by contacting your elections office.

You may also respond to the card mailed to you, but keep in mind that the card will only be sent to your last known address, so this information may not be accurate.

Any registered voter may check their registration information to confirm it is accurate at https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov

New Voting Machine for Georgia

Additionally, the Fannin County Board of Elections now has their new voting machine up and running for anyone who may want to come by and get practice with it ahead of the upcoming election year!

The Board of Elections may be found on the third floor of the Fannin County Court House (400 W Main St #301, Blue Ridge, GA 30513), Monday – Friday between 8 AM and 5 PM!

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Board of Elections Unveils New Voting Machine

Board of Elections, News

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Fannin County Board of Elections unveiled the new voting machines during their meeting held on Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

The new voting machines, pictured to the right, will be utilized by the next presidential preference election, thus doing away completely with the old machines according to the Fannin County Board of Elections.

These new machines will create an instant paper trail with each vote cast according to Vice Chairman Mary Ann Conner, whereas the current machines create paper receipts of all votes cast only at the end of each election day.

Unlike previously believed, however, these machines will still utilize the same plastic yellow card system currently in place. The card will now be inserted into the bottom of the screen, where the yellow card reader sits.

Instead of hitting “Cast Ballot”, voters will select “Print Ballot”, at which time each voter may clearly view the candidates and measures voted upon during the touch screen process on a physical piece of paper.

If the printed ballot displays discrepancies, the voter may be re-issued a ballot, whereas before once “Cast Ballot” was selected, there was no turning back.

If the printer ballot displays correctly, then the voter will take the ballot to a scanner to have the ballot recorded before having it placed into a locked box.

Voters will not be allowed to carry their paper ballot out of the precinct, and all printed ballots will be kept in the Clerk’s office for a minimum of two years under law.

The county currently only has one machine, but 10 are expected to be received within the next shipment, followed by 70 more, making a total of 80 machines for the county to utilize during elections.

Conner states that the public will soon be able to practice with these machines ahead of the elections, and Fetch Your News will be sure to notify you of when this process begins, so be sure to stay tuned!

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BOE approved $112K in equipment purchases

Board of Education, Community

BLUE RIDGE, GA – Elementary school teachers, staff, and students in Fannin County are getting some new equipment after the board of education approved two purchase requests at their Oct. 10 meeting.

Approved purchases by BOE

The Fannin County Board of Education recently approved equipment purchases for more than $112,000.

The first approval was to purchase 14 View Sonic ViewBoard Interactive Flat Panels for classroom use at the cost of $52,556 from CDW-G. The request was presented by Heather Finley, the board’s director of instructional technology.

Finley said four the flat panels would have stands for kindergarten students that allow the boards to move down.

The board of education approved the purchase unanimously.

The purchase of 112 Chromebook laptops for teachers, administrators, and support personnel at the county’s three elementary schools was also approved unanimously.

The laptops cost $30,548 together, with 40 going to West Fannin, 39 going to Blue Ridge, and 33 going to East Fannin.

Both of Finley’s requested purchases will be made using Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funds, she said.

The board also approved the purchase of a Kubota 4X4 Diesel Tractor, a Kubota Front Loader with a 72-inch bucket, Dirt Dog Pallet Forks, and a Land Pride Bale Spear for the various agriculture programs in the county.

The request was presented by Assistant Superintendent for Facilities and Operations Darren Danner, who said the state department of education had already approved the purchase using Fannin County’s Fiscal Year 2020 Construction-Related Equipment Grant.

The county board approved the purchase in the amount of $29,680 from Mason Tractor Company.

Before the purchase requests, the board got an update on the current state of the school system’s finances.

Dr. Michael Gwatney

Fannin County Superintendent Dr. Michael Gwatney

Superintendent Dr. Michael Gwatney gave a SPLOST update to report the current collections status.

According to Gwatney, the school system took in $518,884.88 in SPLOST funds for the month of August.

He said that was the “highest collection in the history of the month of August,” since the SPLOST was enacted.

Director of Finance Susan Wynn presented the financial report through August 31. Wynn said the board of education is currently two months into the fiscal year.

Through those two months, the school system has seen a little more than $3.7 million in revenue, which accounts for 10.38 percent of the yearly budget. Expenditures through the first two months are at nearly $5.8 million, which is 15.63 percent of the annual budget.

The system currently has $16.2 million in cash balance assets, according to Wynn.

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Six counties to use new voting machines before the rest of the state, plus county voter numbers update.

Board of Elections, News

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Fannin County Board of Elections shared that six counties within the state will utilize the new voting machines before the rest of the state during their meeting held on Monday, September 1, 2019.

These counties will be Bartow, Carroll, Catoosa, Decatur, Paulding, and Lowndes.

Cobb county will be using a paper ballot system by volunteer decision.

Gilmer county will be using the old machines for their special election on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 due to the last-minute nature of the election.

It is still expected that all precincts will utilize the new machines by the president preference election, but no further information has been provided at this time.

As of Saturday, August 31, 2019, there are 19,957 total voters registered for Fannin county, both active and inactive. There were 181 new applications and 65 deletions (45 moved out of county, 4 moved out of state and 16 deceased).

As of Sunday, September 8, 2019, there are 19,992 total registered voters in Fannin County.

A list of 2020 state elections and the voter registration calendar may be found here!

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Fannin County Schools Start Back This Wednesday!

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Fannin County Schools start back Wednesday, August 7, 2019!

The official calendar 2019 – 2020 calendar is as follows!

Note: Days for Spring Break and holidays can be used to make up days missed due to inclement weather or other reasons.

Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Tuesday, August 6, 2019: Preplanning

 

Wednesday, August 7, 2019: First day of school.

 

Monday, September 2, 2019: Labor Day Holiday, Emergency Make Up Day

 

Thursday, October 17, 2019: Early Release, Parent Teacher Conference

 

Friday, October 18, 2019: Professional Learning Day, Emergency Make Up Days

 

Monday, October 21, 2019: Holiday, Emergency Make Up Day

 

Monday, November 25, 2019 – Friday, November 29, 2019: Thanksgiving Holidays, Emergency Make Up Days

 

Monday, December 23, 2019 – Tuesday, December 31, 2019: Christmas Holidays, Emergency Make Up Days

 

Wednesday, January 1, 2020 – Friday, January 3, 2020: New Years Break, Emergency Make Up Days

 

Monday, January 6, 2020 – Tuesday, January 7, 2020: Professional Learning Day, Emergency Make Up Days

 

Wednesday, January 8, 2020: Students Return from Break

 

Monday, January 20, 2019: Martin Luther King Holiday, Emergency Make Up Day

 

Monday, February 17, 2020: Holiday, Emergency Make Up Day

 

Friday, March 13, 2020: Early Release, Parent Teacher Conference

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020: Kindergarten Registration – BRES, EFES, & WFES

 

Friday, April 10, 2020 – Friday, April 17, 2020: Spring Break, Emergency Make Up Days

 

Friday, May 22, 2020: Last Day of School, Graduation

 

Monday, May 25, 2020: Memorial Day

 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 – Thursday, May 28, 2020: Post Planning

 

Friday, May 29, 2020: Emergency Make Up Day
 

Testing Dates:
Sem/Final Exams: MS/FH Thursday, December 19, 2019 – Friday, December 20, 2019 & Thursday, May 21, 2020 – Friday, May 22, 2020.
 

Milestones test windows:
Winter 2019 EOC (FCHS only)
Monday, December 2, 2019 – Friday, December 13, 2019
Spring 2020 EOC (HS courses)
Monday, April 27, 2020 – Friday, May 15, 2020
Spring 2020 EOG (3rd-8th grades)
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 – Friday, May 15, 2020

 

Fannin County High School Daily Schedule: 

7:30 – 8:00 Students report to the cafeteria with breakfast being served starting at 7:40 am.

8:05 – 9:30 Block 1 Class

9:36 – 11:01 Block 2 Class

11:07 – 1:04 Block 3 Class and Lunch

1:10 – 2:35 Block 4 Class

2:40 – 3:10 FLEX Time/Block

 
West Fannin Elementary School Daily Schedule:

Pre-K
8:15 – 8:40
Breakfast
8:40 – 10:50
Academic Time
10:50 – 11:45
Lunch/Recess
11:45 – 1:30
Academic Time
1:30 – 2:00
Gross Motor Skills
2:00 – 2:45
Academic Time

Kindergarten
8:15 – 9:50
Academic Time
9:50 – 10:40
NBI/Intervention
10:40 – 11:20
Academic Time
11:20 – 12:20
Lunch/Recess
12:20 – 1:15
Activity
1:15 – 2:45
Academic Time

1st Grade
8:10 – 8:55
Academic Time
8:55 – 9:50
Activity
9:50 – 10:40
Academic Time
10:40 – 11:30
NBI/Intervention
11:30 – 12:25
Academic Time
12:25 – 1:25
Lunch/Recess
1:25 – 2:45
Academic Time

2nd Grade
8:05 – 8:55
Academic Time
8:55 – 9:50
NBI/Intervention
9:50 – 10:45
Activity
10:45 – 11:40
Academic Time
11:40 – 12:40
Lunch/Recess
12:40 – 2:45
Academic Time

3rd Grade
8:00 – 8:55
Activity
8:55 – 11:00
1st Block
11:00 – 12:00
Lunch/Recess
12:00 – 12:55
NBI/Intervention
12:55 – 3:00
2nd Block

4th Grade
8:00 – 8:50
NBI/Intervention
8:50 – 10:55
1st Block/1st and 2nd Period
10:55 – 11:50
Activity
11:50 – 12:50
Lunch/Recess
12:50 – 3:00
2nd Block/3rd and 4th Period

5th Grade
8:00 – 9:55
1st Block/1st and 2nd Period
9:55 – 11:50
2nd Block/3rd and 4th Period
11:50 – 12:35
ELA Block
12:35 – 1:25
Lunch/Recess
1:25 – 2:10
NBI/Intervention
2:10 – 3:00
Activity

 

Last-minute supply list:

 

Fannin County High School (9th – 12th grade):
#2 Pencils, Black or Blue Pens, Binder, College-ruled Notebook Paper, Colored Pencils, Highlighters (two colors), Calculator.

 

Fannin County Middle School (6th-8th grade):
2″ Binder with Divider, Notebook Paper, Composition Books, Pencils, Pens, Highlighters, Colored Pencils.

 

Blue Ridge Elementary, East Fannin Elementary, West Fannin Elementary:
Kindergarten, 1st-2nd Grade: Crayons, Glue Sticks, Pencils, Scissors, Paper, Pencil Box or Pouch
3rd-5th grade: Colored pecils, Pencils, Loose Leaf Paper, Spiral Composition Notebooks, Pencil Pouch
 
 
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Board of Education Approves New Personnel

Board of Education, News

2020 Teacher of the Year Candidates

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Fannin County Board of Education approved new personnel and resignations during their meeting on Thursday, August 1, 2019.

The board voted unanimously on all recommendations.

Recommendations:
*Pending completion of paperwork and background check

Hanna Bryant – Teacher
Christy Brogden – Teacher
Robert Wood – Transportation Department
Amy Buchanan – Finance and HR Coordinator
Leigh Wood – Payroll and Benefits Coordinator

Annual General Session meeting Introductions

Recommendations – Substitute Teacher:
*Pending completion of paperwork and background check

Lisa Barkas
Leslie Dean
Pamela Foster
Jodi L. Graves
Ginnie McNally
Brandy Owenby
Patricia Partin
*Josh Patterson

 

 

Recommendations – Substitute Bus Driver:
*Pending completion of paperwork and background check
James Adams

Annual General Session meeting in the Performing Arts Center.

Recommendation – Substitute Custodian:
*Pending completion of paperwork and background check
Kenneth Dougherty

Recommendation – Substitute Clerical:
Pamela M. Huff

Resignations:
Wesley Chastain (effective Friday, August 23, 2019)
Nathan Daugherty (effective Friday, July 26, 2019)

The video below covers this meeting, as well as the annual General Session meeting that took place in the Fannin County High School’s Performing Arts Center following the meeting.

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Board of Education Introduces Newer, Safer School Bus

Board of Education, News

Extended stop arm for increased visibility.

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Fannin County Board of Education introduced a newer, safer School Bus during their meeting on Thursday, August 1, 2019.

Personnel from the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office, Blue Ridge City Police Department, McCaysville Police Department, and the Georgia State Patrol were all invited to attend the event showcasing the bus on Friday, August 2, 2019.

The new bus model features an extended six foot stop arm for increase visibility.

The new model will also be surrounded by external cameras that will easily record passing offenders.

In addition to the extra lighting the bus’ have had in the past, this model also includes a license plate reader to obtain information of those who pass a stopped bus going forward.

Bus side camera.

The new model was paid for by special-purpose local-option sales tax (SPLOST), and though not every bus will be immediately replaced, transportation director Denver Foster says that he expects to see alot more of them in the future.

Also according to Foster (quoting a national association that monitors school bus activity), it was reported that in a single day in 2018 there were 84,000 bus-passing violations nation-wide.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 is the first day of school in Fannin County, so if you haven’t seen the new bus’ yet, be sure to keep an eye out!

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BoE Approves West Fannin Elementary Paving Project

Board of Education, News

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Fannin County Board of Education approved a West Fannin Elementary School paving project during their called meeting on Wednesday, July 17, 2019.

West Fannin Elementary Paving Project. (Click to enlarge)

There was only one bid for this project which came from local vendor Johnson Paving, LLC. in the amount of $197,383.00 for the replacement 10,650 square yards of overlay and 4,314 square yards of mill and replace. The plan does include striping.

The board discussed how these repairs have been much needed for quite some time now, and none of the board members were opposed.

The project is said to be paid for with special-purpose local-option sales tax (SPLOST) funding.

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