The Monthly Pickens Report

Business, Community, Dragon's Corner

Another busy month has passed for Pickens County with lots in store for the Summer. On May 22nd voters across the county went to the polls to vote on a variety of elections and ballot questions. The overall voter turnout of registered voters was 25.56 percent with a total of 5,101 votes cast. One local race (District One Commissioner) resulted in a runoff election that will take place on July 24th.  Early voting for the runoff will be weekdays July 2-20 (excluding the July 4th holiday) at the Board of Elections. Additionally, the Chamber of Commerce helped to orchestrate a successful partnership for the BRAG (Bicycle Ride Across Georgia) that passed through town in early June. This event brought an increase of customers shopping at local establishments.

During the month of May, the Pickens Animal Shelter brought in 110 animals, and 94 animals went out through various forms of adoption. Animal Control responded to 29 cases. The Department of Planning and Development issued 43 new building permits. The Water Department installed six new meters. The 911 Operations Center received 1,865 total calls, 726 were medical responses and fire related. The Recreation Department pool is now open, and several camps are ongoing throughout the Summer. To keep up to date on PCRD activities follow them on Facebook and Twitter and check out their website: pickrec.com. The Road Department is preparing to begin tar and graveling several roads across the county. They are also continuing to perform routine road maintenance. Subcontractor crews through LMIG (Local Maintenance Improvement Grant) and SPLOST (Special-Purpose Local-Option Sales Tax) funding are currently paving county-maintained roads within Hunters Ridge. After the crews resurface those roads, they will begin paving the remainder of the 62 roads set to be paved through LMIG.  Pickens County government departments continue to stay busy working hard for the citizens of Pickens County. The Pickens County Board of Commissioners continues to do a great job of leading these efforts. As work progresses, and projects continue, I will do my best to keep you informed of these developments.

Until the next time, stay safe, and shop local!

 

By: Tucker Green – Pickens County Board of Education Post Three

 

Kindergarten Round-Up health clinic in Jasper April 17

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Pickens County Schools announces make-up days

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JASPER, Ga. – Pickens County Schools Superintendent Dr. Carlton Wilson announced in a press release on the school system’s website Saturday, Jan. 20, three scheduled make-up dates in February for missed school days as a result of recent winter weather.

We are very concerned with the academic time our students have missed during this very difficult winter. Our 2017-2018 school calendar includes three weather make-up days during Winter Break in February.

After much consideration, we have made the decision to make up three of of the 12 days our students have missed. The make-up dates are as follows:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018
  • Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
  • Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

If we continue to miss school days for inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances, we will have to consider the option to make up days during our 2018 Spring Break.

As always, our first priority is the safety and best interest of our students.

According to the Pickens County Schools website, the Pickens County Schools 2018 spring break mentioned in Wilson’s statement occurs Monday, April 2, through Friday, April 6.

Continue to follow FetchYourNews throughout the winter for the latest weather coverage and school, business and office closings.

 

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Pickens Schools on early release today

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JASPER, Ga. – The Pickens County School System announced the early release of schools today (Jan. 16) due to the approach of a winter weather system. According to the Pickens County Schools Facebook page:

Due to inclement weather predicted to arrive in Pickens County this afternoon, the Pickens County School System will be operating on an early-release schedule today, Tuesday, January 16, 2018. School will be released at: 1:00 Elementary Schools, 1:30 High School, 1:50 Middle Schools.

All after school activities and after school programs will be canceled for today, 1/16/2018.
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.

Please continue to follow FetchYourNews for updated coverage of Winter Storm Inga.

 

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Born in Merrillville, Indiana, raised in Cleveland, Tennessee, and currently resides in Copperhill, Tennessee. Graduated from Bradley Central High School in 1996 and attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, eventually earning a B.A. and M.A. in English. Hobbies include hiking, camping and fly-fishing. Interests include baseball, hockey and cliff jumping.

WE ACHIEVE TOGETHER – From Pickens County School System

Community, Dragon's Corner

JASPER, Ga. — On Wednesday, August 9, 2017, Pickens Family Connection Collaborative hosted approximately 50 participants from local and state agencies gathered to learn about the progress and future of Pickens County Board of Education from Dr. Carlton Wilson, Superintendent of Pickens County Schools.

Dr. Wilson captivated the crowd in true educator style with his opening presentation in which he read “14 Cows to America” written by Carmen Agra Deedy. The book is a heart breaking tale about international compassion after the fall of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. He then provided outstanding information about the school system.

Statistics at a Glance

100% debt free!

The largest employer in Pickens County with over 600 employees. 350 plus certified and an additional 75% hold advanced degrees.

4,476 students in 350 Classrooms.

94.2% graduation rate.  14th best in the state of Georgia!

18 sports with 154 teams.

Over 3,000 miles driven by buses each day.  

Cafeteria served over 65 pounds of chicken, 200,000 pounds of fruit and 675,000 half pint milks last year.

Dr. Wilson believes that education is more than teaching lessons. “We are in the business of raising children.  I want the community involved and connected.” Pickens is a busy county!  For Dr. Wilson, this includes not only academics, but each child’s overall welfare.  The county was awarded a planning grant for the inclusion of mini-clinics within each school that will serve as primary healthcare for students and staff.  A partnership has also been established with Highlands River to provide on campus behavioral assistance to our students.  The goals of the Board of Education extend beyond employees.  The school system is always looking for passionate volunteers and mentors.  Our children deserve your support!   Contact Pickens County Board of Education at (706) 253-1700 to find out how you can volunteer.  Dr. Wilson would also like to remind parents that “School’s In! Don’t Be Out!”

Our Family Connection collaborative brings community partners together to develop, implement, and evaluate plans that address the serious challenges facing Georgia’s children and families.  Our success is our partners’ success – we bring them together, they develop and implement the strategies. Our most important partners are the families whose children are being served.

 

The next Pickens Family Connection Collaborative meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m.  September 13, 2017, at the Pickens County Government Offices.  To learn more about PFC, contact Jacque Elwarner, Coordinator, at 706-253-2319 or visit our website. We look forward to seeing you in September!

Dr. Carlton Wilson takes oath May 12th as new Superintendent for Pickens County School System

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A new Superintendent was put in place today for Pickens County School System.  The administration of the oath of office to Dr. Carlton Wilson as the Superintendent of Schools for Pickens County, Georgia was held Friday, May 12, 2017.   The ceremony was held in the Pickens County Board of Education Conference Center at 4:30pm.

On April 26, 2017, the Pickens County Board of Education voted to name Dr. Carlton Wilson as the single finalist for the position of Superintendent. Dr. Wilson was named as finalist for the position of Superintendent for the fourteen-day period of public comment as required by law. All documents received by the Board relative to Dr. Wilson’s application for the position were available to the public on request at the Board of Education office. After the period of public comment, it was the Board’s intent to employ Dr. Wilson as Superintendent. The terms of employment were determined by the Board prior to the actual employment of Dr. Wilson.

Dr. Wilson was selected as single finalist from a pool of 49 applicants. During the selection process, the Board reviewed application materials of all applicants, received reference information, and considered survey input from community members and employees. The Board initially interviewed eight applicants and conducted several follow-up interviews.

Prior to his education career, Dr. Wilson served 10 years as a Law Enforcement Officer; 14 years as a Director of Security, Loss Prevention, and Risk Management; and 10 years as a Director of Human Resources.

Dr. Wilson joined the Pickens County School District in 1996 as a teacher at Pickens County Middle School, where he taught for four years. His administrative career began in 2000, where he served as Assistant Principal of Jasper Primary School. He became Principal of Hill City Elementary School in 2002, where he remained for 11 years and led Hill City Elementary School to many notable accomplishments. Dr. Wilson completed his tenure with Pickens County Schools as Principal at Jasper Elementary School.

Dr. Wilson’s part-time positions include serving as a GA P.O.S.T. Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor, Deputy Sheriff Sergeant with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Unit, as well as an Adjunct Professor for Piedmont College, where he teaches classes with topics including Curriculum Evaluation for School Improvement, Learning and Cognition, Educational Law and Policy, and a variety of others.

Dr. Wilson’s community involvements include serving as past President of Drug Coalition for a Drug-Free Pickens, Pickens County Sportsmen Club, and Partners of Pickens Pets – Pickens County Animal Shelter. He is past Vice-President of F.E.R.S.T. Childhood Literacy Foundation, as well as serving with Friends of the Pickens County Library. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Jasper Rotary Club, Pickens County Family Connections, and Pickens County Literacy Council. He has served as the District Commissioner for Cherokee Pickens District of BSA (Boy Scout Club of America), District Merit Badge Counselor for the BSA, and District Leader for the Girl Scouts. Dr. Wilson also served as a Pickens County Attendance Protocol Committee Member, as well as many other community involvement programs.

Dr. Wilson brings many professional accomplishments, including Assistant Principal of the Year, Outstanding Educator, High Performing Principal, Principal of the Year for District 16, and many personal accomplishments as well.

Dr. Wilson earned his Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership, in a concentration in School Law and School Finance, from the University of Georgia. He currently serves as Presiding Judge of the Pickens County Magistrate Court. –

Pickens County Schools Closed For January 10th, 2017

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Due To Icy Roads throughout the county, Pickens County Schools will be Closed Tuesday January 10th, 2017 for Students and Staff.

All Local School Activities and After School Events, including all Athletic programs will be canceled. Twelve-Month Employees have the Option to Report at 10:00 AM.

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