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Christine Bray Named Principal at Banks County High School
Christine Bray has been named as the principal of Banks County High School. Bray, who is currently the assistant principal at BCHS, will officially take the reins on July 1st. Ms. Bray began her career in 1990 in Jackson County teaching special education at Benton Elementary. She became the assistant principal for Banks County High School in 2004. She has also served as the system CTAE director.
Bray is a graduate of Banks County High School and the University of Georgia and holds her specialist degree in leadership.
Superintendent Stan Davis announced Bray as the new principal in an email to his staff. In his statements, Davis noted, “Ms. Bray has shown herself to be a dedicated and exceptionally knowledgeable leader. She is approachable and fair and has an extensive background in curriculum, special education, and CTAE at the high school level. She understands the staff, students, and needs of this community. I expect that Ms. Bray will do an outstanding job as principal,” said Davis.
Bray is replacing Jody Goodroe, who is making the move to Madison County as assistant superintendent. The system will begin the search for an assistant principal of the high school immediately.
Turnip the Beet! High Quality Summer Meals
Congratulations to the School Food & Nutrition staff at Banks County Primary School, Banks County Elementary School, Banks County Middle School and Banks County High School for receiving the Turnip the Beet! High Quality Summer Meals Silver Award. Only 19 schools in Georgia and 111 school in the nation received this award. The Turnip the Beet Award recognizes outstanding Summer Meal Program sponsors who work hard to offer high quality meals to children. "There are millions of America’s youth who do not have access to nutritious meals when school is not in session. Offering nutritious meals to our nation’s children and teens that are appetizing, appealing and wholesome is a responsibility USDA takes very seriously."
Continue reading: www.usda.gov/media/blog/2018/04/20/turnip-beet-recognizes-high-quality-summer-meals-our-nations-kids
Teacher of the Year
Banks County School System Superintendent Stan Davis announced Brittany Brown, ESOL teacher at Banks County Primary School, as the Banks County School System Teacher of the Year on Monday night. She was awarded $500 from Jackson Electric Membership Corporation and each of the four schools recognized an educator as Teacher of the Year. Christy Pruitt, third grade teacher, BCES; Amy Ward, special education teacher, BCMS; and Jon Congdon, band instructor, BCHS; completed the court of professionals. A committee of educators outside of the community interviewed the teachers and read their individual portfolios prior to making the selection of the system teacher of the year. Dr. Joy Tolbert, superintendent for Commerce City Schools, served as an interviewer and commented, “All the candidates are all outstanding teachers who demonstrate commitment to their profession.
Amy Pierce, psychologist for the Banks County School System, was also honored as she was named the State School Psychologist of the Year. In addition to honoring the teachers, the system continued the tradition of recognizing Paraprofessionals of the Year and Classified Staff Members of the Year. Davis said of those being honored, “Thank you for the job you do. We appreciate you and your service,” he noted. Those honored as Paraprofessionals of the Year include Sonya Suggs, BCPS; Gwen McGee, BCES; Gina Polkingham, BCMS; and Teresa Royston, BCHS. Those named as Classified Staff Members of the Year include Chrissy Cosper, BCPS; Lisa Greenway, BCES; Jan Armour, BCMS; and Jade Strickland; BCHS. The Board of Education hosted a reception honoring all of the employees and their families on Monday, November 13th prior to the regularly scheduled meeting of the Banks County Board of Education.
State School Psychologist of the Year
Georgia Southern University College of Education alumna Amy Pierce (‘08,’10) was named School Psychologist of the Year by the Georgia Association of School Psychologists (GASP) during the organization’s 47th annual fall conference in Jekyll Island, Georgia held Oct.16-18.
This annual award recognizes an outstanding school psychologist in the state by examining the individual’s range of psychological services, job performance, respect of fellow coworkers, students and parents, and a demonstrated pride of the school psychology career.
The school psychologist for Banks County School System in Homer, Georgia, Pierce is a two-time graduate of the University with a master’s and specialist degree in school psychology. Prior to earning her graduate degrees at Georgia Southern, Pierce was working in the community mental health field in Maine.
“I loved my job,” she said, “but I felt I wanted to pursue something more.”
Comprehensive Needs Assessment
All parents of students enrolled in the Banks County School System and interested stakeholders are invited to participate in the comprehensive needs assessment and review the Banks County School System Consolidated Local Implementation Plan and other various federal program documents and agenda items including:
Consolidated Local Implementation Plan (CLIP)
System Needs Assessment
School Needs Assessment(s)
School Parent Involvement Policy
System Parent Involvement Policy
Barriers to Parent Involvement
Student/Parent/Teacher/Principal Compact (Handout)
School wide Plans
Evaluation Form of Parent Events
Use of Parent Involvement Funds, School wide Funds
Parent Right to Know -Teacher and Paraprofessional Qualifications
Results of Recent Parent Surveys
Future Parent Surveys
Parent Information Resource Center (PIRC)
The following meetings will be held at the Banks County Board of Education, 1989 Historic Homer Highway, Commerce, Georgia. Should you have questions or comments, please contact Dr. Ann Hopkins, Assistant Superintendent, at 706.677.2224 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org:
Banks County Middle School - Wednesday, May 10th at 5:00 PM
Banks County Primary School- Wednesday, May 10th at 6:00 PM
Banks County School System/ All Schools – Monday, May 15th at 5:00 PM
Banks County Elementary School- Monday, May 15th at 6:00 PM
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