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  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Sep. 11, 2020 - 5:45 PM

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Cowetans graduate from Kennesaw State

Several local residents were among students earning degrees from Kennesaw State University during summer 2020 semester commencement ceremonies.

They included:

Breann Bracewell of Sharpsburg

Alexander Bush of Newnan

Graham Caldwell of Sharpsburg

Austin Cantrell of Grantville

Carley Chapman of Grantville

Henry Colomb of Moreland

Victoria Diaz of Sharpsburg

Timothy Duncan of Newnan

Matthew Dwyer of Sharpsburg

Shawnli Gatlin of Senoia

Scot Hooper of Newnan

Amanda Ives of Sharpsburg

Matthew Janes of Newnan

Katherine Keller of Sharpsburg

Caleb McElwaney of Newnan

Kate O'Neill of Newnan

Alexis Ramsey of Palmetto

Jessica Richey of Senoia

Juan Roach of Newnan

Matthew Robbins of Newnan

Katherine Salha of Sharpsburg

Felipe Saray Gonzalez of Sharpsburg

Kevin Walls of Newnan

Sarah Ziegler of Newnan

Kennesaw State announces honors lists

Several Coweta County students have been named to the President’s List and Dean’s List at Kennesaw State University for the summer 2020 semester. They included:

PRESIDENT’S LIST: Meghan Bouma of Sharpsburg, Gabriel Headley of Moreland, Kendall Venters of Senoia, Skylar Hyatt of Newnan, Kyle Morris of Senoia, Asia Hill of Palmetto, Makalah Truett of Newnan, Kendall Johnson of Newnan, Olivia Masonheimer of Newnan, Sydney McGraw of Sharpsburg, Sujit Patel of Newnan and Deanna Saunders of Newnan.

To be eligible, students must maintain a GPA of 4.0 while completing at least 9 hours of academic credit.

DEAN’S LIST: Elizabeth Schramm of Newnan, Sarah Ziegler of Newnan, Katherine Keller of Sharpsburg, Dylan Galka of Sharpsburg, Jonathan Griffie of Newnan, James Johnson of Senoia, Sarah Porat of Sharpsburg, Giordano Ortiz of Newnan, Zachary Ricciardi of Sharpsburg, Zachary Cato of Moreland, Lisa Stauffer of Newnan and Garry Butts of Newnan.

To be eligible, students must maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA while completing at least 9 hours of academic credit.

Class of 2020 outscores national average on SAT

For the third year in a row, Georgia public school students outperformed their counterparts in the nation’s public schools on the SAT, recording a mean score of 1043 – 13 points higher than the mean for U.S. public schools.

“The class of 2020 has faced unprecedented adversity and uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “Given all they have overcome, I am so proud of these students for becoming the third graduating class in Georgia history to beat the national average on the SAT.”

Georgia outperformed the nation’s public schools by 12 points in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and by one point in math.

The state’s public school students experienced slight decreases in scores, which mirrored similar decreases nationally. Overall, Georgia saw a five-point decrease in composite score while the nation saw a nine-point decrease.

Sixty-four percent of public school graduates in the class of 2020 took the SAT during high school, a slight decrease from the 67 percent of class of 2019 students who took the SAT.

Coweta County Board of Education

Regular monthly meeting, Sept. 8

Board members approved:

• A local board governance training plan. Each year, new board members are required to complete 15 hours of training and veteran board members are required to complete nine hours of training, with three of those hours completed as whole board governance team training. Training must be conducted by a Georgia Board of Education-approved provider.

• Tribunal hearing officers for 2020-21. The group will be led by Dr. Schwanda Jackson and will include Monica Nelson, Gamal Kemp, Ken Kesselring, Phyllis Hall, Ryan Sullivan, Lawanda James and Rogeric Ladd.

• An intergovernmental agreement with Coweta County, the city of Newnan, the city of Grantville, the city of Senoia, the city of Palmetto, the town of Moreland, the town of Sharpsburg, the town of Turin, the town of Haralson, the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office and the Solicitor General’s Office to allow the Fanning Institute to facilitate a series of community forums about race, equity, inclusion and justice in the community and provide for public input on practices, policies and procedures.

• A lease agreement for radio tower space with IWG Towers Assets II. Over the course of the last several months, system staff has researched the possibility of upgrading the transportation radio system. The current radio system operates over 300 radios on one channel. The system also utilizes one tower that limits radio coverage to one concentrated area of the county. Upgrading the system will allow the school system to add up to three additional towers to enhance radio coverage throughout the county. An additional tower location will be requested for approval at a later date.

• An intergovernmental agreement with Coweta County to rent radio tower space.

• Application for Exemplary Board recognition. The Coweta County Board of Education will apply to the Georgia School Boards Association for Exemplary Board recognition for the current school year. Each board member will complete a self assessment and an external team will complete an assessment of the board.

Coweta County School System finance and budget report

As of August, the Coweta County School System completed 16.67 percent of FY2021 and expended 16.40 percent of its budget. The school system is under budget $3,582 for August and over budget $46,105 for the year.

Sales tax receipts were $2,413,824.59 for August, which is above average for the last 12 months. Receipts increased $184,283.59 from August 2019 and decreased $44,495.57 from July 2020.

Sales tax collections for the most recent 12 months are 8.01 percent above the prior year. Sales tax collections for the last 12 months are $26,777,352.68 and are up 8.27 percent from the same month last year.