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Posted: Monday, December 10th 2012 at 7:22pm

Hall County schools will be affected by "fiscal cliff"

By Marc Eggers Staff
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Superintendent Will Schofield
GAINESVILLE – The upcoming "fiscal cliff" confronting federal lawmakers will have an effect, should nothing be done to avert the looming projected spending cuts, which the students of Hall County will feel.

That was the opinion expressed by Hall County School Superintendent Will Schofield following the final school board meeting of the calendar year Monday evening.

"There certainly is some potential with the 'fiscal cliff' in that a lot of the funds that we receive…are federal funds," Schofield stated.

Just ahead could be uncharted financial challenges for the school board if Congress and President Obama are unable to reach an accord on spending cuts and/or tax increases.

"Almost $10 million a year are federal funds and those funds will be cut on a percentage basis if a deal is not reached and it could have significant effect on the boys and girls of Hall County," Schofield added.

Notwithstanding the fiscal cliff, the December meeting traditionally is a time to reflect on the accomplishments of the nearly-completed year, especially those achieved during the first semester of the 2012-2013 school year; and it was.

Lanier Elementary School first-grade teacher Ashley DesPres was named Hall County Teacher of the Year. DesPres will represent Hall County in the upcoming Georgia Teacher of the Year Competition.

DesPres was presented with a gift basket and a $500 gift card from the Kroger Supermarket on Thompson Bridge Road. DesPres is originally from Texas.

The Chestatee High School girl’s soccer team was recognized for having won the National Soccer Coaches Association Team Academic Award for the eighth consecutive year. The award honors exceptional accomplishments on the "pitch" and in the classroom.

And the fine arts shined brightly across Hall County once again in 2012.

"One-act performances are every bit as competitive as Friday night football game"s," a parent of one student was heard to say proudly as her daughter was part of a troupe being recognized.

"It’s certainly the first time in the history of this school district that three high schools in one year have won region championships," Schofield said.

West Hall High School won the Region 7AAA "One-Act Play" Championship; Chestatee High School won Region 8AAAA; and Flowery Branch High School won Region 8AAAAA.

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