Athens has big news for the first week of February. This week, UGA employees were appointed as Clarke County’s Mentors of the Year, thirteen local businesses made the 2016 Bulldog 100 List, and Clarke County current, school superintendent announces his acceptance as Fulton County’s future, school superintendent.
To mark its 25th anniversary, the Clarke County Mentor Program awarded Four UGA employees as Mentors of the Year. On January 20th, Grace Thornton in the College of Education, Aimee Martin at the GRU/UGA Medical Partnership, and Jeremy Daniel and Susan McCullough in the Facilities Management Division were four of twenty that were commended for their work with their individual Clarke County Students.
The Clarke County Mentor Program matches up local volunteers with students at Clarke County schools who want or need mentors. Currently, there are over 400 pairs in the school district. Mentors visit their respective students on a weekly basis and take them on local field trips and to community events. The program’s mission is to encourage and stimulate positive change for these students through the support and influence of their personal, local mentors.
Mentor of the Year, Susan McCullough, expressed how the program provides positive results for the mentees themselves but also for the larger community. “By becoming a mentor, one is showing young people today that the community cares for them and is investing in them,” she said. “UGA will benefit in the near future from the relationships they have formed with these children when they enter the workforce.”
The Bulldog 100 List acknowledges the fastest growing businesses owned or operated by UGA alumni. This year, thirteen local, Athens companies and nonprofits including Terrapin Beer Co., Athens Bagel Co, and Pawtropolis made the 2016 cut and were praised at the Atlanta Marriot Marquis on January 30th. Click here for a list of all thirteen businesses that were applauded last week.
Thursday night, Clarke County School superintendent, Philp Lanoue, informed the Board of Education that he will soon be Fulton County’s newest school superintendent. Coming to Clarke County from Cobb County as a former assistant superintendent in 2009, Lanoue was recently named state and national Superintendent of the Year just last year.
Emerging as a national figure for teachers and school administrators, the Clarke County community acknowledges Lanoue’s farewell as a loss, but not a surprise. Charles Worthy (School Board president) expected Lanoue to get offers from larger educational systems, “Dr. Lanoue has earned this,” he said. “Phil Lanoue is the real deal.”
Beginning his new position in May, Lanoue will be taking on a school district nearly six times as large as Clarke County’s with about 96,000 students in 57 elementary schools, 19 middle schools, 17 high schools and 8 charter schools.