November 8, 2022

Mark Pettitt Re-Elected to Hall County Board of Education

MARK PETTITT RE-ELECTED TO HALL COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

Chestnut Mountain, GA – Republican Mark Pettitt has been re-elected to the Hall County Board of Education with 79% of votes cast in the general election. Pettitt was first elected in 2018 to represent south Hall (Cherokee Bluff, Flowery Branch and Johnson clusters) on the Board of Education with more than 42,000 votes.

“I remain grateful to the voters of Hall County for allowing me to continue serving the community I love so much,” said Pettitt. “I am excited to keep working For The Kids!”

Pettitt will continue to support increased investment in career readiness and learning loss mitigation programs. “Through strong conservative leadership, Georgia has been named the number one state in the nation in which to do business for nine years now. Making sure that children can read on grade level and creating a skilled labor force remain top priorities,” Pettitt said.

Fully funding the school resource officer program, addressing growth and managing the capital improvement projects within the district’s 10 Year Facility Plan are top issues as Hall County is faced with unprecedented sprawl from metro Atlanta.

“Though I have lived in Hall County all of my life, I have never seen a more rapid pace of growth and change than during my first term on the Board of Education. Is it unreasonable to ask for responsible growth?” Pettitt asks. “We must be prepared to effectively deal with the challenges that this growth is presenting in our communities and public schools,” Pettitt said.

Pettitt currently works for the University of North Georgia in the Office of Government Relations and Economic Development. He is a graduate of Jonson High School and the University of North Georgia, and lives in Chestnut Mountain.

Accomplishments during Mark's first term include:

ACADEMIC:
·      historically high graduation rates
·      SAT scores that exceed state and national averages
·      ACT scores that top the national average
·      record high AP Exam scores
·      addition of 14 new CTAE pathways, bringing the district total to 60
·      addition of several new programs of choice, bringing district total to nearly 40
·      designation of the Ivester Early College for dual enrolled students
INFRASTRUCTURE:
·      overwhelming passage of the Ten Year Facility Plan with record voter participation
·      construction of the new Cherokee Bluff Middle School
·      construction of the new field house, band room, and Performing Arts Center at Johnson High School
·      construction of a new Performing Arts Center and extensive renovations at West Hall High School
·      construction of a new, three story, academic wing at East Hall High School
·      athletic improvements at all high school campuses, including artificial turf
·      creation of the Hall County Schools Agribusiness Center
·      construction of the new manufacturing lab at West Hall High School
·      extensive renovations at Chestatee High School
·      improved school safety features at each campus
FISCAL:
·      three property tax rate reductions
·      employee raises and/or bonuses each year
MENTAL HEALTH:
·      implementation of a mental health and trauma awareness training program
·      implementation of an employee assistance program
TECHNOLOGY:
·      renovation of 20 Learning Commons
·      installation of Lu Interactive Playgrounds at each elementary school
·      allocation of Chromebook devices to all students
·      creation of the Hall County Virtual Program of Choice
·      live streaming of Board Meetings
TRANSPORTATION:
·      implementation of My Stop app
·      purchase of 70 new school buses

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