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Focused on the Future.

Touring the new, state of the art, manufacturing lab at West Hall High School, August 2020.

On January 7, 2019, I was sworn in to the Hall County Board of Education while placing my hand on a bible given to my father, and later to me, by my late grandmother. My grandmother was a very important part of my life when I was growing up. She helped raise me, and was, in many ways, my best friend. She had a heart for people, especially the disadvantaged and boy she loved an underdog. But there is something that she told me repeatedly over the course of my childhood that will never leave me. To this day I still carry this advice with me. “Son, always stay true to yourself.” As I move forward, I cannot help but hear my grandmother tell me this.

Having been elected to serve the people of Hall County in this role is an honor and a privilege, and I look forward to working hard each day, for your families, to be the best public servant I can be.

I am very excited to join the Hall Co family and I am ready to hit the ground running to build on the successes that have already been realized in our school system. Hall County Schools is a diverse community of the most caring people I have ever met. I know this because I am a product of this school system, and was blessed to have teachers, coaches and administrators all along the way who never hesitated to go the extra mile to help us learn and grow.

With 12 magnet schools, 20 programs of choice, record high graduation rates in 2018, cutting edge technology and security features, 3,206 gifted students, and 5,243 students who are learning English as their second language, there is no doubt that we enjoy great schools in Hall County. However, this is not by chance or accident. This is directly due to the hard work our students, staff and leaders put in each day to be the best they can be. I am very proud to join you all at this time to advance our schools and enhance student achievement.

As a native of Hall County and a product of Hall County Schools, I have a vested interest in the success of our schools and students. Having been involved in the school system as a student, substitute teacher and volunteer youth football coach, I cannot think back on a time in my life when I have not been involved in our schools.

Since the campaign began in February 2018, I have enjoyed communicating my message of school choice, supporting teachers, and advancing technical skills and workforce readiness. But with the campaign now behind us, I look forward to getting to work for the families of Hall County.

I hope you'll join me in making Hall County Schools the safest place for students to learn and grow.

Check back often for updates and feel free to contact me with any thoughts, questions or concerns that you may have.

Your Friend,

Mark Pettitt
Hall County Board of Education