The January meeting of the Union County Board of Education saw the approval of field trips, site surveys, early graduation requests and the monthly finance report. The School Police recognized the 210 5 graders who completed the DARE program as well as the essay winners from each 5th grade classroom. The overall essay winner, Jackson Cotherow had these thoughts on what he learned through the program. Cherokee County commissioners approved a budget amendment that allows the Board of Education to use $32,460 to continue operating the GPS systems on school buses. The money will allow the school district to continue using the tracking system for another year. School officials are working to improve the GPS signal in unreliable areas throughout the county.
Georgia Governor Brian P. Kemp announced record job and employment numbers for 2019. Georgia added over 70,000 jobs over the past twelve months, setting a record for total number of jobs at 4.65 million. The state's unemployment rate also reached another historic low of 3.2%.