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Forsyths school board holds retreat in Dahlonega

DAHLONEGA — The Forsyth County Board of Education held its annual retreat Monday and Tuesday in Dahlonega, gathering to review the 2014-15 school year to date and plan for 2015-16.

Superintendent Jeff Bearden, the five school board members and Sandi Abbott, their executive secretary, met at the Forrest Hills Conference Center to discuss overall board goals.

Those goals will be finalized and approved Thursday during the board’s monthly meeting, according to Jennifer Caracciolo, spokeswoman for the school system.

Bearden’s evaluation was also completed at the retreat.

“Usually, they use this retreat — especially because we have a new superintendent this year — to collect what are our goals for the year and what we need to work on,” Caracciolo said.

She said having the retreat at the beginning of the calendar year was beneficial for reviewing facility plans, funding for projects and the operational budget.

The annual event is held “traditionally outside of the county” to give members a chance to “step away from the environment,” especially prior to returning to the task of completing the next budget.

“It happens at a good time,” Caracciolo said, “because we turned in school improvement plans and department plans in the fall.”