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Trojan Gold Activities Pass offers free admission to school-hosted events
  • Community
Cali Steed
Susan Fleck is all smiles after being issued the first Trojan Gold Activities Pass at the Carrollton Board of Education on July 13, 2021.

Susan Fleck is all smiles after being issued the first Trojan Gold Activities Pass at the Carrollton Board of Education on July 13, 2021. 

Are you 60 or older and a resident of Carroll County? A veteran? A retired Carrollton City Schools employee? If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, you are eligible for a Trojan Gold Activities Pass.

The Trojan Gold Pass provides free admission to any school-hosted event for anyone 60 or older, veterans and retired Carrollton City Schools employees upon presentation of the card. The pass is valid for any event at Carrollton Elementary, Carrollton Upper Elementary, Carrollton Junior High and Carrollton High School. The pass is not valid for Georgia High School Association playoff games.

Photo I.D. and/or verification of military service will be checked before event access is granted. 

Interested individuals should apply for a pass by filling out the Trojan Gold Pass Request Form at https://www.carrolltoncityschools.net/community/trojan-gold-activities-pass. For assistance or more information, please call 770-832-9633.

Millage rate hearings set
Julianne Foster

The City of Carrollton Board of Education has announced intentions to hold its millage, or tax, rate the same for the fifth consecutive year, although this action will still result in an increase of the 2021 property taxes levied this year by 2.38 percent over the rollback millage rate.
Each year, the Carroll County Board of Tax Assessors is required to review the assessed value for property tax purposes of taxable property in the county. When the trend of prices on properties that have recently sold in the county indicate there has been an increase in the fair market value of any specific property, the board of tax assessors is required by law to re-determine the value of such property and adjust the assessment. This is called a reassessment. 
When the total digest of taxable property is prepared, Georgia law requires that a rollback millage rate must be computed that will produce the same total revenue on the current year’s digest that last year’s millage rate would have produced had no reassessments occurred. 
The budget adopted by the City of Carrollton Board of Education requires a millage rate slightly higher than the rollback millage rate; therefore, before the City of Carrollton Board of Education may set a final millage rate, Georgia law requires three public hearings be held to allow the public an opportunity to express opinions on the increase. All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearing on this tax increase to be held at the City of Carrollton Board of Education Board Room, 106 Trojan Drive, Carrollton, Georgia 30117, on July 12, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. Times and places of additional public hearings on this tax increase are at City of Carrollton Board of Education Board Room, 106 Trojan Drive, Carrollton, Georgia 30117, on July 13, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. and August 5, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. 
The proposed millage rate of 18.50 has held steady for the past five years. Revenue generated from the anticipated 2.38 percent increase will be used to support the restoration of school-level positions cut back during the pandemic and the continuation of health and sanitation measures put in place last year to ensure student safety, according to Dr. Mark Albertus, superintendent. The board is expected to cast a formal vote on the millage rate at its regular monthly meeting on August 10, also held at the board office, at 6 p.m.

Mount to lead Trojan volleyball
  • Athletics
  • Community
Cali Steed

A new head coach with deep experience in the sport of volleyball will take over the program at Carrollton High School following the resignation of Lauren Sanders, who left the post to focus on her teaching career and ongoing graduate studies.

With the upcoming season only a month away, Cameron Mount, who already works for CHS as a school counselor,  will assume the head coaching responsibilities immediately. CHS Athletic Director Paul Fitz-Simons said Mount has an extensive background in volleyball as a player and a coach and predicts the transition will be seamless.

"Coach Mount played volleyball all through high school and as a collegiate athlete at UCLA with the team capturing a national title during his years there," said Fitz-Simons. "Following graduation, he played professionally in Portugal and when he returned home, he coached volleyball at the high school and club levels."

Fitz-Simons also noted Mount's role as a guidance counselor will serve him well as a coach.

"Coach Mount has already developed strong relationships with many of our players in his role as a school counselor," he said. "We expect great things from him."

Fitz-Simons noted Sanders' short, but successful, tenure with the program produced back-to-back region championships in 2019 and 2020 and two state play-off appearances. "We are grateful for her impact on our program and wish her the very best," he said. 

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