New Chief Financial Officer

Please help us welcome our new Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Shannon Christian.

Mr. Christian earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and Health from the State University of West Georgia, a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Jacksonville State University, and a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Jacksonville State University. In addition, he completed the Georgia School Superintendent’s Professional Development Program and the Georgia Regional Economic Development Academy.

Mr. Christian comes to Lumpkin County after serving for over six years as the Assistant Superintendent of Operations for Butts County Schools. Prior to that, he served as a teacher and coach for six years, as an assistant principal for four years, and as a middle school principal for four years in Carroll County Schools. He was recognized as the Leadership Employee of the Year for Carroll County Schools in 2012.

Mr. Christian and his wife Teryn have been married for 18 years and will be relocating to Lumpkin County. They have one daughter, Kathryn, who is 11.

“Mr. Christian brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position. He has served in school and system leadership roles while working directly with school system budgets of all varieties. His record of fiscal responsibility, economic foresight, and establishing sound financial procedures made him the perfect fit for us. We are extremely fortunate to bring his talents to Lumpkin County and to have him leading this department.” Dr. Rob Brown

Highest District SAT Scores in Region

For the second year in a row, the Lumpkin County School
System has topped the charts as the school system with the
highest SAT Score in the Pioneer RESA region. This news
comes just a week after Lumpkin County Schools announced
that they were also the top system in Pioneer RESA and 13th in the state on the ACT for the class of 2018.

The Lumpkin County School System ranks 16th for all
Georgia school systems. With a score of 1099, LCSS is higher
than both the state average of 1054 and the national average
of 1049.
Superintendent Dr. Rob Brown shared, “We’ve been
anticipating the release of 2018 SAT scores, and I am excited
with our performance. Our entire school system, from
elementary to high school, is full of dedicated, determined
educators working tirelessly for the betterment of our
students. It is rewarding to see their hard work and
commitment to excellence reflected in meaningful data. We
are very proud of this accomplishment, as we are with all of
the innovative features and successes taking place across our
county in and out of our classrooms. Our students graduate
from high school career-and-college ready, and we will
continue raising the bar each year!”

Lumpkin County ACT Performance

Based on data released this week, Lumpkin County’s
Class of 2018 outperformed all other Pioneer RESA
districts, exceeded the state and national averages,
and ranked 13 th out of all districts in the state of Georgia on the ACT.

“We are extremely proud of our high school and the
outstanding performance of our students. We have amazing
educators at LCHS who push all students to reach their full
potential. Although ACT scores are usually tied to a high
school, this score is a reflection of our entire school system
and the great work teachers in ALL of our schools do each
day. Despite being a district that spends fewer dollars per
student than most districts in our RESA, we are performing
at the top. And we are proud of that!” Dr. Rob Brown


The Lumpkin County Board of Education has tentatively adopted a 2018 millage rate which will require an increase in property taxes by 4.98 percent.   All concerned citizens are invited to three public hearings on this tax increase to be held at the Lumpkin County Board of Education offices,

56 Indian Drive, Dahlonega, GA  30533, on August 2nd, 2018 at 11:30am and 6:00pm and August 13th, 2018 at 6:30pm.   This tentative increase will result in a millage rate of 16.819 mills, an increase of .498 mills. Without this tentative tax increase, the millage rate will be no more than 16.321 mills. The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $100,000 is approximately $49.80 and the proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with a fair market value of $300,000 is approximately $149.40.