Central’s head football coach, Larry Kesler.
A second new head football coach visited the club last week when Larry Kesler came to talk about his new role as head coach of the Central Lions.
“I can’t tell you how happy I am to be here,” said Kesler. “I’m not inheriting a bad job. I’ve inherited a program that is well established.”
Kessler, like Carrollton Trojans new head coach Sean Calhoun, is a first-year head coach and is seizing the opportunity with gusto. He talked with excitement about all the improvements on the field for the Lions, from new turf to an expanded field house to a renovated concession stand. The booster club is officially out of debt and fundraising is going strong.
“Do you know we sold $13,000 in Vidalia onions last spring?” He still speaks of the fundraiser with astonishment.
The biggest challenge Kesler says he faces is a young team and a tough region. There are only two starters who have had any varsity playing time, and with Central moving up in classification to AAAA in Region 5, there’s no time to waste.
“This region is the SEC of high school football,” he said. “But we expect to be competitive in every contest. Our philosophy is to follow the process of dominance, much like Coach (Nick) Saban at Alabama utilizes. Treat every play like it has a life of its own.”
Rotary District 6900 Governor Raymond Ray visited our club last week and shared housekeeping tidbits about the upcoming Rotary International Convention to be held in Atlanta next summer, but his primary focus was on the Rotary Foundation and the great good that is happening around the world because of Rotarian support of the charitable organization, including the eradication of polio expected very soon.
He also commended our local club and others in 6900, making it one of the top 10 Rotary districts in the world.
Renee Parmer, chief tax appraiser with the Carroll County Appraisal Department, gave a candid overview of the county-wide reassessment currently underway at last week’s club meeting, “this is the first mass appraisal of residential and agricultural properties in the county since 1999.”
There are ~53,000 tax parcels in the county and the appeals process has had just over 770 applications to date. Last year, teams of field appraisers from the Carroll County Appraisal Department in conjunction with a private contractor, GMASS, started door-to-door property reviews. Their work is now complete and assessments were mailed on July 18th.
Mrs. Parmer outlined the appeals process and encouraged anyone who feels their appraisal is in error to bring their documentation to the College Street Annex auditorium.
Coach Sean Calhoun shared with Carrollton Rotarians last week he is “blessed to get the job of head coach and never want to go anywhere else.” And likely he won’t – before coming to Carrollton, Coach Calhoun spent the previous two seasons as the offensive coordinator for the back-to-back state champion and undefeated Colquitt County Packers. While at Colquitt County, the Packers set the 6-A scoring record in 2014 with 687 points and re-broke the record in 2015 with 700 points. Coach Calhoun also was a part of two national championships at Valdosta State – once as the quarterback and once as a coach.
“We have very good kids – very hardworking and very respectful – that speaks volumes about the community,” he said. “But we will be very competitive – fast, focused, physical, family and faith.”
Carrollton Mayor Walt Hollingsworth briefed the club on his first six months in office and what he would like to see happen during his tenure. While acknowledging the controversy surrounding the city’s moratorium on apartment complexes, he also offered support for other development, including promoting growth along Highway 61 toward Villa Rica and Highway 27 north toward Bremen. He also praised the “great economic engine” impact of the University of West Georgia and provided an update on traffic route changes in downtown Carrollton.
Barry Oxford, a fellow Rotarian who is a member of the Dawnbreaker’s Club, shared his unique experience as a chronic Rotary International Convention attendee. He has only missed one convention since he started going in 2009 when he decided to do a joint venture of visiting his daughter Emily in London where the international convention was being held that year. He has only missed one since and encouraged club members to attend the 2017 event, which will be held in Atlanta June 10-14.
Dr. Jenny Schuessler, dean of the Tanner Health System School of Nursing at UWG
A program four decades old has experienced exceptional growth over that past 10 years and doesn’t appear to be waning any time soon.
The Tanner Health System School of Nursing at the University of West Georgia currently is preparing about 300 students for their bachelor of science in nursing, by far the most popular program, said Dr. Jenny Schuessler, dean of SON.
“A BSN certainly opens a lot of doors for employment opportunities,” she told the Rotary Club of Carrollton June 21. But, she added, the SON also offers advancement opportunities in nursing education and clinical nurse leadership.
Schuessler updated the Rotary Club of Carrollton June about the program’s progress with new facilities in Carrollton and Newnan and work on updating the school’s strategic plan, which incorporates four university strategic priorities of student success, academic success, successful partnerships, and operational success.
Schuessler did acknowledge it is difficult to get in the nursing program at UWG because of its stellar reputation and high demand.
“It certainly is a competitive process to get into our programs,” she said, noting that growth is closely monitored to ensure a healthy pace that doesn’t jeopardize instruction quality.