Education: Darlington’s Brent Bell to serve with SAIS accreditation team. GNTC Foundation’s J.D. Powell Memorial Golf Tournament is Thursday. Former Rome High Principal Tygar Evans’ new school earns Blue Ribbon honor.

Education: Darlington’s Brent Bell to serve with SAIS accreditation team. GNTC Foundation’s J.D. Powell Memorial Golf Tournament is Thursday. Former Rome High Principal Tygar Evans’ new school earns Blue Ribbon honor.

GNTC’s J.D. Powell Memorial Golf Tournament will be played at Barnsley Gardens on Thursday. Details below on how to participate. 


Darlington Head of School Brent Bell has been asked to be a member of the Southern Association of Independent Schools‘ (SAIS)  accreditation team that will visit The Webb School in Bell Buckle, Tenn., in October.

Bell was named Darlington’s 11th head of school in 2014. With two decades of experience in education, he holds a B.A. in History from the University of Richmond and an M.S. in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to his work at Darlington, Bell was head of Upper School at Randolph School in Huntsville, Ala. He also served previously as assistant headmaster and dean of academic affairs at Woodberry Forest School in Woodberry Forest, Va., where he held the E. Craig Wall Family Mastership. He and his wife, Andrea, have three children, Charlie (’22), Jack (’24), and Brent (’26).

Accreditation is based on a peer-review model that derives its greatest benefit from peer educators reviewing the school’s self-study and responses to standards/indicators evaluating them in light of the evidence gathered during the team visit.

The visit will last approximately 2.5 days, during which time Bell and the other members of the accreditation team will review the school’s compliance with SAIS standards/indicators and its self study; tour the school; and speak with a variety of stakeholders, including administrators, faculty/staff, parents, board members and students. At the conclusion of the visit, the team will create a visit report, which provides a recommendation regarding the school’s accreditation.

The Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation is sponsoring the 19th annual J.D. Powell Memorial Golf Tournament at Barnsley Resort in Adairsville on Thursday. Proceeds from the tournament will provide funding and scholarship assistance to GNTC students.

James Derward Powell served as the president of GNTC from 1987-1994. Registration is now open and is $600 per team with up to four people on a team. The team fee includes boxed lunch, goody bag, 18 holes of golf with cart, and entry for door prizes.

Tournament sponsors are Balfour Beatty Construction; Fox Systems, Inc.; The HON Company; Mohawk Industries, Inc.; and Shaw Industries Group, Inc. Hole Sponsors that contributed $200 each are Balfour Beatty Construction; Bobbye F. Harris Foundation, Inc.; Brown & Brown Insurance; Chick-Fil-A; Coca Cola Enterprises; Dalton Utilities/OptiLink; Dukes Wings and Seafood; El Pueblito; Five Star Food Services; Flegal Insurance; Follett, GNTC Bookstore; Fox Systems, Inc.; Full Media Websites; Georgia Power; Hometown Headlines; HOK; The HON Company; International Paper; JAS Media Placement; Mohawk Industries, Inc.; Nesbitt Consulting; Parker Systems, LLC/FiberNet; Profile Custom Extrusions; Rome News Tribune/Times Journal, Inc.; Roper – Kay Henderson; Shaw Industries Group; Shelburne Advertising; Starr Matthews; Taco House; United Community Bank; V3 Magazine; Vann & Valerie Brown;; and WEBS Radio.

Additional Support includes Bobbye F. Harris Foundation, Inc.; HOK; Chick-Fil-A; City Club Marietta; Coca Cola Enterprises; Dalton Utilities/OptiLink; Graphic Advertising; Greene’s Jewelers; The HON Company; LaMar Advertising; LaFayette Golf Course; Ricoh; Rome News Tribune/Times Journal, Inc.; Screenvision; SEIDA; Stonebridge Golf Club; Three Rivers Specialty; Trenton Golf Club; WalMart, Dalton; WalMart, Lafayette; and Walker County Farm Bureau.

Prizes will be awarded for first in flight, longest drive, and closest to the pin. On the day of the tournament, registration will begin at 9 a.m. followed by announcements. Tee Time begin will begin at 10:00 a.m. followed by lunch, awards, and a ball drop after the tournament is over. Tickets are available now for the ball drop.

Proceeds raised from the tournament will be used to provide scholarships and financial assistance to GNTC students on all six campuses. The Foundation also assists with purchasing equipment for programs, providing training for faculty and staff, and materials for the library.

Registration is still open and online registration forms are available online here. For additional sponsor or entry information, contact Michelle Beatson at 706.802.5850 or via email at

No automatic alt text available.Congratulations to former Rome High Principal Tygar Evans as his new school has earned the Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence ‘Lighthouse’ honors. Paine Elementary received official notification, via digital format, about earning the Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence “Lighthouse” status. Evans, in a note to the community, wrote, “I am very proud of PES’ parents, teachers, community and especially our great students for this accomplishment! Kim and I are blessed to serve our students and community here in Trussville.” According to the notification letter: “Based on the Blueprint for Excellence assessment process, your school has met the criteria for all nine categories. We are greatly honored to recognize such a deserving school working so diligently to fulfill the many learning needs of students.” Evans led Rome High for 11 years before retiring in June 2015.




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