Cindy Mills honored by Forsyth County Schools as the 2015 recipient of the Don Hendricks Partnership Award.
(Pictured from left to right: Forsyth County BOE Chairperson Darla Light, Forsyth County BOC Vice-Chairperson Cindy J Mills, Forsyth County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff Bearden, and Forsyth-Cumming Chamber of Commerce President and CEO James McCoy.)
The Don Hendricks Partnership Award
Our family established this award in 2002 after Don’s passing. Don was a long-time member of the Board of Education. Don lived a life of service to the community, and like those we are honoring here today, he believed in Forsyth County Schools and its quest for quality learning and superior performance for all. The Don Hendricks Partnership Award is given to a partner who best exemplifies the mission of the Partners in Education program and demonstrates loyalty to the school system and to the community.
The recipient of the Don Hendricks Partnership Award is no stranger to our school community, having been involved in countless school-based and district-wide initiatives. This recipient started out as a room parent and later became a mentor, was active in parent organizations, school councils, and SPLOST and Bond committees. At the district’s Alternative program, this partner organized business leaders to serve as guest speakers to help at-risk students plan for their futures beyond school.
When she saw a need to educate, advocate for, and empower youth and adult community members on the prevention of substance abuse she formed, and obtained funding for, the Cumming-Forsyth County Drug Free Coalition.
Recently, when serving as a Principal for a Day, the recipient saw the positive impact that electronic devices were having on student learning. So, without hesitation, she approached North Forsyth business leaders to join her in making financial contributions toward securing electronic learning devices. Under her leadership, $45,000 was donated to purchase such devices for students. This recipient and this select group of North Forsyth Business leaders employ the parents of district students and recognized that these students are potential future employees. In the words of Board of Education member Ann Crow, “She leads with her heart. She is loyal to her friends. She will stand up for what she believes in. And she gets things done. There is no one quite like her.”
The impact she has made on Forsyth County Schools is lasting and for her efforts, we honor Cindy Mills as the 2015 recipient of the Don Hendricks Partnership Award.
- Barbara Hendricks
Update on new North Forsyth Parks
I have had many asking about Matt Community Park. It's been so slow progressing and I've been pushing and asking constantly. It has taken the park 11 months to get through permitting. That is very distressing to me on many levels. While we want to assure safety and compliance, if it takes a county that long to get its own project through what is it taking others to get through. I think the process has to function efficiently and in a more timely manner. All of that wasn't the county's fault. The company hired to oversee the project has had some major internal issues that have slowed the project considerably. I just wanted to update. Hopefully a ground breaking will be happening sometime in the near future. Lanierland is behind this project. The next issue will be finding funding. These are the last two major projects in the $100 million green space bond to be completed and the 7.8 million to divide and to use for phase 1 at each park will not be enough. The bond was passed in 2008 and the projected cost of completing has doubled. I'm upset because it was pushed to the end and now we are in this position. I took office in 2013. I'll work hard to find a way and to look at all resources available. Thank you for your input and passion for park and recreation in the north end of the county.
Cindy J. Mills
District 4, Forsyth County BOC
Happy New Year
Looking back on 2014 as a Commissioner, we have had many things to be proud of. We were able to keep our millage rate the same despite many additional cost with the new jail, new courthouse and new animal shelter. We had controversial votes with the finalization of Castleberry road widening and the approval of the Chinmeyan mission church on Pittman road. I looked at each vote very closely and analyzed the positives and negatives with staff before coming to a decision. I still feel both decisions were made fairly and with looking at the whole picture instead of going with what would be considered politically correctness. I was very proud of the combined efforts of myself, the school system, the sheriff office and non-profits in making the public more aware of the drugs in our community. We have had three summits and from that we have formed a Drug Awareness Council and the sheriff office is putting together other programs to be taught to school kids. North Forsyth High is putting together their own program and more people are investigating more ways to spotlight this troubling issue. Our densities have decreased and ended up around 1.9 average for the year. We increased Res 3 to a lot size of 14,750, from 10,000. The biggest issue we have had complaints about is traffic congestion and the voters approved a $200 million bond for transportation in November. GA 400 has already been surveyed and we should see great improvements next year and in years to come. Sales tax and TAFT have been up considerably this year and home values continue to improve. Forsyth county is a great place to live. Out of the 20 most populated counties in the state, Forsyth county rates number one in SAT scores and graduation rate, lowest in unemployment and lowest in crime rate. We rank the highest and yet have the lowest millage rate. We have set the bar that others should want to be more like us instead of us wanting to be like them. It's no wonder so many want to live here.
Looking forward to 2015, we have much to work on and improve upon. We will be breaking ground on two North parks on Wallace Tatum and Jot-em-Down roads. We will be starting many transportation projects simultaneously. The CID should be finalizing and coming together at McGinnis Ferry Road. We will continue to work to improve customer satisfaction and services. We are looking at redoing the land use map and adding a subarea plan. We will be dealing with the ongoing possibility of the formation of a new city and the implications it will create for the county should it be approved. I vow to educate myself and the taxpayers about every aspect of this city before citizens vote on it. They can vote knowing all the facts and not just one side.
Please know that I am always here to serve everyone in Forsyth county. I have gained many new friends since being in office and have been given great advise from them. I appreciate Smart Growth Forsyth, Sawnee Woman's Club, Good Shepherd's Men's Group, Hampton HOA and Lake Forest HOA for inviting me to speak to them. I'm always here to speak and give anyone info I know about your county.
I want to wish each of you a new year filled with love, happiness and good health. May God richly bless your homes with all that you need. Thank you for allowing me to serve you.
Cindy J. Mills
District 4, Forsyth County BOC
NewsTuesday, January 20, 2015 9:32 AM
An update on the construction of new North Forsyth parks from Commissioner Mills.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 9:26 AM
A New Years message from Commissioner Cindy J Mills.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 11:00 AM
Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills welcomes the July 4th holiday with a positive message and provides an update on county business.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 3:02 PM
Commission: Mills victorious
(excerpt from the Forsyth County News; 8/22/2012)
Monday, August 6, 2012 10:48 AM
U.S. Congressman Tom Graves Endorses Cindy Jones Mills for Forsyth County Commissioner.