Education briefs

September 25, 2013 

Four Houston County students named to Student Advisory Council

Four Houston County students have been selected to serve on state school Superintendent John Barge’s Student Advisory Council.

Benson Anderson of Warner Robins High School; Eli Guidry of Perry High School; Molly Lauritsen of Veterans High School; and Jacob Turner of Perry High School, are among the 50 students named to the council, according to a news release.

The Student Advisory Council meets three times during the school year. Students advise Barge on how state policies impact the classroom and discuss other education-related issues, the release states.

“The Student Advisory Council is a great way for me to hear directly from students in our schools and discuss major initiatives with them,” Barge said in the release. “Having student input during the policy-making process is invaluable. The students are ultimately the ones impacted by our work, and I want them to share their ideas and concerns as we address many critical issues.’

More than 700 students applied for a spot on the council.

Free vaccine for Houston schoolchildren

Free flu vaccine will be available to Houston County schoolchildren between Oct. 23 and Dec. 10. Vaccines will be offered at 39 school sites, and consent forms will be sent home to parents.

Last year, more than 7,500 free flu vaccines were given on school campuses, according to a news release.

For more information, contact Kathryn Shiplett, lead nurse for the Houston County Board of Education, at 478-929-7767 or

Pre-k openings at Kings Chapel and Pearl Stephens

Kings Chapel and Pearl Stephens elementary schools have openings for pre-kindergarten students. There are two openings at Pearl Stephens and one at Kings Chapel, according to a news release.

The positions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Students may not already be enrolled in a Bright from the Start pre-k program.

Pre-k students must be 4 years old by Sept. 1. Registration is at the Central Registration office, which is open 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. and is located at 303 S. Davis Drive in Warner Robins.

For more information, call Ron Wilson, director of special programs, at 478-988-6330, ext. 10330.

-- Staff reports

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