Education Notebook: Bibb County’s community survey results released

May 25, 2014 

In a blog post published Thursday, interim Superintendent Steve Smith discussed results of an online survey completed by 545 educators, parents and community members this month.

Positive opinion toward the system administration is holding steady, but the percentage of respondents who said they were comfortable speaking with administrators is too low, Smith wrote.

The survey showed that positive opinion has increased significantly since summer 2013, especially in the areas of leadership, communication and school climate.

Gains have been made in managing discipline and providing access to technology, but more is needed in those areas, according to the district’s report on the survey.

A link to the report can be found on the superintendent’s blog on the district’s website.

Mercer University names Stamps Scholars

Mercer University has selected five students for its third class of Stamps Scholars as part of the university’s participation in the Stamps Scholars Program.

The students are Anna Lisa Ciarrocca, of Laurinburg, N.C.; Sydney Erin Koenig, of Richmond Hill; Donovan Cristopher Latherow, of Tarpon Springs, Fla.; Oge Chiwendu Onuh, of Antioch, Tenn.; and Steven James Pirvu, of Gonzales, La., according to the university. The program is funded by the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Inc.

“Students selected to be a part of the Stamps Scholars Program are of excellent character and demonstrate the desire to combine research and service-learning and to use their gifts and talents to solve many of the world’s problems,” said Penny Elkins, senior vice president for enrollment management at Mercer.

The five recipients were chosen from more than 170 applicants based on their leadership, scholarship, service and innovation. The scholarship covers the full cost of attendance, including tuition, fees, room, board and books. In addition, Stamps Scholars will each receive an iPad and a $16,000 enrichment stipend to support activities such as study abroad, undergraduate research, unpaid internships and conference fees during their four-year stay at Mercer.

E. Roe Stamps IV, who was raised in Macon and is a graduate of Stratford Academy, and his wife, Penny, established the foundation in part to help exceptional students realize their dream of achieving a college education.

Mount de Sales Academy student is essay winner

The United States Institute of Peace announced that Kyle Lucas won the 2014 National Peace Essay Contest for Georgia and earned a $1,000 academic scholarship.

His essay, “Finding Neutral Ground in Security Sector Reform,” examined how security sector reform contributes to sustainable peace, according to a release.

Each year, the scholarship competition challenges students to think about international conflict issues related to the institute’s work. Around the world, the institute helps to build professional, sustainable and locally supported security institutions that promote democracy and the rule of law by assisting U.S. and foreign governments in reform efforts and developing cadres of experts through education and training.

MGSC to help veterans with out-of-state tuition waivers

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs designated Middle Georgia State College as a Yellow Ribbon School for the 2014-15 academic year.

Participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program means Middle Georgia State can charge in-state tuition for up to 50 non-resident veterans.

“The military community is a major asset to the region and we are committed to being a first-choice provider of higher education to those who have served us in the Armed Forces,” said Sheri Rowland, vice president for enrollment management, through a Middle Georgia State news release.

Staff writer Andres David Lopez and Oby Brown contributed to this report.

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