Education Notebook: Forum set for Peach public to meet superintendent finalists

June 15, 2014 

The Peach County Board of Education is inviting all stakeholders to meet the top two candidates vying to become the next superintendent: Daryl Fineran, former superintendent of Wayne County schools, and Jim LeBrun, superintendent of McDuffie County schools.

Both candidates are scheduled to attend a public forum Tuesday, along with Peach school board members. The forum will start at 6:30 p.m. at Peach County High School in Fort Valley.

GMC signs agreement with FVSU

Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, president of Georgia Military College, and Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, president of Fort Valley State University, signed an agreement recently that will allow GMC students to apply their associate degree credits toward FVSU baccalaureate degrees.

GMC students will be able to transfer degree credits without losing credit hours, providing an easier transition to FVSU.

GMC is a liberal arts-based, two-year college with operations on nine campuses, including Warner Robins, throughout the state. It serves about 12,000 students annually, many of whom go on to pursue baccalaureate degrees at four-year colleges and universities.

Georgia College choir director appointed to symposium

Jennifer Flory, director of choral activities at Georgia College, was selected as a Governor’s Teaching Fellow for the 2014 Summer Symposium. As one of 14 faculty members from colleges and universities across Georgia, she was selected after a competitive application and selection process, according to a news release.

The program is an outreach project of the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia.

Organization looking for host families in midstate

Ayusa International, a nonprofit organization that helps facilitate high school student cultural exchanges and leadership programs, is launching its annual search for families in Georgia interested in hosting international students for the 2014-2015 school year.

Ayusa works with families interested in hosting an international student of high-school age. Families without children, empty nesters, military families, retirees and single people are welcome, according to a statement from the group. The family must provide three meals a day and a bedroom.

Each exchange student is supported by a local representative from Ayusa who works closely with the family, student and local school throughout the program.

Ayusa’s exchange students are 15 to 18 years old and come from more than 60 countries around the world. All students are fully insured, bring their own spending money and are proficient in English.

For more information, visit www.ayusa.org or call 888-552-9872.

Mercer law school receives Gambrell award

The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Professionalism has named Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law as a recipient of this year’s E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award. The Gambrel Award honors excellence and innovation in professionalism programs, according to a news release.

Mercer law school was one of two recipients this year and was selected based on a component of its first-year required professionalism course. This year’s award will be presented Aug. 8 during the ABA annual meeting in Boston.

Houston school district may participate in math study

The Florida Center for Reading Research, which is part of Florida State University, has invited the Houston County school system to apply to participate in a research study meant to generate instructional strategies for teaching fractions.

“The topic of fractions is a key problem area in elementary mathematics that has been targeted for improvement by many across the U.S. Recent research has demonstrated that understanding fractions is essential for success in algebra,” according to material provided by the Florida Center for Reading Research.

Three-year technology plan in place for Houston schools

A three-year technology plan was approved at Tuesday’s Houston County school board meeting. In fiscal 2016 the district is looking to add computer labs of at each of the 38 schools. The labs will use 30 Thin Client computers, which are similar to the N-Computing devices that will be used in Bibb County school media labs.

The media lab strategy is just one item in a comprehensive 20 page plan.

Presently, the district has 11,024 instructional computers, and 1,821 in classrooms. Overall, the ratio is about 2.5 students per computer, according to the plan, which can be accessed through the school board’s June regular meeting agenda by visiting www.HCBE.net.

Telegraph writers Andres David Lopez, Jenna Mink and Oby Brown contributed to this report.

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