Education Notebook: Bibb school board revises graduation dates

June 23, 2014 

The Bibb County school board recently approved a revision to the 2015 graduation dates. The previous dates were approved in November, before the academic year calendar was approved. Therefore, the dates approved in November did not match the district’s calendar. The revised dates are:

• Thursday, May 28: Central High School at 7 p.m.

• Friday, May 29: Hutchings College and Career Charter Academy at 6 p.m.; Westside High School at 8 p.m.

• Saturday, May 30: Howard High School at 9:30 a.m.; Southwest High School at noon; Rutland High School at 2:30 p.m.;

Northeast High School at 5 p.m.

National award given to member of Georgia College faculty

Gregg Kaufman, a faculty member and coordinator of the American Democracy Project at Georgia College, recently received a national award from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

He was given the first Barbara Burch Award for Faculty Leadership in Civic Engagement at the American Democracy Project and The Democracy Commitment national meeting in Louisville, Ky.

The award recognizes exemplary faculty leadership in advancing the civic learning and engagement of undergraduate students, according to a news release.

Bibb BOE OKs weapons policy, technology plan

The Bibb County school board approved a policy Thursday that prohibits students and employees from carrying weapons on any school property, including buses, or to school functions. The policy was approved in response to House Bill 60, Georgia’s new gun law, which permits people with permits to carry guns in churches, bars and public buildings.

The school board also approved a three-year technology plan, which is a requirement of all school districts receiving federal funds.

The plan includes upgrades to the school system’s infrastructure as well as changing technology needs for the district. The plan focuses on new initiatives for the district, such as Bring Your Own Devices, Digital Content and online collaboration.

Peach school officials receive new titles

The Peach County school board organizational chart changed recently, when Ben Maddox and Wanda Stewart were named assistant superintendents.

Maddox had been the Peach director of administrative affairs and school operations, and Stewart had been the director of curriculum and instruction.

The idea for the new positions is to develop a pathway for the selection of in-house superintendent candidates, said school board Chairman Jamie Johnson.

As assistant superintendents, Maddox and Stewart will be given more leadership responsibilities to prepare them for possibly applying for the superintendent’s job in the future, Johnson said.

South Korean universities to collaborate with MGSC

South Korean students will study information technology at Middle Georgia State College as soon as spring 2015.

An agreement made formal on June 12 also creates opportunities for collaborative research, faculty training, faculty and student exchange and curricula development, according to a Middle Georgia State news release.

Students from Mokwon University and Woosuk University will complete certification programs in information technology at Middle Georgia State that will be transferrable to their home universities.

Through the School of Information Technology, Middle Georgia State has collaborative agreements with other international universities, including Higher Education Technical School of Professional Studies in Novi Sad, Serbia, and, in Poland, University of Economics in Katowice and Warsaw University of Life Sciences.

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

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