Transfer policy in place for Houston schools

June 30, 2014 

There are preliminary openings in nine Houston County elementary schools and six middle schools for students already in the school system to transfer to a different school.

House Bill 251, passed in 2009, gives parents the option to request their children attend any school within the school system based on space availability. In accordance with the law, the Houston County school system created a process for parents to exercise that option and a process to determine space availability, according to a news release.

There are openings at the following elementary schools: Bonaire, Centerville, Hilltop, Kings Chapel, Lindsey, Miller, Northside, Parkwood and Russell. The following middle schools also have openings: Huntington, Mossy Creek, Northside, Perry, Thomson and Warner Robins. The openings are grade specific, and all high schools are at capacity.

Parents who want to request a school transfer should print a 2014-2015 Application to Request Public School Transfer from the website, www.hcbe.net, or pick up a form at any school. Applications will be accepted Aug. 1-20.

A computer-generated lottery will be used to approve or deny transfer requests if applications exceed a school’s space availability. Families that request a transfer will be notified of approval or denial by Aug. 22. All students must start the school year at their zoned school. Approved transfers will be effective no earlier than Aug. 29, according to a news release.

Applications for transfer must be mailed to Michelle Masters, assistant superintendent for school operations, at Houston County Board of Education, P.O. Box 1850, Perry, GA 31069. Schools are not accepting these applications. For more information, contact Masters at Michelle.Masters@hcbe.net or 478-218-7512.

Central Georgia Tech receives accreditation

Central Georgia Technical College has been continued in accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the college recently announced.

As a result of the July 2013 merger between Middle Georgia Technical College in Warner Robins and the former Central Georgia Technical College in Macon, the new CGTC was required to seek the continuation of the existing accreditation that each college held separately. The association recently voted to continue the merged college’s accreditation with no reporting requirements.

To gain or maintain accreditation, an institution must comply with specific standards as outlined by the association, according to a news release. With this accreditation, CGTC remains one of nearly 800 regionally accredited colleges and universities in the region. Additionally, the accreditation allows CGTC graduates to easily transfer credits with partnering institutions.

Student to attend national government session

Katherine Strickland, a rising senior at First Presbyterian Day School, is one of two young women from Georgia selected to attend the 68th Annual American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation Session to be held July in Washington, D.C. Strickland was selected based on her scholastic ranking and interest in learning more about local and state government.

During the session, students focus on responsible citizenship and study local, county, state and federal government processes.

Students participate in mock senate sessions, complete with caucusing and debating bills, and will meet President Barack Obama. Students hold campaigns to select Girls Nation leaders, hear guest speakers and visit the Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery, the White House and memorials in the Washington area.

Strickland is the daughter of Lucia and Jay Strickland, of Macon, and was sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 3.

Telegraph writer Jenna Mink compiled this report.

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