Houston County will finalize its rezoning plans for the 2010-11 school year this month.
The Houston County Board of Education will present a final map at the Jan. 12 school board meeting, and the board will meet again at noon Jan. 28 at its central office in Perry for final approval.
The meeting time was chosen to allow parents to attend the meeting during their lunch hour, officials said.
An agenda for the meeting will also be available, as personnel matters will be addressed.
Opening of new Peach schools delayed
The opening of Kay Road Elementary and Hunt Elementary in Peach County will be delayed until the end of the month, said Sara Mason, the system’s community/parent liaison.
Because of recent weather conditions, the driveways and parking lots of the schools could not be paved in time for the schools’ original opening date Thursday.
The delay also will affect students at Trojan Academy and Crossroads Alternative School.
Students will still return to school Thursday as scheduled, but classes at the four schools will take place in their current facilities until the new facilities open Jan. 28.
Peach County students will not have class Jan. 26 and 27.
Open houses for the elementary schools, Trojan Academy and Crossroads will take place Jan. 27.
Majority of college instructors work part-time
Only 27 percent of those who teach in colleges are full-time tenured or tenure-track professors, according to a Wednesday story from The New York Times.
Adjunct faculty and graduate students make up the rest, who are usually hired on a short-term basis and don’t earn as much as tenured faculty.
The trend is a reversal from 50 years ago, when three-fourths of college instructors were tenured or tenure-track faculty. Experts expect the number of adjunct faculty and graduate students teaching classes to increase as schools face dwindling funds.
Fewer language, literature faculty positions available
Applicants vying for language and literature professor positions will face much stiffer competition as fewer jobs are available in the field this year, according to information released at the Modern Language Association’s annual conference last week in Philadelphia.
The job listings posted for faculty positions on MLA’s Web site are down 37 percent from last fall. The trend continues from the previous year, when the MLA reported there were 21 percent fewer faculty positions.
About 7,400 people attended the conference, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Compiled by Telegraph staff writer Andrea Castillo.