A three-year phase-in for Baldwin County school system students to wear uniforms kicks in at the high school when school resumes.
“Uniforms became mandatory for all elementary schools two years ago. This (most recent) school term uniforms were mandatory for both elementary and middle school students,” Baldwin County school Superintendent Geneva Braziel said. “Next school term, uniforms will be mandatory for elementary, middle and high school students.”
She said it has worked well so far.
Students will wear solid-colored polo style shirts in red, black or white or their school colors, and pants, shorts or skirts in khaki, black and navy.
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No denim is allowed, she said.
Submitted petition asks Bibb to teach Bible
Three church members gave the Bibb County school board a petition this past Thursday with 2,037 names of people who want the Bible to be taught in the school system.
“I started this petition three years ago,” said Jellarn Harris, who attends Center Hill Baptist on Cedar Avenue in Macon. “I went door-to-door and in two years did not get enough names.”
She said she used to work with Ingram-Pye Elementary School’s parent-teacher association and had a grandchild in the school.
She said she wanted the school system to offer the Bible as its own class because the state allows it.
Few, if any, Middle Georgia public school systems offer the course because of funding cuts or potential legal problems.
School board member Susan Middleton said she admired what Harris and the other church members were asking.
“There are always staffing issues. We can’t offer the course for a handful of kids,” she said. “Bible is included in literature. It gets discussed in history.
“They brought it to us, we’ll deal with it.”
UGA student from Macon awarded study abroad grant
Brianna Randall of Macon was awarded a $1,000 study abroad grant by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, according to a news release. Randall is the daughter of Robert and Carolyn Randall. She is a marketing major at the University of Georgia.
Randall traveled to Siem Reap, Cambodia, to study travel writing and broaden her view of international business.
Randall is among 50 students nationally to receive the Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant. The program is designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad.
Houston wants survey feedback
The Houston County school system is encouraging parents to complete its Title IIA Parent Survey to help determine how school improvement funds will be used locally, according to a news release.
Parents have until June 4 to fill out the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/MJVMFGV.
The survey is also available in Spanish at any Houston County school. For more information, Pamela Knauer, coordinator of social studies and media services, can be reached at (478) 988-6396, extension 10232, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wesleyan professors receive excellence awards
Three professors at Wesleyan College received teaching excellence awards at the school’s Honors Day ceremony in April, according to a news release.
Deidra Donmoyer, assistant professor of communication, was presented with the 2010 Vulcan Materials Company Teaching Excellence Award. The distinction honors a faculty member in areas such as model classroom teaching and campus leadership.
Michele Martin, associate professor of psychology, received the 2010 Ann Munck Award for Excellence in Teaching presented for her knowledge, instructional approaches, interaction with students and dedication to Wesleyan’s mission, among other criteria. The award was created on behalf of a former Wesleyan professor.
For showing an interest in students and co-workers and promoting a value-based education, Holly Boettger-Tong, associate professor of biology, was given the 2010 United Methodist Church Exemplary Teacher Award by the church’s Division of Higher Education of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
Houston Career Academy meeting rescheduled
The Board of Directors for the Houston County Career Academy will meet 6 p.m. Tuesday at the school, according to a school news release. The meetings usually take place during the fourth Thursday of the month.
Compiled by Telegraph staff writers Julie Hubbard and Andrea Castillo.