Westside High School in Bibb County is receiving a $1.7 million Blended Learning Opportunities Grant from federal stimulus money.
The grant will train teachers to use technology and help buy iPods, e-books or other technology for students to use in class this coming school year, school officials said.
The federal grant is designed to ensure that every student is technology literate.
There will be a grant kick-off meeting June 23 at Macon State College, because it is overseeing the training.
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“Clearly, engagement is the name of the game in education today,” Westside High principal Laura Perkins said.
“Being able to put current technology in the hands of our teachers and our students, we believe will result in increased student achievement.”
Westside was one of two schools in the state awarded the grant, she said.
Student leads Sonny Carter sidewalk building project
Howard High School junior Reid Probst raised $1,000 and led a service project this month to build a 155-foot sidewalk at Sonny Carter Elementary School.
Probst, a Boy Scout in Troop 170, is earning his Eagle Scout merit badge.
A group of boys poured concrete to help lay the sidewalk that streams from the school’s back door to its playground.
Carter has students with disabilities who use canes and wheelchairs, Probst said.
“This will help them get to the playground easier,” he said.
Eastman student awarded $5,000 college scholarship
Nicholas Jones, of Eastman, was awarded $5,000 from the Johnston Legacy Scholarship Program by Coca-Cola Enterprises.
Jones plans to attend Georgia Southern University this fall. His father, Donald Jones, works as a merchandiser at the Coca-Cola Sales Center in Macon. He is one of 100 children of employees to receive the scholarship. Coca-Cola Enterprises has awarded 700 college scholarships since 2002 to its employees’ children.
Houston fills leadership roles at central office, schools
The Houston County Board of Education recently selected several educators to serve in leadership roles in the central office and at schools at a called meeting Friday.
— Anthony Lunceford, principal at Lindsey Elementary, will become executive director for secondary operations.
— Cindy Flesher, principal of Centerville Elementary, will become executive director for elementary operations.
— Ron Wilson, assistant principal at Lindsey and Northside elementary schools, will become the director of special programs in the teaching and learning department. He replaces two part-time employees.
— Andy Payne, a teacher at Matt Arthur Elementary, will become assistant principal of Kings Chapel Elementary and Perry Primary.
— Kelly Munn, teacher at Northside Middle School, will become the achievement specialist at Northside Middle.
— Pat Rouse, a teacher at Houston County High, will become a counselor at Pearl Stephens Elementary.
— Pam Davis, who served as a school counselor intern at Houston County High school previously, will become part-time counselor at Eagle Springs Elementary.
Compiled by Telegraph staff writer Julie Hubbard and Andrea Castillo.