House Bill 251, which gives parents the option to transfer their children from one public school to another in the system if that school has room, requires that school system notify parents by July 1 which of their schools have space.
In Bibb County, the school system’s tentative schools with space can be viewed at www.bibb.k12.ga.us under school transfer information. The school system said other schools may allow transfers but are not posted on the site currently because final school enrollment numbers are not finalized. Parents can find transfer applications in Bibb schools and on the system’s Web site beginning Wednesday.
Based on a preliminary list from the Houston County school system, there are openings at Lindsey Elementary, Miller Elementary, Shirley Hills Elementary and Pearl Stephens Elementary. There are no available spaces at any of Houston County’s middle or high schools. Transfers will also not be accepted at Hilltop Elementary, Lake Joy Elementary, Mossy Creek Middle and Veterans High, as schools open fewer than four years are exempt under the law.
The application and detailed instructions are available on the system’s Web site, www.hcbe.net, as well as at any school.
Transfer applicants will be notified of their status by Sept. 2, based on enrollment as of Aug. 20, the 10th day of school.
Twiggs, Crawford, Baldwin systems earn accreditation
AdvancED granted school district accreditation to 102 school systems across the nation last month, including the Twiggs, Crawford and Baldwin County school systems.
The increase in Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditations is up from 63 school systems that were awarded district accreditation in January.
School systems earn accreditation by meeting the AdvancED Standards, engaging in continuous improvement and demonstrating quality assurance through internal and external review.
District-wide accreditation ensures that school systems have high national standards and allow students a better shot into college.
AdvancED serves 27,000 public and private schools and systems across the United States and in 65 countries, educating 15 million students worldwide.
Bibb, Houston, Peach, Jones and Monroe County school systems were already awarded SACS accreditation.
Bibb BOE called meeting to be rescheduled
The Bibb County school board rescheduled a planned called meeting set for today for PROACT Search firm to present a job profile of Bibb’s new superintendent. The school board hired the firm to find quality leaders to lead Bibb’s 24,500 students and hope to hire a new leader in September.
In an effort to give the community time to offer more feedback, PROACT conducted extra phone interviews and rescheduled several focus groups, prompting the need for the date change.
A called meeting is now tentatively scheduled for the evening of July 20.
Macon-Bibb offering vaccinations, screenings
The Macon-Bibb County Health Department is giving vaccinations and hearing, vision and dental screenings, which are required for public school children, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 21 and 22. The health department is located at 171 Emery Highway. For information, call (478) 749-0113.
Macon church holding back-to-school event
New Hope Baptist Church in Macon is hosting the Back to School Family Engagement Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at 1465 Burton Ave., in Macon.
Panel discussions and breakout workshops on testing, safety, parenting, technology and graduation success will be held. Bibb County school officials are scheduled to attend, according to a church news release.
Lunch will be served at the event, which is free. For information, call (478) 474-8828.
Virginia College enrollment under way
Virginia College’s Macon campus enrolled its first student recently, who will study administrative office management this fall. Classes start Oct. 4.
The college is enrolling students at its temporary offices on Eisenhower Parkway while construction is under way on the permanent campus admissions, academic and financial aid offices, labs and classrooms near Macon Mall.
The school’s campus president is David Murray. For more information about the college, visit www.vc.edu/macon.
Public has chance to review learning resources
The public has until Thursday to review state recommended textbooks and other learning resources in the subject areas of fine arts, health and physical education, social studies, and high school math.
Thirteen learning resources evaluation sites are open. The sites will allow members of the public, including parents and educators, to review and evaluate learning resources that may be used in the classroom in the coming years.
The sites will be open Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In Middle Georgia, the site is at Northside High, located at 926 Green Street in Warner Robins.
The recommendation process for textbooks is based upon a six-year cycle. Each year the state reviews learning resources that relate to a particular subject or group of subjects. The Learning Resources Advisory Committee will meet this month to compile a recommended list of learning resources for approval by the state board and use parent input.
Warner Robins alums award scholarships
The Warner Robins High School class of 1960 recently awarded scholarships worth $2,000 to five recent graduates of the high school.
The winners were Brandon Carlson, attending Kennesaw State University in the fall; Ashley Roberts, attending the University of Georgia; Katherine Rhoades, attending Kennesaw State University; Matthew Towe, attending Valdosta State University; and Amy Gregg, attending Georgia State University.
The Warner Robins High class of 1960, which held its 50-year reunion in April, had the initial goal of raising $2,000 for one scholarship, but the donations kept pouring in and class members decided to cap collections at $10,000 — enough funds for five scholarships.
Judges considered SAT and ACT scores, grade point averages and extracurricular and community involvement among 12 applicants, Rousey said.
Rousey sees their contribution as a challenge to members of other graduating classes.
“It’s a way to give back to the school and community,” said Rousey. “I was very pleased to be able to give other scholarships.”
The Westfield School receives $100,000 for scholarships
State Bank & Trust Company recently donated $100,000 to The Westfield School in Perry toward scholarships for students transferring to the school from public institutions.
The donation was made to the school’s Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, which allows Georgia taxpayers to donate all or part of their income tax payments toward student scholarship organizations for those interested in attending private schools. Westfield is one of 102 private schools across the state that participate in GOAL.
State Bank’s donation, the largest the school has received toward the fund from a corporation, matches another it gave to Westfield last year, said Mary Jane Kinnas, the school’s public relations director.
Staff writers Andrea Castillo and Julie Hubbard compiled this report.