Stratford Academy in Macon is breaking ground Monday on its $2.7 million planned new science facilities.
Construction plans include four upper school labs and three middle school labs, including a “mega lab” for advanced level lab classes. Building plans also call for a lecture-style auditorium, multipurpose resource room, two general classroom spaces, and state-of-the-art Smart Board technology and lab-station data collection and analysis equipment in all labs.
Stratford officials plan to have the new facilities completed this spring.
Stratford kindergarten students will be dismissed early Monday, at 1:15 p.m., due to the groundbreaking ceremony slated for 2 p.m.
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@BR Body Subhed:Bibb BOE superintendent search follow-up this week
Bibb County school board members plan to meet again this week to review four superintendent candidates, as well as do any conference calls for follow-up questions, board President Gary Bechtel said late last week.
“We have Proact doing reference checks and additional background checks,” he said.
The school board met in Atlanta on Sept. 25 and 26 and interviewed four superintendent candidates, each for about 90 minutes.
The board hopes to announce its finalists by Oct. 15, Bechtel said.
@BR Body Subhed:Local parents named to state education advisory panel
State Superintendent of Schools Brad Bryant has named 28 parents from across the state to serve on his parent advisory council.
As members of the council, these parents will meet three times this year with Bryant to discuss education issues in Georgia.
The meetings will allow parents to provide feedback and input on new policies, projects and materials that influence students and their families. The Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council members will share the information they learn with community members, other families and schools. They will also serve as advisers and ambassadors in their respective communities.
In the midstate, Majie Bentley, a Pulaski County parent, Lisa Roitzsch, a Houston County parent, and Sharal Young, a Dooly County parent, will serve on the council.
Parents were nominated to serve on the council by their local school districts at the beginning of the school year. The first meeting is Wednesday at the Georgia Department of Education in Atlanta.
@BR Body Subhed:Central Georgia Technical College sets enrollment record
Central Georgia Technical College’s fall quarter enrollment hit a record, according to college officials.
A record 8,454 students attended the first day of classes at CGTC’s campuses, centers and online.
“We have been planning for the last several months for a significant enrollment increase,” said President Mike Moye.
The majority of the students are attending classes at the Macon campus. However, all of CGTC’s locations have seen growth. The college currently has a satellite campus in Milledgeville with 1,183 students enrolled, a record for that campus. Centers are also located in Crawford, Putnam, Jones and Twiggs counties, all of which have seen growth this fall. The total enrollment for fall quarter in 2009 was 6,956 students.
FVSU names interim dean of College of Arts and Sciences
Perry resident B. Keith Murphy has been named interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Fort Valley State University.
Murphy replaces Jehad Yasin, who is now a dean and professor in the Department of Urban and Professional Studies at the University of North Texas, according to a news release. Murphy has been an associate dean of the college for three years.
Murphy “has provided effective leadership as the associate dean and is quite capable of taking it to higher levels as interim dean during this time of transition,” Julius Scipio, Fort Valley State’s vice president of Academic Affairs, said in a news release.
Telegraph staff writer Julie Hubbard and Jennifer Burk contributed to this report.