The Bibb County school system’s Welcome Center is closed temporarily while it gets one more makeover.
Former school Superintendent Romain Dallemand sunk about $1.25 million into the building off Riverside Drive to transform it into a central registration hub. It no longer serves that purpose -- individual schools do -- but in the coming months, the building will become offices for the system’s Human Resources employees as well as a site for professional learning and the Mentors Project.
Repairs at the building and other work will take about $800,000, said Jason Daniel, executive director of capital programs. The building needs a new roof, which will cost about $300,000, and a new heating and air conditioning system will cost $250,00 to $300,000. The building is scheduled to reopen by February 2015.
With workers moving from the system’s central offices on Mulberry Street, there will be consolidation there. Employees will work on the third and fourth floors, and the system will try to rent out the first, second and fifth floors, Daniel said.
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Bibb employee is Administrator of the Year
Cassandra Miller-Washington, the Bibb County school district’s director of Career, Technical and Agricultural Education, was named Administrator of the Year by the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education at the group’s summer conference.
Miller-Washington moved to Macon after graduating from Tuskegee University in 1994 to work as the manager of campus dining for Aramark at Mercer University, according to a release. Afterward, she began working with two of the Edison schools in Bibb County. Later, she worked at Northeast High School, serving in several capacities, including a marketing teacher and department chairwoman of the school’s career and technical education program. She also worked at Central High School before earning her doctorate in 2010 and taking over as director of the CTAE Department in 2012.
Mercer University makes best colleges list
Mercer University made The Princeton Review’s annual guide, “The Best 379 Colleges,” for the 11th consecutive year.
The guide is based on surveys of 130,000 students about their school’s academics, administration, student body and themselves, according to a release. The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges academically or from No. 1 to No. 379 in any category. Instead, it provides 62 rankings of the top 20 colleges in various categories.
A two-page profile on the university noted that “Mercer is a place that respects its students and knows the enormous potential its students have.”
The publication continues, “Students are involved in clubs, sports, and civic groups and with one another. The student body here is diverse, with the tie that binds being that most take part in community service through some venue.”
Springdale unveils new mascot
Students at Springdale Elementary School got a warm welcome to the new school year from the school’s new mascot, Eddie Dale.
“The kids love him,” said Michael Bradshaw, president of the school’s parent-teacher group. “He’s definitely been a hit.”
Eddie will appear on the school’s morning news program and will attend all the school’s major events, including fundraisers.
New CEO at Heart of Georgia College and Career Academy
Tiffany Lofton has been named the new CEO at the Heart of Georgia College and Career Academy.
She will also be teaching Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management to about 30 students.
Previously, she was the department chair of Developmental English for Horry Georgetown Technical College in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The Heart of Georgia College and Career Academy is a academic partnership between Dublin city, Laurens, Bleckley and Wheeler County school systems. Opening this August, it will be the first academy in the state to offer advanced courses in mathematics and scientific inquiries from the Southern Regional Education Board.
Mercer law school names NEW director
Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law announced the appointment of David Ritchie to the position of director of international initiatives.
In the new position, he will help increase the visibility of the law school’s current international programs and offerings as well as implement a plan for growing offerings in this area of law, a release said.
Part of his role will include increasing opportunities for study abroad, student exchanges with foreign universities, international externship placements and general guidance for current and prospective students interested in practicing international law.
Ritchie has been a professor at Mercer’s law school since 2005 and specializes in philosophy of law and cultural, social and political philosophy.
New Gwinnett president has Macon ties
D. Glen Cannon has been named the new president at Gwinnett Technical College.
Cannon had been the president of Chattahoochee Valley Community College, part of the Alabama Community College System, since 2011. His previous experience includes 22 years working at Georgia’s technical colleges, mainly as the chief financial officer of those institutions.
He was the vice president of administrative services at Central Georgia Technical College in Macon from 1994 to 2007.
Compiled by staff writer Oby Brown.