Education Notebook: Houston BOE to present proposed zones

The Houston County Board of Education plans to present proposed school zones for the 2010-11 school year at its Tuesday board meeting.

The board also has scheduled two meetings to discuss zoning for the 2010-11 school year. The meetings will take place Oct. 27 at Houston County High School and Nov. 19 at Warner Robins High School. Both meetings will begin at 7 p.m. in the theater.

All Houston County high schools will be affected by the opening of Veterans High School in August 2010. Slight adjustments also are proposed for six other schools: Eagle Springs Elementary School, Quail Run Elementary School, Huntington Middle School, Northside Middle School, Thomson Middle School and Warner Robins Middle School, according to a news release.

Information will be posted on the school board Web site,, on the zoning page as of Wednesday, according to the release.

The zoning page will include a survey where one may enter questions and comments. The questions will be used for the public meetings and a frequently asked questions document, which will be posted online. The page also will include current zone maps, proposed zone maps and information — including photos, a timeline and a virtual tour — about the new school

After the public hearings, the school board plans to make corresponding zoning changes and approve the final zones during its January 2010 meeting, said Beth McLaughlin, director of community and school affairs.


Flu vaccine clinics at Houston County schools have been canceled, according to a news release from the Houston County Board of Education. The Health Department cannot provide seasonal flu vaccines because of problems receiving the FluMist vaccine from suppliers. Parents who sent in payment for vaccines will receive refunds.


A Mercer professor and several students will make a presentation Wednesday about their three-year project to develop and deliver low-cost prosthetics to the developing world, which included a trip to Vietnam this summer, according to a university news release.

Dr. Ha Van Vo, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering, and several students traveled to work with Vietnamese amputees living in and around Ho Chi Minh City as part of a Mercer On Mission trip.

The presentation will be in the Science and Engineering Building Auditorium, Room 110, on Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m.

The event is co-sponsored by Mercer’s Faculty/Staff Christian Fellowship and the engineering school and is free and open to the public.

There will be a reception following the presentation.


Construction is on schedule for a new building at Fort Valley State University for the school’s undergraduate science departments, according to a university news release.

The energy-efficient building, costing $16.8 million, began construction 13 months ago and is scheduled for completion Dec. 22.

The new science building, to replace the current Miller Science Building, will be 59,000 square feet and includes SMART-enabled classrooms, wireless hot spots, biology, chemistry and physical sciences labs, as well as auditorium-styled classrooms and a lecture hall.

To contact writer Andrea Castillo, call 256-9751.