EDUCATION NOTEBOOK: Pre-K programs receive $1.7M in stimulus funds

Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning released about $1.7 million in stimulus funds to upgrade more than 3,800 of Georgia’s Pre-K programs, the organization says.

Money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will allow the state’s Pre-K programs that have been in existence for more than 10 years to purchase classroom supplies.

“It is important to replace outdated materials and equipment to ensure the 82,000 children participating in Georgia’s Pre-K Program are receiving top-notch quality care and services.” Bright from the Start Commissioner Holly A. Robinson said.

Two Bibb students win laptops

Two Bibb County high school students won laptop computers after winning an essay contest sponsored by the Georgia Department of Labor. Among the 25 state winners were Kierra Bivins, a Howard High student, and Christina Gabriel, a Southwest High School student.

Students submitted a written essay about how a laptop would benefit them.

Bivins, who is wheelchair bound, said in her essay a laptop would help her complete her work, according to Bibb County school system officials.

Jones recognized for board site

The Jones County school system placed seventh in the state among smaller school systems whose school boards post school related business online.

Currently more than 170 state school systems use eBOARD to be more transparent with their communities, according to the Georgia School Boards Association.

The agency annually awards districts and school boards who shine at digitally posting board meetings and other school related work for the public.

Mobile unit to visit FVSU

Fort Valley State University will have an 18-wheel mobile unit on its campus this week that will feature hands-on agriculture exhibits.

The Monsanto Mobile Technology Unit, located near the Health and Physical Education complex, will be open from Wednesday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The unit, which has traveled all over the country, gives farmers a look at how the Monsanto agricultural company is using technology in plant breeding, biotechnology and new product innovations. Monsanto representatives will give guided tours, and the unit features an outdoor ethanol display, a high definition theater, interactive stations, displays, models and video presentations.

group to discuss charter schools

The Georgia Charter Schools Association and Lucius H. Holsey Academy of Excellence will host the annual “State of the Charter” meeting for south Georgia on Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. at East Central Technical College in Fitzgerald.

GCSA officials will discuss the current state of the charter school sector in Georgia with special emphasis on the Georgia Charter Schools Commission, the 2010 legislative agenda and the state budget, according to a news release. There will be an open question and answer period immediately following the meeting.

Telegraph staff writers Andrea Castillo and Julie Hubbard contributed to this report.