EDUCATION NOTEBOOK: Midstate schools honored as Title I Distinguished schools

Several Middle Georgia public schools were listed among 896 schools in the state named by State Superintendent Kathy Cox as Georgia Title I Distinguished Schools.

Title I schools have a significant population of students who are economically disadvantaged and receive federal money to assist with the education of these students.

Title I Distinguished Schools that have made AYP for three consecutive years are awarded a certificate, while those that have made AYP four or more years receive a monetary award, paid for out of federal funds, according to a news release.

The list included 22 schools in Houston County, 14 in Bibb County, one in Peach County, as well as others in Baldwin, Bleckley, Crawford, Jasper, Jones, Laurens, Macon and Monroe counties, as well as Dublin City schools.

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Two midstate colleges will hold ground-breaking events in coming weeks.

Georgia Military College will host a ground-breaking ceremony for a new administrative building at its Warner Robins campus, 801 Duke Ave., today at 3 p.m.

The building will house the admissions office, business office, bookstore, seven faculty offices, five classrooms and a computer lab.

At Fort Valley State University, a ground-breaking ceremony will be held 10 a.m. Nov. 19 for the State Animal Facility for Emergencies Center at the construction site next to the O’Neal Veterinary Science Building.

The SAFE Center, the only one in Georgia, will have a large animal barn and a dog and cat area. The facility will also have a meeting area, restrooms and a supply room.

It will be used to temporarily hold animals in the case of disasters, as well as house neglected and abandoned animals apprehended by the state on a short-term basis until they can be relocated to an animal protection organization.

Expected guests at the ground-breaking include Tommy Irvin, commissioner of Georgia’s Department of Agriculture; Terry Coleman, GDA’s deputy commissioner; state Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Evans, House Appropriations chairman; and state Sen. Jack Hill, R-Reidsville, Senate Appropriations chairman.

With an initial $750,000 in funding from the state of Georgia, the animal facility is expected to be completed by summer 2010.


Georgia Apply to College Week will take place at 44 participating Georgia high schools beginning today.

The event, proclaimed by Gov. Sonny Perdue, has the goal of providing all Georgia high school seniors with the opportunity to apply to college using, with a focus on providing assistance to first generation students as they navigate the college application process, according to the program’s Web site.

Among the participating schools are Bleckley County High School and Jasper County High School on Wednesday; Macon County High School on Thursday; and Hawkinsville High School and Westside High School on Friday.

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The Mount de Sales football team was recently presented with decals depicting the insignia of the Georgia National Guard 48th Brigade Combat Regiment Team to wear on their helmets during region playoffs.

The football players will honor the Georgia citizen-soldiers currently deployed in Afghanistan.

Several area football teams are wearing decals presented to them by the 48th Brigade.

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