The Bibb County school system is making some changes to help boost the district’s lagging graduation rate.
Called Project Achieve, the system is revising its graduation coach’s job description and revising its graduation handbook to be more effective, among other changes.
School officials announced the project at the Bibb County school board meeting Thursday.
The school system has a 62 percent graduation rate, below the state average.
School officials said that since Bibb has lower household incomes, a larger unskilled work force and more living in poverty, it is imperative the system focus on increasing their graduation rate.
Houston school H1N1 vaccinations begin
More than 200 H1N1 vaccines were administered at clinics in Houston County schools Dec. 7, said Superintendent David Carpenter at the board’s Dec. 8 meeting.
On the first day the H1N1 vaccines were administered in school-based clinics, 113 vaccines were administered at Lindsey Elementary School, and 105 were administered at Pearl Stephens Elementary School, Carpenter said.
In addition, Houston County schools have received 1,500 bottles of hand-sanitizer from Houston Healthcare, he said.
Central JROTC stands high in national rankings
Central High School’s Junior ROTC program ranks above 96 percent of Junior ROTC programs in the nation, Central instructor Maj. Charles Abbott said.
The program, which has 153 cadets, was inspected Wednesday by Army members for its physcial fitness of students, leadership and level of their involvement.
Out of a 1,000 point possible inspection, Central’s program earned 973, Abbott said.
It means the unit earns another gold star, which it has done for the past 14 years.
“It assumes you as the top unit in Georgia and nation, and puts you on a list,” he said.
There are about 1,100 Junior ROTC programs nationally.
The ranking allows Abbott to nominate his cadets who qualify straight to a military academy, such as West Point or The Citadel, he said.
Junior ROTC is an elective.
Last school year, among the 19 seniors enrolled, 11 went into the service, Abbott said.
First Presbyterian Day hires new director of admissions
Cheri Frame, a First Presbyterian Day School alum, was recently hired as the Macon private school’s director of admissions.
Frame graduated in 1989 and is the former owner of In Good Taste gift shop.
She has a marketing and management degree from Mercer University.
“I’m excited to return to FPD in a role where I can make a difference,” Frame said.
FPD Headmaster Gregg Thompson said Frame is a great fit for the job with her community connections and sense of the school as a former student.
Northside Middle School to offer summer program
The Houston County Board of Education voted unanimously to offer a summer program at Northside Middle School in 2010 for 36 students at its board meeting last week.
Funded by a grant from the Georgia Department of Human Services, the program will provide activities primarily for middle school students who qualify for free and reduced lunches, said Stephen Thublin, assistant superintendent for finance and business operations.
Barden honor students rewarded with movie
AmStar Cinema 16 and Sonic Drive In restaurant planned to team up for a special screening of the new Disney animated movie “The Princess & The Frog” this morning at the theater.
The special screening was to be exclusively for students at Agnes Barden Elementary School who made the first semester honor roll. Princess Tiana, a character from the movie, was scheduled to greet the students, who were also to receive goody bags from the theater, AmStar general manager Wes Clark said.
In addition, for the second straight year, Barden students made Christmas ornaments that will adorn a tree at the theater.
“Dr. (Jacqueline) Jackson wanted to promote academic excellence, and this opportunity was just perfect,” Clark said.
Compiled by Andrea Castillo, Julie Hubbard and Phillip Ramati of The Telegraph staff