Education notebook: Houston board member to run in special election

Houston County Board of Education member Helen Hughes said she will run again for office this year.

Hughes, who replaced the late Pamela Greenway in May 2009, will participate in a special election for the remaining two years of Greenway’s term, which began in 2008.

Houston County voters will make their decision at the polls July 20 during the primary election. The candidates for Post 5 will appear on both the Democratic and Republican ballots.

Hughes listed honesty, integrity and trustworthiness among her character traits and said her experience during the last 10 months encouraged her to seek the post again.

“I owe a debt of gratitude and an obligation to the community,” she said.

Houston resident irked by rezoning

Though the Houston County Board of Education approved its rezoning plans in January, one Bonaire resident is still expressing his displeasure with school leaders.

Darin Rase, whose home was zoned for Veterans High School in the original and alternate proposals, said he was surprised to find his home was moved to the Warner Robins High School zone in the board’s final plan.

Rase said the board should have presented the plan to the public before voting. “The board abandoned the transparent process,” he said at Houston County’s work session last week.

Several dozen residents of southeastern Houston County also stand behind Rase, he said.

He said Warner Robins High is overcrowded while Veterans is being underused, and he and his neighbors live closer to Veterans. Rase also maintains a blog on the topic, titled ‘Fight Houston County Unfair School Zoning Vote.’

Mount de Sales, Mercer launch dual-enrollment program

Mount de Sales Academy students can now earn college credit through a dual-enrollment program with Mercer University.

The program initially will be available to seven Mount de Sales students starting this fall.

According to a news release, upon completion students will be able to apply their credits toward degree completion at Mercer or transfer it to another university.

The selection of seven Mount de Sales students for this fall was based on grade point average, SAT scores and letters of recommendations from parents and private school administrators. The students will take a Principles of Human Geography course for the fall semester and will be able to take a second course in Introductory Sociology, Gendered Lives, Beginning Latin or Introduction to Communication. “Mount de Sales is excited for our students to have the opportunity to participate in the dual-enrollment program with Mercer,” said Kathleen R. Prebble, president of Mount de Sales Academy. “This new program will enhance the strong connection that currently exists between our schools.”

Mercer President William D. Underwood said, “The proximity of the academy to our campus, the rigor of its academic program and the history of cooperation between the two institutions make this a logical partnership.”

Howard High baseball team thanks 48th Brigade at game

At the Howard High School baseball game against Monticello Friday in Macon, both teams recognized members of the 48th Brigade who just returned from active duty in Afghanistan.

Military personnel from all branches were invited to attend the game to be recognized during a brief ceremony.

A member of the 48th was invited to throw out the first pitch, and military personnel were treated to a small cookout.

“I wanted to express our thanks with a small token and dedicate a baseball game to them by having military appreciation at one of our games,” said Howard coach Danny Slaughter. “Without the sacrifices of our brave men and women in uniform, past and present, we would not be the greatest country in the world and have the opportunity to even play baseball.”

Mercer student awarded $25,000 scholarship to study abroad

Mercer University senior Joshua Coleman was awarded a $25,000 2010-2011 Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship recently, according to a university news release.

Coleman, an English and French double major, will use the scholarship to study at the L’Universitie Catholique de l’Ouest in France.

At Mercer, Coleman has participated in Model United Nations, served as the minister of executive affairs for the Mercer Quiz Bowl, and worked as a peer adviser for underclassmen. He has also participated in the publication of The Dulcimer, a student-produced literary review, and he is a member of the Southeastern Writing Center Association and Omicron Delta Kappa, a leadership society.

“Josh represents the exemplary Mercerian who wants to learn more about himself through others,” said Eric Spears, director of international education and assistant professor of geography at Mercer. “I am enormously pleased that he has been given this Rotary scholarship. He will be a terrific ambassador and future leader.”

Coleman will also volunteer with the Rotary Club by speaking to local Rotary Clubs and organizations about his ambassadorial experience.

The Rotary Foundation’s Ambassadorial Scholarships program was founded in 1947 and is a highly selective, privately funded international scholarship program. Its aim is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas.

NAACP chapter hoping to start on Wesleyan College Campus

Some students at Wesleyan College in Macon are hoping to start an NAACP chapter on its campus, according to NAACP Macon branch President Al Tillman.

To start a college charter, 25 members are needed. So far eight students have signed up.

An informal discussion on the history of the NAACP will be held at 6 p.m. tonight at Porter Auditorium on the Wesleyan College campus off Wesleyan Drive and Forsyth Road. Students who attend will also receive a credit. For information, visit or call Jessica Spencer at (912) 228-0640.

MGTC president becomes Griffin Tech interim leader

Middle Georgia Technical College President Ivan Allen will become the interim president of Griffin Technical College beginning today, according to a news release.

Bobby Arnold, the former president of Griffin Tech, has been moved to the Technical College System of Georgia’s main office. Officials have not decided when his permanent replacement will be chosen.

Jeff Scruggs, the vice president for economic development and institutional support at Middle Georgia Tech, will be the school’s acting president until Allen returns.

Scruggs, who has been working at Middle Georgia Tech since 1995, has also served as a computer information sciences instructor and held various administrative roles. Allen became the school’s president in 2005.

On July 1, Griffin Tech and Flint River Technical College will combine into Southern Crescent Technical College.

Compiled by Telegraph staff writers Andrea Castillo and Julie Hubbard.