Education notebook: GMC, Wesleyan earn ranks in Washington Monthly

Georgia Military College is ranked 12th in Washington Monthly’s 2010 list of “America’s 50 Best Community Colleges,” according to a GMC news release.

More than 650 community colleges nationwide vied for a slot on the rankings.

The Washington Monthly ranking of America’s best community colleges began in 2007 and is based on two sources: the Community College Survey of Student Engagement and graduation rates published by the U.S. Department of Education.

Georgia Military College has eight locations across the state and serves more than 5,000 students. Fall registration for the Milledgeville campus will be held Sept. 13.

Meanwhile, Wesleyan College was ranked 47th on the magazine’s 2010 liberal arts colleges list, a school news release stated.

The schools were ranked based on “their contribution to the public good,” according to the magazine, looking at factors such as the number of students receiving Pell Grants, school research dollars and the number of students who eventually join the Peace Corps or serve in the ROTC.

There are 607 undergraduates and 81 students enrolled in graduate programs at Wesleyan, according to its website. Fall classes began Aug. 25.

Among Georgia schools, Morehouse, Spelman, Agnes Scott and Paine colleges also made the liberal arts colleges list.

Bibb science fair information to be available Monday

Bibb County school parents who need tips for their child’s upcoming science fair project can attend Monday’s “Science Fair Information Night.”

The information session will be held 6-7 p.m. at the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road.

The workshop is free for students, parents, and teachers in grades 4-12.

Professors from local colleges will talk about how to create and execute award-winning science fair projects.

Washington County High earns grant to buy technology for students

Washington County High School in Sandersville has been awarded a $1.3 million grant to buy netbooks and other technology for students this school year, according to a news release from the school system.

The grant is from the eTextbook Title IID American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The system will purchase netbooks for this year’s high school freshmen and sophomores, and teachers, and buy online textbooks, extra netbook batteries and pay for teacher training to use the mini laptops. Freshmen in the 2011-2012 school year and 2012-2013 school year will also get the devices.

Beth Spratt, instructional technology coordinator for Washington County Schools said, “One of the most beneficial aspects is our students will have access to information in eTextbooks that is updated annually. Our reliance on printed textbooks with outdated content will cease.”

Peach school system assistant superintendent retiring

Peach County school system employees and community members marked the retirement of Assistant Superintendent of Operations C.B. Mathis at a celebration Wednesday in Hunt Elementary School’s cafeteria.

Mathis’ retirement, effective Tuesday, follows 35 years of service in the state, with 20 of those in Peach County.

“He’s one that we could always call on,” said Sara Mason, Peach County’s parent/community liaison. “Anyone in system could call on C.B. — he’s always there to help. He’s one of those 24-7 guys.”

Mathis considers overseeing the construction of Hunt and Kay Road elementaries, which opened its doors to students in May, among his top accomplishments during his time in Peach County.

“I was appreciative. It was a very humbling experience to think people thought that much about what I was doing to support the school system,” he said.

“People have to move on after a while; things move on. There are new beginnings and new endings. I’ll miss the people here.”

After a month of retirement, Mathis will pursue job opportunities elsewhere, he said.

Dance to benefit SSU, FVSU scholarship funds

The Metro Macon chapters of Savannah State University and Fort Valley State University, along with the Legal Defense Coalition, are hosting a fundraiser dance Sept. 10 in Macon.

The dance will take place from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Ramada Plaza, and tickets are $20 per person, said Savannah State University alumna Ann Callaway, co-chair of the Music City Classic Dance.

The money raised from the dance will fund scholarships for students at the two schools. It will also help with attorney fees from a lawsuit, filed by the Legal Defense Coalition in April. The suit claims Georgia’s public historically black colleges and universities — Albany State University, Fort Valley State University and Savannah State University — are underfunded in comparison to other colleges in the state. The dance takes place before a football game 2 p.m. Sept. 11 between Fort Valley State and Savannah State at Macon’s Henderson Stadium.

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