Outgoing Peach County school board members Kay Whitley and Jody Usry were recognized for their years of service at a board meeting Tuesday.
“I want to thank you for your courage and straightforwardness and willingness to ask tough questions,” Superintendent Susan Clark said of Whitley, who served on the school board for four years.
Outgoing chairman Usry had been on the school board for eight years.
“I want to thank him for his humor, thank him for (not) taking ourselves too seriously, and most of all, I want to thank him for his leadership,” Clark said of Usry.
FVSU receives re-accreditation
Fort Valley State University has been re-accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools for 10 years, university officials announced Thursday.
The accreditation process, a review of the educational quality of a school, requires that institutions develop a plan to improve student learning and includes committee visits to the schools themselves, according to SACS’ website.
School leaders who were part of Fort Valley State’s re-accreditation process are Julius Scipio, the school’s vice president for academic affairs and school SACS accreditation liaison; Vann Newkirk, associate vice president for academic affairs; and Josephine Davis, mathematics professor and director of the institution’s quality enhancement plan, according to a news release.
Fort Valley State has been preparing for the accreditation process since 2006, a few months after President Larry Rivers took on the top leadership role at the university.
Greene County superintendent receives national award
One midstate school leader has received a national award for her leadership skills.
Greene County superintendent Barbara Pulliam Davis was given the Joseph E. Hill Superintendent of the Year Award at this year’s National Alliance of Black School Educators conference.
The award recognizes superintendents who show leadership qualities that lead to positive outcomes for students of African descent, a school news release said.
Before coming to Greene County in 2008, she served as the superintendent in Clayton County and the St. Louis Park School District in Minnesota. She has also held positions in education in Michigan, North Carolina and Illinois.
Special ed students get special visit
Adam Ragan — brother to NASCAR driver and car dealership owner David Ragan — visited special education students at Hunt Elementary Tuesday.
Students had the chance to see David Ragan’s race car up close and meet Adam Ragan, a Quarter Midget racing record holder who also has Down syndrome.
Adam Ragan encouraged students to “work hard in the classroom.”
Also at the event was Chris Buescher, a development driver with Roush Fenway Racing, the team David Ragan is a part of.
“I just wanted to show (the students) something I love,” said Joy Sanders, a special education teacher at Hunt. “They never get to the track. They never get this close to race car drivers. This means a lot to me.”
Compiled by Telegraph staff writer Andrea Castillo.