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Education briefs: Houston, Peach represented on advisory panels

Houston, Peach represented on advisory panels

Houston and Peach county representatives were recently named to the governor’s four Education Advisory Boards, made up of superintendents, principals, teachers and local school board members from each congressional district.

Peach County’s Daryl Fineran was named to the board of superintendents. Houston County High School’s Douglas Rizer picked up a spot on the principals’ board.

The boards will meet with the governor and his staff over the next year to provide guidance on education policy issues facing the state.

FVSU wants former students back

Fort Valley State University recently launched the Recruit Back program, a campaign to encourage former students who left campus or dropped out to return and complete their degrees.

The campaign is in line with Gov. Nathan Deal’s new “Go Back, Move Ahead” program.

For more information about the program, call 478-825-6858.

Grants for Houston teachers

Feagin Mill Middle School teacher Caroline Lane and Warner Robins Middle School teacher Benjamin Reese were among 40 of Georgia’s first-year teachers to receive a New Teacher Assistance Grant from Georgia Power.

Joe Brownlee, Georgia Power area manager, will present each teacher a $1,000 New Teacher Assistance Grant on Friday at their schools.

Teacher nominations were submitted to Georgia Power by the 20 Georgia public colleges and universities that have a school of education. To be eligible for the grant, candidates must be a first-year public school teacher and in the top 25 percent of their class academically. They must also demonstrate a high aptitude for teaching.

Since 2004, Georgia Power has awarded these grants to encourage new teachers to stay in the profession. The grant may be used to purchase classroom supplies such as books, educational materials and technology.

-- Staff reports