Shimaya Gladden’s dream of being a pediatrician is well within her grasp now. The Northeast High School ninth-grader is one of Bibb County’s newest REACH Georgia Scholars.
Ballard-Hudson Middle School eighth-graders Layla Black and Ruth Patterson, Appling Middle eighth-grader Jayla Holloway and Gladden were recognized during a signing day ceremony before Thursday’s Bibb Board of Education meeting.
The state scholarship program provides financial, social and academic support and mentoring to students. Scholars are selected as eighth-graders and receive $10,000 for college if they maintain a 2.5 GPA, continue good attendance and behavior, and complete other requirements upon their high school graduations, said Lori Rodgers, assistant superintendent of district effectiveness and federal programs. Gladden was selected as a replacement for a scholar in the first cohort last year who moved from the area.
“My oldest (child) is going to be off to a good start,” said Shaneka Bond, Gladden’s mother. “I’m very proud of her. She is a good student.”
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Later Thursday afternoon, the Board of Education approved a contract with SP Design Group for renovation designs for Weaver Middle School. The design process should be completed in March 2018. Construction is set to start in May 2018, with an August 2019 completion date.
The project includes replacement of the school’s heating and air system, kitchen upgrades, painting and floor and ceiling work, said Jason Daniel, executive director for Capital Programs for the district.
Board members accepted $680,288 in 21st Century Community Learning Center Grants to continue after-school academic programs for Riley, Ingram-Pye, Southfield and Veterans elementary schools.
They also approved purchase orders with Georgia Specialty Equipment for $860,882 and Commercial Furnishings for $547,709 to replace classroom furniture at Vineville Academy and Union, Heritage, Southfield, Taylor, Hartley and Lane elementary schools. Five other elementary schools were outfitted with new pieces earlier this year, and this will complete the replacement project, Daniel said.
In addition, 40 two-way radios, at a cost of $14,325, and a $3,889 volleyball system will be purchased for the Academy for Classical Education.