Education Notebook: Georgia College to help underserved communities

Georgia College & State University on Monday is scheduled to sign an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to participate in the EPA College/Underserved Community Partnership Program and work on areas of mutual interest, according to an EPA statement.

A regional office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services also will sign a related agreement with EPA to support schools and communities in the effort in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Underserved communities are to be provided with additional resources and diverse perspectives of a college-educated student body, while students benefit from working with government officials, community organizations, environmental professionals and other stakeholders to solve existing problems. Among the participants expected at Monday’s signing at the college in Milledgeville are Eatonton Mayor John Reid.


Perry High School’s FFA team won first in the nation in the nursery and landscape career development event.

The team traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, to compete and bring home the national championship. Perry High’s nursery and landscape team members are Tanner Jones, Liston Mehserle, Ben Parker and Dean Schofil. Argene Claxton serves as their agriculture education teacher and FFA adviser. Each student won a $1,000 scholarship and trip to student career days at North Carolina State University this coming spring.

In addition, all of Perry High’s team members earned gold individual rankings. The students won individual awards as follows: Ben Parker – 1st place individual; Tanner Jones – 2nd high individual; Liston Mehserle - 5th high individual; and Dean Schofil - 8th place individual.

During the nursery/landscape competition, FFA members test their knowledge and skills in nursery practices and landscaping. Participants must complete a general knowledge exam testing horticultural principles to include plant anatomy, production, marketing, turf, landscape design and maintenance. Each participant also must complete practicums involving a landscape drawing, landscape estimating, plant propagation or potting, identification of plants, disorders and equipment.


Central Georgia Technical College students who earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in criminal justice and want to continue their education now have a clear pathway to the bachelor’s degree program at Middle Georgia State College.

Ivan Allen, Central Georgia Tech’s president, and Christopher Blake, Middle Georgia State’s president, signed an agreement last week that ensures that certain core and criminal justice courses taken at Central Georgia Tech will transfer seamlessly to Middle Georgia State. For students, this means they will not lose accumulated credits for those courses when they transition from Central Georgia Tech into a four-year program at Middle Georgia State.

“This agreement is one of many that CGTC has with University System institutions across the state,” Amy Holloway, vice president for Academic Affairs at Central Georgia Tech, said in a prepared statement. “We want to provide opportunities for our students to transfer easily into a four-year program.”


The Houston County Board of Education is seeking nominees for the 2015 Houston County Teacher Hall of Fame. This program honors extraordinary teachers who made a significant difference in the lives of their students.

Nominees must have maintained exemplary standards of behavior and ethics, exhibited leadership, been enthusiastic about teaching and learning, demonstrated competency in their subject matter, worked well with colleagues and administrators and consistently sought to encourage, inspire and motivate students toward greater accomplishment.

Nominations must be received by Jan. 30 to be considered. Those making nominations must submit an official nominating form to be accompanied by numerous letters of support and the nominee’s chronological biography. If chosen, a photograph also will be required.


Three Houston County schools have 11 openings for pre-kindergarten students. Lindsey Elementary has two openings, Miller Elementary has one and Tucker Elementary has eight. The positions will be filled out of zone on a first-come, first-served basis for those not already enrolled in a Georgia lottery-funded pre-K program.

Any out-of-zone students will be required to provide their own transportation.

Parents who are interested who participated in the district’s pre-K lottery may stop by the school to register. Anyone who did not participate in the lottery should go to Central Registration with the appropriate paperwork.

Pre-K students must have turned 4 years old on or before Sept. 1. Only a parent or legal guardian may register a child. For more information, call Director of Special Programs Ron Wilson at 478-988-6330, ext. 10330.


The Peach County High School FFA agriculture communication team placed first in the Area III contest and will advance to the state contest Feb. 7 at Fort Valley State University.

Team members are Madison Watson (area high individual), Victoria Klingler (4th high individual) and Kaitlyn Roberts.

Additionally, the farm business management team placed second in the Area III contest and will advance to the state contest on Dec. 6 at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton. Team members included Juliana Crews, Lucouis Hodges, Miranda Taylor and Claire Story.

Also, freshman Travis Tingler competed against 33 other students in the Area III FFA quiz contest, which consisted of a multiple-choice exam over parliamentary procedure, FFA history and state leadership knowledge. Travis placed second overall and also will advance to the state contest held in conjunction with the Farm Business Management CDE at ABAC next month.

Writers Oby Brown and Andy M. Drury contributed to this report.