Georgia schools Superintendent Richard Woods will visit Houston County on Tuesday to hold a town hall meeting as part of back-to-school visits across the state. The meeting will be hosted by Warner Robins High School in its auditorium at 5 p.m.
Woods will talk about student testing and other important issues. He invites anyone interested to attend the meeting to ask him questions, voice their opinions and share ideas.
After initially criticizing new framework for the Advanced Placement U.S. History course, Woods changed course last week. He said in a release that he was offered the chance to meet with College Board President David Coleman to express his concerns.
“I’m pleased to see that many of the very concerns I addressed with him are reflected in the 2015-2016 (AP U.S. History) frameworks,” Woods said in the release.
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The changes highlighted in the release reflected the importance of American national identity, ideals, political leaders and founding documents.
CHANGES MADE TO HOWARD HIGH SCHOOL TRAFFIC PATTERN
The traffic pattern for Howard High School and Howard Middle School student drop-off and pick-up has changed this year in an effort to improve student safety.
Parents and guardians will now drop off and pick up students using the main entrance to Howard High School on Forsyth Road. Traffic for Howard High will continue as it always has, and traffic for Howard Middle will flow through the Howard High’s front parking lot to Howard Middle and exit farther north on Forsyth Road.
Signs have been put in place to help direct parents. To view a map of the new traffic pattern, visit www.bcsdk12.net.
HOUSTON BOARD MEMBER GETS STATE POSITION
Fred Wilson, Houston County Board of Education District 4 representative, was appointed to serve as a Georgia School Boards Association district director. Wilson will represent District 12 -- consisting of Baldwin, Bibb, Butts, Crawford, Houston, Jasper, Jones, Lamar, Monroe, Peach, Putnam, Twiggs and Wilkinson counties -- on the group’s board of directors.
The association is a voluntary, statewide organization that provides professional services and training to the state’s local boards of education and represents the collective resolve of local boards in the governance of public education.
CHEF JOINS HOUSTON COUNTY NUTRITION DEPARTMENT
Chef Morgan Dockery has joined Houston County schools’ nutrition department. Dockery will help create appealing menus which support nutritional standards established for the schools, while developing and testing recipes and training managers to ensure consistent system-wide quality.
Dockery graduated magna cum laude from the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Atlanta.
She has worked in numerous venues in the food industry, from mom and pop bakeries and restaurants to the Ritz Carlton Lodge at Reynolds Plantation.
SEVERAL HOUSTON SCHOOLS PROVIDING FREE LUNCHES
With the passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the National School Lunch Program now includes a meal program known as the “Community Eligibility Provision,” implemented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The program permits approved schools to provide meals to all enrolled students at no charge, regardless of economic status. In some counties, such as Bibb and Peach, the program was implemented at all schools.
In Houston County, the program began with the 2013-2014 school year as part of a pilot group.
The program will continue this 2015-2016 school year at the following schools: CB Watson Primary, Centerville Elementary, Lindsey Elementary, Miller Elementary, Northside Elementary, Northside Middle, Parkwood Elementary, Pearl Stephens Elementary, Russell Elementary and Westside Elementary. The following six new schools have been added this year: Huntington Middle, Houston County Crossroads Center, Morningside Elementary, Shirley Hills Elementary, Tucker Elementary and Warner Robins Middle.
MACON CHARTER ACADEMY RECEIVES IB CANDIDATE STATUS
Macon Charter School is a candidate school* for the Primary Years Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy -- a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Macon Charter School believes is important for its students.
*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (and in addition the IB Career-related Programme). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.
For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org
NEW PRINCIPAL NAMED AT MATT ARTHUR ELEMENTARY
The Houston County school board appointed VaRee Harrell as principal of Matt Arthur Elementary School at a called Board meeting held July 27.
Harrell, formerly the assistant principal at the same school, has worked in the Houston County School System for 22 years and graduated from Warner Robins High School.
Telegraph writers Jeremy Timmerman and David Schick contributed to this report.