Education Notebook: Bibb County School District celebrates building dedications

The Bibb County school district will hold dedication programs for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School and Burghard Opportunity Program, which opened this school year.

Principal Shandra Yarbrough will lead the MLK school dedication and ribbon-cutting celebration at 1301 Shurling Drive on Tuesday at 10 a.m.

On Wednesday at 10 a.m., Director Chanelle Sweet will lead the celebration for Burghard Opportunity Program at 6020 Bloomfield Road in Macon.

The center, formerly served as Burghard Elementary School, opened this school year as the new home for the district’s alternative education program.

Later this month, the district will celebrate a building dedication for Southfield Elementary School, 4375

Bloomfield Drive Extension in Macon. The celebration is scheduled for Sept. 15 at 10 a.m.

Additionally, a ground-breaking ceremony for Veterans Elementary School is scheduled for Sept. 24 at 9 a.m.

The new elementary school is being built on the site of the former Morgan Elementary School at 4901 Faubus Ave. in Macon. Construction of the new elementary school is being funded by the 2010 Capital Program’s ESPLOST. Veterans Elementary is scheduled to open in August 2016.


Dr. Alice House, regional dean of the Columbus campus of Mercer University School of Medicine, was recently elected chair of the Georgia Composite Medical Board for fiscal year 2015-2016.

The board -- composed of 16 members appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state senate -- licenses physicians, physician assistants, respiratory care professionals, perfusionists, acupuncturists, orthotists, prosthetists, auricular detoxification specialists and residency training permits. The board also investigates complaints and disciplines those who violate the Medical Practice Act or other laws governing the professional behavior of its licensees.


A group of Houston County’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America students attended the National Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., in July and brought home medals.

The following students won gold awards: Thomson Middle School’s Chanelle Washington, Zoe Hancock, Lindsey Miller and Brianna Foust; Perry High School’s Hannah Dickerson and Jansley Wilson; and Veterans High School’s Emily Konicki.

Silver award winners were: Thomson Middle School’s James Stephens, Jared Meck, Riley Greenein, Logan Young and Taylor Carr; Perry High School’s Kena Fairfax, Lauren McPhail, Katelyn Lapine, Alissa Moore, Desmond Spicer, Fernanda Guadiana and Katherine Weaks; Mossy Creek Middle School’s Kaden Greer and Matthew Long; Feagin Mill Middle School’s Vennela Gosukonda, Marisol Turner and Katelynn Trask and Veterans High School’s Victoria Palmer, Hannah Miller and Bailey Walker.

The team of Jameson Osborne, Grace Peavy, Monica Williams, Samantha Dupre and Shelby Stamback from Perry High School won a bronze award.


Houston County High School students competed in the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in Chicago during the summer. Michael Koohang placed in the top 10, winning eighth place for Introduction to Information Technology.

Nivedha Soundappan also competed in the team event “Global Business.” In addition, Nivehda has been elected as the FBLA State Secretary.


The Houston County Alliance Robotics Team, consisting of students from all five high schools, received $5,000 from the Flint Energies Foundation in July. Students interested in science, engineering, technology and math participate on this district-wide team. The funds will be used to help fund participation in competitions such as the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Competition.


Painters, illustrators, visual and conceptual artists will gather on Fort Valley State University’s campus for an upcoming national conference. The university will host the National Alliance of Artists from historically black colleges and universities on Oct. 8 and 9. The group will meet inside the Students Amenities Building on Oct. 8 and FVSU’s Fine Arts Gallery and Studio Center located in the downtown city of Fort Valley on Oct. 9.

Telegraph writers David Schick and Jeremy Timmerman contributed to this report.