The Effingham County School System has long realized the need for employability training for students with disabilities and jumped at the chance to use stimulus funding to expand the transition program by hiring two full-time transition facilitators to serve both high schools and all three middle schools.
The transition facilitators have worked tirelessly to start up a community-based vocational instruction program that is now in its second year. The program provides the opportunity for individuals with disabilities to get on-the-job training at local businesses.
"It has provided a unique opportunity for the school system to work hand-in-hand with local businesses ...
Effingham Christian School celebrated Johnny Appleseed Day on Sept. 24 by planting trees around the campus playground. Students and teachers commemorated the day by dressing in overalls, flannel shirts, and straw hats. Johnny Appleseed was a folk hero born in 1774, just before the start of the American Revolution. He was deliberate in planting orchards to give farmers a livelihood and to provide food for their communities. Students learned about the importance of working together to accomplish a common goal to improve our environment through agriculture.
Effingham Christian School is located on Goshen Road off Highway 21. To learn more ...
SAVANNAH-Twenty-one Savannah Technical College students were awarded privately funded scholarships for the 2010-11 academic year, which began Wednesday. The scholarships represent gifts made by individuals and organizations to the Savannah Technical College Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization that raises money to support students, workforce development projects and training activities at Savannah Technical College.
"Our scholarship committee worked diligently to review the more than 85 applications they received this year," said Melinda Laager, executive director of the STC Foundation. The scholarship committee includes faculty and staff members along with Foundation Board and Community Council members.
A planned expansion of recreation offerings for a growing student enrollment is under way at Georgia Southern University following the purchase of 167 acres by the Georgia Southern University Housing Foundation, a non-profit corporation established to acquire and develop real estate.
The land, located adjacent to the Meadow Lakes subdivision in Statesboro, will allow the University to provide additional activities such as a walking/cross country course, golf and one of the areas' only disc golf courses.
Plans also include using the facility for a variety of academic purposes including teaching classes at the complex.
The South Effingham Middle School Y-Club hosted a school-wide First Aid Drive to collect items to restock the school clinic. A wide variety of items were collected, including bandages, cough drops, first aid creams, antibacterial soaps and wipes. Y-Club offered an ice cream treat to the homeroom bringing the most items which went to Mrs. Connie Carter's homeroom for bringing in 38 items.
Pre-K students at South Effingham Elementary and South Effingham High School are off to a great start this school year. They are adjusting well to a full day of activities that are developmentally appropriate and keep them busy throughout the day.
"Reveal" was the 2010 See You at the Pole theme held Wednesday. This was the 20th anniversary of the worldwide student-led celebration. More than 70 students attended the event at South Effingham Middle School. See You at the Pole brings students to their school flagpoles to pray for their leaders, schools and families, asking to bring moral and spiritual awakening to their campuses and countries.
The Effingham County Board of Education approved a revised budget for fiscal year 2011 accommodating mandated changes in the State Health Benefits Plan enacted through the Georgia Department of Community Health.
"We did not budget this change," Superintendent Randy Shearouse said to school board members at their Sept. 16 meeting. "This was not anything that anyone knew, so it is somewhat of a shock for our system."
On Sept. 3, the BoE central office received a memo from the Georgia DCH informing a continuation of the employer percent of payroll for state health benefits at 21.955 percent of a ...
SAVANNAH-This fall, Savannah Technical College students will get to try textbook rentals in the Campus Shop, the college bookstore. Rentals will be available at Savannah, Effingham and Liberty campuses. Savannah Tech and Atlanta Tech are the only colleges within the Technical College System of Georgia to offer this trial service.
"We want to provide rentals as a service to our students," said Campus Shop Manager Mary Pearson. "We'll be starting with only a few titles at first and if it works well, we will offer more in winter quarter."
The board of the Effingham Gateway to College Academy for at-risk and dropout students has opted to terminate its charter because of low enrollment, lengthy advancement rates for some and financial strains.
"Because everyone worked so closely together since the program's startup, they all saw the enrollment struggles and the slow progression of students," said Gail Eubanks, spokesperson and executive director of enrollment management and marketing at Savannah Technical College. "In today's climate of accountability, they also all saw the need to manage resources well, and it became clear to everyone that this would likely be the course ...