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State benefit changes lead to budget revision

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 ...

September 20, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education


STC to begin textbook rentals program

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 initial test will involve only 20 or so ...

September 20, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Gateway to College charter discontinued

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 ...

September 16, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education


Gifted program to hold open house

The Effingham County School District's gifted education teachers and coordinators will host a county-wide open house on Tuesday at 7 p.m. for all parents of students enrolled in the gifted education program. The purpose of the open house is to provide students and parents with information that will equip them to take full advantage of the district's gifted program.
The open house will be hosted at Blandford Elementary but students and parents from all Effingham County schools are encouraged to attend. Exhibits will be set up to provide information about the gifted education curriculum, student resources and ...

September 16, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Rebel Radio hits the digital airwaves

Effingham County High School has hit the digital airwaves with the newest venture in its journalism program, Rebel Radio.
This student/faculty run station streams live broadcasts of all the Rebel football action, maintains a play list of songs from a variety of genres and offers information on all the latest school happenings. Under the direction of Brian Holt, ECHS social studies and journalism teacher, students are getting hands-on experiences with audio production, interviewing and reporting.
"I think it's pretty good because the students that don't go to the game, they can get on the radio station and ...

September 13, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education


Savannah Tech to begin Green Building program

SAVANNAH-Building on its popular solar energy and historic preservation programs, Savannah Technical College will offer a Green Building program beginning this fall featuring prominent leaders in the green-building industry as faculty members. The 16-hour certificate program will include an introduction to green building technology, energy measures and efficiency, energy efficient mechanical systems and green building construction techniques.
Patrick Shay, principal of Gunn, Meyerhoff and Shay architects, will teach Introduction to Green Building; Bobby Keel, retired inspector for the City of Savannah and formerly of Greenline Architects will teach Green Building Construction; and, William Kimbrough, director of engineering for K ...

September 13, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


SES hosts Grandparents Day

September 13, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education


Barrow to host military academy day at Benedictine

On Sept. 25, U.S. Rep. John Barrow will host a statewide Military Academy Day event at the Benedictine Military School in Savannah.
Barrow will be joined by representatives, cadets, and midshipmen from all five military academies to explain more about their admissions requirements and expectations. They will be available to answer questions from parents and students.
The event will be held at the Benedictine Military School from 9-11 a.m. to familiarize students with the application and nomination process for applying to the nation's five service academies.
Benedictine Military School is at 6502 Seawright Dr. in Savannah.
What ...

September 13, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Zittrouer first in livestock show

On July 23 and 24 the Georgia Limousin Association held its annual Field Day and Livestock Show at the University of Georgia's Livestock Arena in Athens.
Macy Zittrouer competed in the livestock judging, and livestock show. In the livestock judging, senior division Zittrouer was the high scorer and was second overall scorer in all divisions (adults and students). In senior showmanship, Zittrouer placed second, and in class, her heifer placed third.

September 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


SEHS FFA reels in fun with fishing, ‘Olympics’

The South Effingham High School recently held a fishing tournament and Redneck Olympics Games. The event was held at the University of Georgia Warnell Forestry Center in Guyton on Aug. 21.
Weigh-in started at 3 p.m. The fishing tournament winners in all the different categories received $25 gift cards to Bass Pro Shops. Dallas Dasher won the biggest catfish category, with his catfish weighing in at a whopping 16 pounds. He also won the biggest pan fish with the weight of 9 ounces. Cyndilee Cone won the biggest bass with 2 pounds.
The chapter then showed off its skinning ...

September 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Locals make Darton merit list

Three Effingham County students have been named to the Merit List at Darton College in Albany for the summer 2010 semester.
Robert J. Schmelter of Guyton and Joshua B. Conner and Dana L. Shores of Rincon all earned the honor.
To qualify for the merit list, students must be part-time and have earned a 3.4 or higher grade point average.

September 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Utter graduates from VSU

Elizabeth Ann Utter of Guyton has earned a Master of Education, specializing in communication disorders, from Valdosta State University. Utter graduated with the summer 2010 class.
Roxanne Marie Torres was named to the dean's list at Valdosta State for the summer 2010 term. To make the dean's list, students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and must have a semester GPA of at least 3.5 with at least nine hours of course work.

September 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Business partner chips in for Sand Hill

Thanks to a $1,000 donation from Sit and Sleep, students at Sand Hill Elementary may not even notice that the school's media center budget was cut by $4,000 this year. The school plans to use the generous donation to purchase new reading software that can be used in each of its 21st century classrooms.
"It will be like having Amazon Kindle at Sand Hill," explained SHES Principal Kristen Richards.
The software, called Tumblebooks, will allow teachers to download books using their Interwrite systems, which the students can then view and read together on a projection screen.
"Having ...

September 06, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


GSU announces dean’s list for summer 2010

Georgia Southern University recently recognized 157 students for excellence in academics on the 2010 summer semester dean's list. To be eligible for the dean's list, a student must have at least a 3.5 grade point average and carry a minimum of 12 hours for the semester. Those from
Effingham County earning dean's list recognition are:
Terri J Raines of Guyton
Tiffany N Weaver of Guyton
Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University, offers 110 degree programs serving more than 19,000 students. Through eight colleges, the university offers bachelors, masters and doctoral degree programs built ...

September 06, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Local students make GSU’s president’s list

Georgia Southern University recently recognized 86 students for excellence in academics on the 2010 summer semester president's list. To be eligible for the president's list, a student must have at least a 4.0 grade point average and carry a minimum of 12 hours for the semester.
Those students from Effingham County earning the distinction are:
Ashley N Brunson of Rincon
Cia N King of Springfield
Danielle E Scudder of Rincon
Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University, offers 110 degree programs serving more than 19,000 students. Through eight colleges, the university offers bachelors, masters and ...

September 06, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


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Articles by Section - Education


Schools open to more than 11,000 students

The Effingham County School System welcomed 11,255 students through the doors on the first day of school Thursday, not counting the number of children ...

August 04, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Back-to-school blowout packs 'em in

The annual back-to-school blowout drew another big crowd to the Effingham County High School gym, as students and parents picked up school supplies, infor

August 03, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Cool treats for a good cause at The Learning Treehouse

Summer campers at The Learning Treehouse hosted an Alex's Lemonade Stand to raise money for childhood cancer research. Campers, in grades kindergarten through fifth ...

August 03, 2016 | Staff report | Education


FCCLA members shine with gold at STAR events

Two students from Effingham College and Career Academy (ECCA) FCCLA and one student from South Effingham County High School (SEHS) FCCLA joined more than 8 ...

August 03, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Proposed school calendars available online for review and comment

The Effingham County Board of Education has the proposed 2017-18 and 2018-19 school year calendars available for public comment. The comment period runs through Aug ...

August 03, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Buses ready to roll — with route numbers

With the Effingham County School System's fleet of buses ready to roll for the Aug. 4 start of the school year, parents are being ...

July 28, 2016 | By Patrick Donahue | Education


SEHS cheer team holds Mini Mustangs camp

The South Effingham High School cheerleading teams held their annual Mini Mustangs cheer camp.

July 27, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Little Rebels cheer camp

The Effingham County High School cheerleading teams held their annual Little Rebels cheer camp, with Thursday as pajamas day.

July 27, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Alford keeps ailing chairman in mind at board meeting

As he chaired the Effingham County Board of Education's meeting Thursday night, vice-chairman and District 2 member Troy Alford's thoughts were with the ...

July 27, 2016 | By Patrick Donahue | Education


State, shoppers gear up for sales tax free weekend

This weekend, July 30 and 31, certain items will be exempt from sales taxes.

July 27, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Miller named to Champlain College spring dean’s list

BURLINGTON, VT-Zackary Miller of Springfield has been named to the Champlain College dean's list for the spring 2016 semester.

July 27, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Council approves plans for new Rincon Elementary

Rincon City Council members paved the way for work on the planned Rincon Elementary School to start.

July 26, 2016 | By Patrick Donahue | Education


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