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BoE gets breathing room

The Effingham County school system learned last week it likely will receive more than $2.1 million in federal funding to direct toward staff salaries and benefits.
The expedited passing of the Education Jobs Fund released $10 billion for strapped states and school systems to use for k-12 employee salaries and benefits, which the government anticipates will save as many as 160,000 jobs. After taking 2 percent allowed for the state, the state
Department of Education distributed $315 million among its 180 school systems using the Quality Basic Education (QBE) funding formula, which accounts for a district's student ...

August 30, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education


School board backs lawsuit

The Effingham County school board has joined a statewide suit against the Georgia Charter School Commission.
Nine school districts filed the lawsuit against a law giving the Georgia Charter School Commission control over charter school petitions. They are now appealing a decision from the Superior Court of Fulton County that ruled in favor of the Georgia Charter School Commission to the Georgia Supreme Court.
And the Georgia School Boards Association and the Georgia School Superintendents Association are corralling as many districts as possible to join in filing the amicus brief stating the position of the school systems. The Effingham County ...

August 30, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education


ECHS has reason to celebrate

Faculty and staff at Effingham County High School celebrated the school hitting the 80 percent graduation rate. Its graduation rate for 2009 was 77.8 percent. A banner and a cake for faculty and staff helped mark the achievement.

August 30, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Starting the year together

Pre-K teachers at Marlow Elementary School started off the year with units "All about Me" and "Families." Parents and grandparents were invited to come read to the students during small group and circle time.

August 30, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Georgia a winner in Race to the Top

Georgia has been selected as a winner by the U.S. Department of Education for the second round of "Race to the Top" grants. The state is projected to receive $400 million over four years to implement its plan.
"While this has seemed more like a marathon at times, now the real race begins," said Gov. Sonny Perdue. "I want to thank our Race to the Top teams, including teachers, principals, superintendents and other education professionals, for their hard work in preparing a great application.
This is truly a unique opportunity to implement a Georgia-created plan that will accelerate our ...

August 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Rutland earns degree from Louisiana Tech

James Brian Rutland of Springfield was awarded a doctor of philosophy at Louisiana Tech University's summer quarter commencement.
Commencement exercises were held Aug. 19, with diplomas awarded to 276 graduates.

August 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


STC offer building courses online

SAVANNAH-This fall, students studying Construction Management will be able to take four of the required major courses online for the first time including Blueprint Reading, Construction Safety, Materials and Fasteners, and Construction Drafting I. These courses are required for both the diploma and associate degree in Construction Management.
"We're giving our students more options," said department head and instructor Dan Krautheimer. "If someone can't get to campus during the day, they'll be able to take some of the construction classes online."
The college plans to offer four more courses online beginning in January 2011. The more ...

August 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Schools to continue drug testing

The Effingham County Board of Education approved a new student drug testing program at its Aug. 19 meeting that will subject five students from each high school to a screening every month during the school year.
For the past three years, 10 Effingham high school students were drug tested each week with grant funds. Although the grant ran out, the board members believed the drug tests serve as a deterrent.
"But I think the important thing here is how many kids, hopefully, we keep from trying drugs simply because they knew they could be tested,"
Superintendent Randy Shearouse said.
Students ...

August 23, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education


Dental sealant program coming to SES

Springfield Elementary School, in conjunction with Oral Health America: National Sealant Alliance and the Georgia Oral Health Prevention Program, will provide preventive dental procedures for eligible children attending the school. The program will start in September. Consent forms are being sent home with students and must be filled out and returned to the school in order for children to participate.
Dental screening exams, cleaning, fluoride treatment and sealants will be provided as needed. A sealant is a thin, plastic, clear coating that is bonded to teeth to help keep food and bacteria from attaching to teeth and causing decay.
"Sealants ...

August 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


State FFA visits

Several members of the state FFA officer team recently visited Honey Ridge Plantation. They were hosted by Sam Zemurray. Zemurray and Mose Mock, former FFA advisor, discussed cattle management.

August 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


ECHS FFA kicks off another year with annual peanut boil

Aug. 12 marked the beginning of another exciting year for Effingham County High School FFA members.
After school on Thursday, the FFA had its annual peanut boil. There were approximately 50 members and guests present for the meeting. ECHS FFA was very excited to have such a great turnout and to have Sen. Jack Hill and Reps. Ann Purcell and Jon Burns present to help kick off the 54th year of Effingham County High School FFA. The ECHS FFA has monthly meetings for its members to get together, have fun, and build leadership skills.
Last year, ECHS FFA had 211 ...

August 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


One sweet ride

When the wheels on the school bus go round and round to take six students across the state to a competition, the trip gets expensive - especially if the chaperone isn't licensed to drive a bus.

August 19, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education


East Georgia College breaks ground on school’s first residential facility

A longtime dream of student housing located on the campus of East Georgia College became reality on Thursday with a groundbreaking for a new 200 bed residential facility. Faculty, staff, students, EGC Foundation members, local legislators, University System guests, construction teams and friends of the college gathered in overwhelming numbers to support the addition of a student housing complex to the landscape of the college.
The complex, located on North campus, will add a new dimension to what has always been, since 1973, a commuter college. It will bring about many changes at EGC and create greater economic impact on ...

August 16, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Hudson tells students to put their lives in ‘check’

South Effingham High School students got the new school year off on the right foot Monday with a visit from Orrin "Checkmate" Hudson of Be Someone who encouraged them set up for success by being problem-solvers.
"Most of the stuff I'm teaching young people … is that your position in life is as a problem solver and if you can solve problems, that's how you get paid," Hudson said. "The bigger the problem the more you get paid."
Hudson has been working as a motivational speaker for youths for nearly 10 years. Growing up in Alabama, Hudson remembers stealing ...

August 16, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education


SEHS student attends USAF Honors Camp

Rachel Orphanoudakis, a NJROTC cadet at South Effingham High School, attended the U.S. Air Force Honors Camp hosted by the University of New Mexico and the U.S. Air Force in Albuquerque, N.M. This program invites only 58 high school students from across the country annually, and the invitees are in the top 1 percent of the students in the JROTC program.
The five days of camp involved outdoor leadership and team-building activities, airplane safety briefs, flying a Civil Air Patrol airplane, building a rocket car and numerous tours on Kirtland Air Force Base. The program members also ...

August 16, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


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Pilozzi named to dean’s list at Coastal Carolina University

CONWAY, S.C.-Bryana Pilozzi, a senior majoring in psychology, from Rincon, was among approximately 1,940 students at Coastal Carolina University who made the ...

June 15, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Effingham 4-H turns up the STEAM for children

Effingham County 4-H program is heating things up with their STEAM program.

June 15, 2016 | Staff report | Education


A sweet time for Effingham 4-H with Bee Club

Effingham County 4-H Bee Club presents an opportunity for its members to experience first-hand what it's like to be a beekeeper.

June 08, 2016 | Staff report | Education


ECMS FFA gives out thanks

The Effingham County Middle School FFA thanked community partner Lowe's for its continued support of the Effingham County Middle School FFA chapter.

June 08, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Jenkins earns dean’s list honors at Piedmont College

Brent Jenkins of Rincon was named to the dean's list at Piedmont College after completing the spring semester with a grade-point-average of 3.5 ...

June 08, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Mozeko named to dean’s list at Harding University

SEARCY, Ark.-Reid Mozeko, a computer science major at Harding University from Guyton, is among more than 1,300 students included on the dean's ...

June 08, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Having designs on GHP

Two Effingham County students will attend the prestigious Governor's Honors Program this summer.

June 07, 2016 | By Caitlyn Richtman | Education


School system planning a busy summer

The Effingham County Board of Education discussed upcoming improvements to its schools and the next steps for the new Rincon Elementary School.

June 07, 2016 | By Caitlyn Richtman Herald Intern | Education


The future is now

It was a big night at The Corral for the South Effingham High School class of 2016 and graduates entering the military went to the ...

June 01, 2016 | Staff report | Education


The future is now

It was smiles and hugs all around Rebel Field on Friday night as the Effingham County High School class of 2016 received its diplomas.

June 01, 2016 | Staff report | Education


ECHS stages musical ‘Beauty and the Beast’

The Effingham County High School Drama Club brought the house down April 29 and 30, with its musical version of "Beauty and the Beast" by ...

June 01, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Locals make dean’s list at Berry

ROME-The following area students were named to the spring 2016 dean's list at Berry College:

June 01, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Eaton graduates from Berry College

Berry College announces that Eric Eaton of Rincon earned a BMUS in Music with Elective Studies in Business.

June 01, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Effingham students make dean’s list at ABAC

TIFTON-Students who achieved academic excellence in their course work during the spring term were recently recognized at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. ABAC cites its ...

June 01, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Local students earn UNG honors

Dr. Bonita C. Jacobs, president of UNG, recognized more than 1,200 students who earned a 4.0 during the spring 2016 semester.

June 01, 2016 | Staff report | Education


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