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School board wrestles with Federal Jobs Fund money

As they wait for more information for the state, the Effingham County Board of Education continues to weigh its options for spending the $2.1 million allocated from the federal Education Jobs Fund.
The state of Georgia receive $315 million of the $10 billion fund to distribute to its 180 school districts for the purpose of paying school system employee salaries and benefits, with Effingham County receiving $2,131,833. The funds can replace salaries and benefits as well as calendar reduction days.
"Although we don't have all the details yet, but what we're anticipating doing at this ...

September 02, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education

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

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