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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


Quick thinker

Katlyn Davis from South Effingham Elementary School won the Quick Think-a-Thon held June 19 at the Sea Palms resort on St. Simons Island. Davis, the daughter of Allen and Magan Davis, won a $500 savings bond. The Quick Think-a-Thon is sponsored by local Exchange Clubs, including the Exchange Club of Effingham County.

August 16, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


School board reviews its own report card

The Effingham County Board of Education reviewed the school system's progress in an in-depth analysis of student performance, personnel effectiveness and the learning/working environment at its Aug. 4 meeting.
The central office compiled information from the last four school years based on the balanced scorecard performance management design, which is traditionally applied to corporate strategy.
"A board member wanted to get this started to get a snap shot of what we're doing and look for areas of improvement and also to determine, for us strategically, what's most important for our system," Superintendent Randy Shearouse said.
Criteria ...

August 12, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education


School board approves later start times for some middle school games

Kickoff for fall sports is closing in and for middle school stakeholders this year's game times can be stretched a little farther than last year.
The Effingham County Board of Education tweaked its athletics policy at their Aug. 4 meeting to allow flexibility in scheduling for middle school sports. The Georgia High School Association, the organization that governs interscholastic sports for most of the state, decided to allow local boards to determine game scheduling policies.
"When I met with principals in the spring, we talked about what games we could do, and you can't do them all because ...

August 12, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education


Board of Regents adopts $2.1B budget

A $2.1 billion fiscal year 2012 budget request approved by the University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents includes new dollars to meet year over year student enrollment growth of 18,914 students.
"This budget request mirrors the times," said USG Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr. "We are focusing our efforts and our budget request on our core mission of teaching, research and service and the need to serve the continued and significant increase in enrollment at our 35 degree-granting institutions."
The biggest driver of the regents' request is a 7.8 percent increase from FY09 to FY10 ...

August 12, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


A moving experience at GSU

Georgia Southern University is preparing to meet, greet and check in more than 2,000 students to nine residence halls from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., today for the campus' annual event, Operation Move-In.
This decades-long tradition is intended to streamline the often stressful moving process for University students, and more than 200 volunteers from the faculty, staff, student organizations and the Statesboro business community plan to pitch in. Georgia Southern University President Brooks Keel and his wife, First Lady Dr. Tammie Schalue, as well as Provost Jean Bartels will welcome students and their families checking in that ...

August 12, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


School system hopes to close fiscal year strong

Slow revenue collections atop a turbulent year of cuts in state funding have left the Effingham County School System dangling in the red and hoping to make it to the black before Aug. 30.

August 09, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education


School bells are ringin’

August 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


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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


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