Guide to 2013-14 school year, including calendars, tax-free holidays

spedersen@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 11, 2013 

It may not feel like it now, but students will be returning to school in some districts in less than a month.

On the Georgia side of the Chattahoochee River, Muscogee, Harris and Chattahoochee counties will start school Wednesday, Aug. 7.

One year after the opening of the new Carver High School, the newest middle school — Aaron Cohn Middle — will open its doors for students. A tour and dedication program for the school will be Aug. 10 at 3 p.m. in the school gymnasium at 7352 Garrett Road in Midland, Ga.

The Muscogee County School Board approved the naming of the school after the former juvenile court judge in August 2012. Cohn, a graduate of Columbus High and the University of Georgia, died at 96 on July 4, 2012. He served as a juvenile court judge for 46 years and was a Bronze Star recipient during World War II.

The construction of the school cost approximately $19 million with the funding coming from the 2009 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

Phenix City, Russell County and Smiths Station schools open Aug. 19.

According to Valerie Fuller, director of communications for Muscogee County, the verification day for registered students is Aug. 2 at the school they will attend.

If students already have their assignment notices, they should go to their school that day to pick up their information and schedules.

You should register now at the school district building if the following apply:

• a student is new to the district;

• your address has changed since last summer;

• if you need to fill out a new residency affidavit or if you need to change your current affidavit; or

• you are registering a child with special needs.

Schools in Muscogee County are open during the summer Monday-Thursday. If you know which school your child will attend, you also can register there.

Fuller recommends getting the registration process taken care of sooner rather than later.

“If the students and parents are waiting in lines at our office on the first day of school, they are missing valuable education time,” she said.

In Phenix City, parents and students may register at their specific schools July 30 from 7:30 a.m. to noon or July 31 from noon to 5:30 p.m.

Tax-free holidays will occur in Alabama and Georgia over back-to-back weekends.

Alabama’s days will be Aug. 2-4, and Georgia’s Aug. 9-10.

Clothing items $100 or less, computers and computer items $750 or less, school supplies $50 or less and books $30 or less will not be taxed in Alabama that weekend. There are some exclusions, so be sure to click here to find a link to items that will not be exempted that weekened.

Georgia’s items are very similar to Alabama’s, except computer items may be $1,000 or less, school supplies must be less than $20 per item, and they will continue taxing books. Click here for Georgia's exemptions.

SCHOOL STARTS

Click on the school or district to download a calendar for the 2013-14 school year.

Aug. 7

Chattahoochee County

Harris County

Muscogee County

Aug. 12

Glenwood

Aug. 13

Calvary Christian

Aug. 14

Brookstone

Pacelli

Aug. 19

Phenix City

Russell County

Smiths Station

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