Tuesday’s voting decided only two of the four seats up for election on the nine-member Muscogee County School Board. Runoffs on July 26 will determine the winners in District 1 and District 7 because no candidate received a majority of the votes in the three-way races.
With all seven precincts reporting, including advance in-person votes but not absentee votes, former Muscogee County School Board chairwoman Cathy Williams and political newcomer Shelia Williams appear headed for a runoff in nine weeks for the District 7 seat.
With all eight precincts reporting, including advance in-person votes but not absentee, attorney and former Synovus executive Laurie McRae appears to have won the District 5 seat on the Muscogee County School Board.
The official term is “Opportunity Schools.” They are the Georgia public schools that have scored, by alarming margins, below the state’s standards the previous three consecutive years, so the label also is known as the “failing list.”
Superintendent David Lewis has made his recommendations on whom he wants to fill the principal positions at Lonnie Jackson Academy and Arnold Magnet Middle School. The Muscogee County School Board will vote on those at its meeting Monday night.
To learn more about the discipline framework called PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports) and how it’s helped Double Churches Middle School dramatically improve student behavior and reduce cases requiring discipline, the Ledger-Enquirer visited the school. Here’s what we learned:
About three hours into Monday night’s Muscogee County School Board work session, the administration presented its proposed fiscal year 2017 budget – and it was worth the wait for most school district employees.
During the Muscogee County School Board’s monthly work session Monday night, Patrick Knopf, the school district’s director of research, accountability and assessment, presented an update on the College and Career Ready Performance Index, the state’s overall measurement of its public schools.
Thanks to the generosity of a childless, blue-collar Columbus couple who never attended college but were smart enough to save money and thoughtful enough to bequeath it to help students they never met, a ninth Muscogee County high school senior will receive significant financial aid to earn a degree. Donald Williams Jr. of Columbus High School is the 2016 recipient of the James Henry Smith and Gladys Manning Smith Scholarship, the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley announced Tuesday.
Community Foundation presents 2016 Smith Scholarship to Columbus High School student
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