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Mixed news for Muscogee County School District’s finances

While local property tax revenue continues to increase, the Muscogee County School District must dip into its reserves to balance this year’s budget. Chief financial officer Theresa Thornton president the information during the Muscogee County School Board’s annual planning retreat Saturday.

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Glenwood School expanding to accommodate enrollment growth

Glenwood School will expand its facilities and reconfigure its grade structure to accommodate its enrollment growth. In the past five years, the Phenix City private school’s enrollment in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade has grown 31 percent, from 485 to 636 students, headmaster Frankie Mitchum told the Ledger-Enquirer on Friday. The expansion project will give the school space for 100 more students, he said.

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Nominees announced for 2017 Muscogee County teacher of the year

The 56 nominees for the Muscogee County School District 2017 Teacher of the Year award were announced Thursday. The Muscogee Educational Excellence Foundation, the nonprofit organization that conducts MCSD’s Teacher of the Year program, honored the nominees with a ceremony in Legacy Hall at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.

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Lewis, board, state association defend lack of vote for law firm

Despite Muscogee County School Board member Frank Myers accusing newly elected chairwoman Pat Hugley Green of breaking the law when the board didn’t vote on which law firm to use this year, the board isn’t legally required to do so. That was the board attorney’s determination during Tuesday night’s meeting, and the Georgia School Boards Association subsequently told the Ledger-Enquirer it supports that decision.

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Columbus High students to report from Trump inauguration

A group of 39 Columbus High School students and four adult chaperones will be among the expected crowd of 800,000 to 900,000 Friday on the National Mall in Washington during the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States of America. And two of the students, 11th-graders Jessica Nix and Josh Barton, will be the Ledger-Enquirer’s correspondents for the historic event.

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What are the top 10 education issues in Georgia for 2017?

The Georgia Partnership for Excellence Education has released its “Top Ten Issues to Watch in 2017.” The partnership is an independent and nonprofit organization with a mission to “inform and influence Georgia leaders through research and nonpartisan advocacy to impact education policies and practices for the improvement of student achievement.”

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Phenix City Council honors Mayor’s Ball scholarship recipients

Sixteen high school students were honored at the Phenix City Council meeting Wednesday for receiving scholarships from the nonprofit Mayor’s Ball for Education and Charity to dually enroll at Chattahoochee Community College. The recipients, 13 from Central High School and three from Glenwood School, will use the money to take CVCC classes and earn college credit while still in high school.

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Despite protests, LaGrange College still welcoming Rep. John Lewis

Despite objections from alumni, LaGrange College still is welcoming U.S. Rep. John Lewis to campus for a speech next week in the wake of the Georgia congressman’s controversial criticism of President-elect Donald Trump. As the nation celebrated the holiday honoring the civil rights legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the college released a statement Monday titled “Lewis appearance at LaGrange College drawing protests” and said the college is “standing behind its decision” to have Lewis deliver the institution’s annual MLK address on Jan. 26 at 3:30 p.m. in Callaway Auditorium.

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Online poll reveals most popular choice for Columbus arts school name

The most popular suggestion for the name of the Columbus arts, according to the Ledger-Enquirer’s online poll, is to name it after Ron Anderson, the beloved Springer Theatre Academy director who died last year. But that’s not the question the nine-member Muscogee County School Board will vote on Tuesday during its monthly meeting, starting at 6 p.m. in the Muscogee County Public Education Center, 2960 Macon Road. The board is scheduled to vote on the recommendation from District 1 representative Pat Hugley Green to name the same “Midtown Columbus School of the Arts.”

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Arts alliance reps also object to recommended name for Columbus arts school

The Ledger-Enquirer’s survey of Columbus Cultural Arts Alliance representatives shows the expert opinions of the recommended name, “Midtown Columbus School of the Arts,” joins the general public’s opinions in advising the nine members of the Muscogee County School Board to vote against the proposal at Tuesday’s meeting. Sixty-four percent (7 of 11) of the arts alliance respondents said the board should vote no on the proposal. In the five days since the Ledger-Enquirer’s online poll was posted, 79 percent of the 433 respondents also said the board should vote no.

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Alabama releases new list of failing schools

Good news for Alabama public schools in the Columbus area: The state doesn’t consider any of them to be failing. The Alabama State Department of Education has released its list of failing schools, and the 75 schools don’t include any from Phenix City, Russell County or Lee County.

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Opening ceremony for Central High’s expansion facility set for next week

The $3,296,335 project has produced a 34,000-square-foot building. It comprises two 70-seat classrooms, an indoor artificial turf practice field, strength and conditioning stations, two batting cages, a training room, locker rooms and storage. Furniture, fixtures and equipment could cost as much as $700,000 extra, superintendent Randy Wilkes has said.

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4 University System of Georgia institutions to consolidate into 2

The Board of Regents approved Chancellor Steve Wrigley’s recommendation for two consolidations within the University System of Georgia: Georgia Southern University and Armstrong State University, and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) and Bainbridge State College. The two new institutions, respectively, will be named Georgia Southern University, to be led by President Jaimie Hebert, and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, to be led by President David Bridges.

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Columbus State’s online MBA program soars in U.S. News rankings

Columbus State University’s online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is tied for No. 33 in the nation, according to new rankings released Tuesday by U.S. News and World Report. The program, offered by CSU’s D. Abbott Turner College of Business, jumped 29 spots from last year on the list of “Best Online MBA Programs,” and is now behind only Kennesaw State University in the state.

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REACH scholarship to make college dreams reality

Eight eighth-graders are the first recipients in the Muscogee County School District of the four-year-old state program that selects students based on financial need and demonstrated ability to succeed.
Ang Li ali@ledger-enquirer.com
REACH scholarship to make college dreams reality 1:37

REACH scholarship to make college dreams reality

Grandparent of Mathews student expresses concerns, empathy after fatal bus crash 1:28

Grandparent of Mathews student expresses concerns, empathy after fatal bus crash

Nadine Moore, leader of the Four Points Parents Association, castigates the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance and defends Muscogee County School Board member Frank Myers 3:26

Nadine Moore, leader of the Four Points Parents Association, castigates the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance and defends Muscogee County School Board member Frank Myers

Community Foundation presents 2016 Smith Scholarship to Columbus High School student 1:43

Community Foundation presents 2016 Smith Scholarship to Columbus High School student