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We almost missed our chance to say bon voyage to this significant CSU leader

Whether it’s a convergence of coincidences or a God thing, you can decide, but this is certain: You are reading about the departure of one of Columbus State’s most significant faculty members in the past two decades because of the alignment of these events.

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LaGrange College opens $21 million science complex

Instead of using the traditional supersized scissors, LaGrange College officially opened its $21 million science complex Friday with a chemical reaction that burned the ceremonial ribbon. The creative ceremony symbolized the project’s purpose: produce top-notch science facilities, designed to prepare top-notch science graduates, poised for top-notch science careers.

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Here’s a look at the state’s latest proposal for failing schools and what local leaders think about it

Three months after 60 percent of Georgia’s voters rejected the constitutional amendment that would have allowed the state to take over chronically failing schools, a similar proposal is being considered. Now, instead of the proposed Opportunity School District led by Gov. Nathan Deal, this education reform initiative, called Georgia House Bill 338, is being led by state Rep. Kevin Tanner, R-Dawsonville.

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Muscogee Educational Excellence Foundation announces 2017 Harvard Fellows

Another group of Muscogee County School District teachers will further their education in a prestigious summer program at Harvard University, thanks to the Muscogee Educational Excellence Foundation. MEEF has raised enough money, $48,600, to send nine MCSD teachers to Project Zero Classroom, July 19-23, at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Mass.

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Rampant sickness causes unusually high absences at Columbus school

A rampant outbreak of sickness caused 30 percent of the students and 20 percent of the staff at River Road Elementary School to be absent or sent home Thursday. Muscogee County School District communications director confirmed the ailing situation in an email to the Ledger-Enquirer. She provided statistics that show 108 of River Road’s 430 students were absent Thursday and another 21 were sent home as of 11:30 a.m. The staff also is suffering, with 11 of the 54 employees absent.

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LaGrange High School dealing with suspected case of meningitis

A LaGrange High School student has a suspected case of meningitis, and more than 100 people who have come in contact with the student have been put on a regimen of antibiotics as a precaution. Troup County Health Department public information officer Hayla Folden told the Ledger-Enquirer in a phone interview Thursday, “Because of the close contact that has been assessed, people that need to take any kind of medication have been advised to do so.”

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Georgia’s 2017 Teacher of the Year didn’t plan to be a teacher

Georgia’s 2017 Teacher of the Year didn’t plan to be a teacher, but he is urging everyone in the state who is involved in education to help make the profession more attractive for more students to plan to be teachers. Casey Bethel, an AP Physics, AP Biology and physical science teacher at New Manchester High School in Douglasville, was named the 2017 Georgia Teacher of the Year in May.

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Muscogee County School District receiving donations to help students pay for meals

Columbus residents are showing their generosity and compassion by donating to the Muscogee County School District’s school nutrition fund to help eliminate the debt from unpaid student meals. Since the Ledger-Enquirer reported about the problem last Wednesday, MCSD has received $610 in donations to its federally funded program, Susan Schlader, the district’s school nutrition director, told the Muscogee County School Board during its work session Monday evening.

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After heated exchanges, request to fire Muscogee school board’s law firm fails

After heated exchanges, two representatives on the nine-member Muscogee County School Board have failed in their effort to add to the agenda for next week’s meeting a vote on whether to fire its law firm. Including heated exchanges, the board spent half an hour discussing the controversial issue during the 3¾- hour work session Monday evening. Frank Myers of District 8 and John Thomas of District 2 didn’t convince any other member to speak in favor of their request.

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Muscogee County School District releases mission, vision, values survey results

The Muscogee County School District administration presented results of its survey as it develops a new set of mission, vision and value statements. The online survey that was emailed to parents and guardians last Monday and posted on the district’s website through Friday generated approximately 2,500 responses, project manager Jodi Wisor told the Muscogee County School Board during its work session Monday evening.

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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