System celebrates 60 years since city/county schools consolidation

ALEXANDER CAIN ::: alexander@the-grip.net

The Griffin-Spalding County School System will celebrate 60 years of educational cooperation this year – and a lot of it will happen the week of Halloween, according to Judy Parker, Director of Communications and Partnerships with the Griffin-Spalding County School System.

“It starts on Oct. 30 at 4:30 p.m. with a parade that will have over 1,200 people. There will be floats from schools and different departments. There will also be students and bands, and we plan to induct people into our Educator Hall of Fame,” Parker said.

The public provided nominations for the Educator Hall of Fame earlier this year. Eligible persons needed to have been retired or have resigned at least five years from the Griffin-Spalding County School System before being nominated. The Educator Hall of Fame will be housed on the former Taylor Street Middle School campus in “D” Building.

“Exemplary educators have been associated with the Griffin-Spalding County School System since its founding in 1953. Sixty years later the school system is honoring those who have gone beyond the call of duty during this time and made outstanding significant educational contributions to students, staff, parents and the community,” Curtis Jones, Griffin-Spalding County Schools Superintendent, said in a press release.

At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, Griffin High will take on Spalding High at Memorial Stadium in what the school system is billing as a “traditional rivalry game.”

The next day, Saturday Nov. 2, there will be a 60-year class reunion at Memorial Stadium from 5 to 9 p.m. and the Griffin-Spalding County School System 60th Anniversary Archives, located just across the street from the stadium in a former Taylor Street Middle School classroom, will be unveiled at 5 p.m.

“We are trying to do is hold activities that would celebrate our school system consolidation and the school,” Parker said. “We are celebrating where we are today and where we’ve come from in the past.”

The Griffin-Spalding County School System has 10,600 students in the school system today with around 1,450 faculty and staff, according to Parker.

“Thousands of students have gotten an excellent education underneath our school system, and we have many employees. We are one of the larger employees in the area and we have made an economic impact on this community and within local businesses. We have also had many students who have gone onto professional activities and had professional opportunities as a result of their education within the Griffin-Spalding County School System.”

For additional information contact Judy Parker at (770) 220-3700 ext. 341 or e-mail judy.parker@gscs.org. Ω

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