Keith Simmons named superintendent of Griffin-Spalding County School System

STAFF REPORT ::: Keith Simmons, the former principal of Griffin High School, has been named superintendent of the Griffin-Spalding County School System. Simmons’ appointment was announced during a Tuesday afternoon special called meeting of the Spalding County Board of Education. Simmons is a veteran educator, having served as a teacher, coach, dean of students, assistant […]

School officials extend at-home learning at least two additional weeks

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County School System has extended at-home learning two additional weeks. School system officials say this decision was based on increasing COVID-19 numbers in the Griffin-Spalding County community, which have resulted in hospitals filling and diverting patients elsewhere. GSCSS district leaders on Friday met with a regional epidemiologist from the Georgia […]

BREAKING NEWS: All Griffin-Spalding public school in-person learning cancelled

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County School System will revert to at-home distance learning following the Christmas break. According to Interim Superintendent Donald Warren, this change is due to an increase in Spalding County COVID-19 cases. “Out of an abundance of caution, due to the current increase in COVID-19 cases in Spalding County, GSCS students […]

GSCSS interim superintendent alters second semester in-person schedule

STAFF REPORT ::: Griffin-Spalding County School System Interim Superintendent Dr. Donald Warren has announced an alteration to the second semester of the 2020-2021 school year that will provide eight learning days for all in-person and remote learning students. The eight days will be asynchronous – on alternating Fridays during the semester – on which all […]

Second local school shuts down in-person learning after COVID-19 outbreak

STAFF REPORT ::: For the second time in as many days, COVID-19 has caused the shutdown of in-person learning in a Spalding County school. The Griffin-Spalding County School System on Tuesday announced that Cowan Road Middle School students will be switching to remote learning for the remainder of this week. All students will resume virtual […]

COVID-19 disrupts Griffin High School in-person learning for remainder of week

STAFF REPORT ::: Positive COVID-19 tests for two Griffin High School staff members has resulted in the closure of the school for the remainder of this week. Griffin-Spalding County School System officials say those two staff members have been in close contact with a number of other staff members. As a precaution, the exposed staff […]

Dr. Donald Warren named GSCSS interim school superintendent

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education on Tuesday appointed Dr. Donald Warren as interim superintendent. Warren, who serves as executive director of secondary education, will begin his role as interim superintendent Dec. 1 and will hold that position until the hiring process concludes, and a new superintendent is in place. As executive […]

Griffin High students face felony, other criminal charges

STAFF REPORT ::: Two Griffin High School students are facing multiple criminal charges – including one felony each – after a Thursday afternoon incident involving officers the Griffin Police Department. GPD Cpl. Chris Webb responded to GHS upon the request of Assistance Principal Dr. Douglas Wheeler, who reported a student causing a disturbance. “Wheeler was […]

Thursday school start time delayed two hours

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCSS) is delaying by two hours the start time for schools Thursday morning, Oct. 29. This decision was made due to the forecast of high winds associated with Hurricane Zeta. Data provided by the National Weather Service indicates Spalding County is under a tropical storm warning. Officials […]

School officials investigating video of Griffin High teacher shouting at students

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCSS) is investigating a Monday incident in which a Griffin High School teacher was recorded giving an impassioned speech to some students. In the video, which is being widely shared on social media, the teacher, GHS Athletic Director Dr. Kennedy Holt, is heard telling the students […]

GHS students seen in online sex act will not face criminal charges

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two Griffin High School students have been administratively disciplined for engaging in a sexual act in online view of other students. Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCSS) Superintendent Jim Smith described the Tuesday incident as “behavior in violation of the student code of conduct” in an online classroom environment. In a letter […]

GSCSS awarded $10,000 grant for literacy

STAFF REPORT ::: All Griffin-Spalding County ninth-grade students, as well as all A.Z. Kelsey Academy students, will be receiving two books as part of a Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta initiative. The Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCSS) was selected to receive this $10,000 grant from over 300 grant proposals. This grant will fund the Free […]

School officials approve 2020-2021 reopening plan

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding Board of Education has approved a plan to reopen the school system for the 2020-2021 academic year. The delayed school starting date is Sept. 8 and was presented as Option 1 in a stakeholder survey. The approved plan will allow schools to resume normal operations while also offering a remote […]

BoE approves appointment of school system chief financial officer

STAFF REPORT ::: Byron Jones has been appointed as chief financial officer (CFO) of the Griffin-Spalding County School System. His appointment was approved by Board of Education members during the May 5 virtual meeting. Jones was previously employed by the Glynn County Board of Education where he served as its CFO for four months. Prior to […]

Traditional graduation ceremonies will be held for Griffin-Spalding Class of 2020

STAFF REPORT ::: Traditional graduation ceremonies for the Griffin-Spalding Class of 2020 will be held June 25 and 26. The announcement made Wednesday by Griffin-Spalding County School System Superintendent Jim Smith followed the tabulation of results from a graduation survey sent to local seniors and their parents and guardians. The results were presented to school […]