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 […]

BoE approves appointment of new Griffin High principal

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education on Tuesday night approved the appointment of Dr. Buford Tyrone Kellogg as principal of Griffin High School. Kellogg’s appointment was approved during a virtual special called Board of Education meeting. Kellogg has most recently served as principal of Putnam County High School for two years. Prior […]

Online Pre-K enrollment application process open now

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCSS) is now accepting online enrollment applications for new pre-kindergarten students for the 2020-2021 school year. Students must be four-years-old on or before Sept. 1, 2020 and reside in Spalding County to be eligible for the GSCSS Pre-K Program. Parents or guardians of prospective GSCS Pre-K students […]

Virtual graduation ceremony scheduled for Gordon State College

STAFF REPORT ::: Gordon State College will hold a virtual graduation ceremony for its spring graduates at 9 a.m. May 15. Graduates will be recognized online in a ceremony that will be accessible to their families and friends. An additional on-campus ceremony during which graduates will walk the stage to receive their diplomas is also […]

Governor Kemp announces statewide shelter in place executive order

Governor Brian Kemp on Wednesday afternoon announced he will be signing an executive order requiring all Georgians to shelter in place. Kemp also declared all public schools K through 12 are closed for the duration of the 2019-2020 school term. Kemp’s address can now be read below in its entirety. “I’m joined today by Department […]

Kemp: Public schools closed remainder of school year; statewide shelter in place order issued

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Governor Brian Kemp today announced that all public schools for grades K-12 will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Kemp also announced an executive order requiring all Georgia residents to shelter in place. The shelter in place order will take effect Friday, April 3 and remain in […]

GSCSS Superintendent to seniors: We’re on your side; proms, graduation not cancelled

STAFF REPORT ::: Griffin-Spalding County School Superintendent Jim Smith has released a video message to high school seniors, a message in which Smith warmly recalls his own experiences as a high school senior before addressing students whose senior year has been so distinctly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As he recounted his own momentous life […]