Devoursney Resignation Open Records Report

The Grip has received numerous requests to upload the open records report we received from the Griffin-Spalding County School system regarding the allegations and investigation of grade changing and illegal recruiting by Griffin High School coach Steve Devoursney and teacher Jessica Devoursney. The documents we obtained appear below in full:

Students must choose career pathway before completing eighth grade

SHEILA MATHEWS :::  The age-old question asked of children, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” is one that soon will be taken much more seriously as all eighth-grade students will be required to choose a career pathway for their high school courses. Griffin-Spalding County School System Assistant Superintendent Denise Burrell said […]

GSCS graduation rates continue to rise

STAFF REPORTS ::: The state release of graduation rates shows that the Griffin-Spalding County School System graduation rates continue to rise. “Data from 2011 – 2013 shows we are moving up each year in our graduation rate,” said Curtis L. Jones, Jr., superintendent of schools.  “While we are not where we want to be, we […]

Smart Snacks in Schools will be implemented 2014

  STAFF REPORTS :::  Beginning next school year, Griffin-Spalding County School System will implement “Smart Snacks in School” standards, which will offer healthier snack options for students during the school day. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 required USDA to establish nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools — beyond the federally-supported meals […]

Griffin students prepare for regional robotic competition

  ALEXANDER CAIN ::: Fifth grader Ansley Potter has been studying robotics, both at home and at school. “My brother wants to grow up to be an engineer, and with him building all these things at home, it got me interested in it as well,” Potter said. “He got a robot for Christmas and I’ve […]

Three GSCS schools named 2013 High-Progress Schools by GaBOE

JESSICA GREGORY ::: Griffin-Spalding County School System’s Kennedy Road Middle, Cowan Road Elementary, and AZ Kelsey Academy were among the Georgia schools named 2013 High-Progress Schools by the  Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE). A “High-Progress School” is among the 10 percent of Title I schools in the state that is making the most progress in […]

Local architect firm selected for school SPLOST projects

JESSICA GREGORY ::: The Griffin architectural firm of Manley Spangler Smith will soon begin design services on projects funded by the Griffin-Spalding County School System SPLOST IV.  Construction work would begin next summer. “Manley Spangler Smith is a prominent architect in Georgia for school design,” said Bruce Ballard, Construction & Facilities Director for Griffin-Spalding County […]

Schools’ staggered start times unlikely to be reconsidered

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: School officials say staggered start times have saved the system money, but some parents contend that having students at bus stops as early as 6:30 a.m. is not beneficial to their health or education. Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones said he recognizes the challenges associated with the current schedule, but that it […]

GSCS System announces 2014 Teacher of the Year

SUBMITTED::: Griffin-Spalding County School System’s 2014 Teacher of the Year is Mrs. Raye Aragon. She will represent the Griffin-Spalding County School System in the state-level Teacher of the Year competition. Mrs. Aragon has taught in Griffin-Spalding County School System since 1993. Mrs. Aragon holds a Masters Degree and is certified as both a gifted teacher and […]

GSCS announce MVPs: Most Valuable Parents

SUBMITTED ::: Congratulations to Ms. Lillian Walker, Ms. Jamie McSwain, Ms. Heidi Clinton, Ms. Amy Brown, and Ms. Tabitha Hunsucker for being selected as Griffin- Spalding County School System’s Most Valuable Parents for the month of October. These five parents were recently nominated and elected to be the new PTO board for Jackson Road Elementary. […]

GSCS recognized for having “Go Build Georgia” teams at GHS, SHS

SUBMITTED ::: Gov. Nathan Deal and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development (GOWD) recognize Atlanta Public Schools (APS),  Griffin-Spalding County Schools, Bartow County Schools, Douglas County Schools, Oconee County Schools, and Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools for having 100 percent of the system’s high schools organized with a Go Build Georgia High School Team.  As part of Gov. […]

System celebrates 60 years since city/county schools consolidation

ALEXANDER CAIN ::: 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 […]

Students encouraged to bring devices to help bridge schools’ digital divide

SHEILA MATHEWS ::: School administrators are now encouraging students to BYOD – Bring Your Own Devices – in an effort to help meet the goal of a 1-to-1 student-computer ratio. According to Griffin-Spalding County School System Director of Technology and Communications Rod Smith, one of the greatest benefits will be the increased learning potential. “We […]

Zero tolerance does not equal standard disciplinary measures

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Originally printed in the Sept. 12 edition of The Grip In light of the recent rash of weapons brought to school by students, many in the Griffin-Spalding community are wondering what the phrase “zero tolerance” actually means in terms of policy and procedure within the school system. Student handbooks define zero […]

A tale of two knives, two different punishments

SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::  Originally printed in the September 12, 2013 edition of The Grip.  Two children prepared for school on Tuesday, Sept. 3 by purposefully packing knives to take with them.  Both were 12-year-old Griffin-Spalding students and were later caught with the knives, but the similarities of their situations end there. One incident occurred […]