Former GHS teacher sentenced to prison for child sex crimes

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Brandy Lynn Nickels, the former Griffin High School teacher charged with numerous sex crimes involving multiple students, has plead guilty in Spalding County Superior Court and been sentenced for her crimes. “She plead guilty to two counts of sexual assault and one count of child molestation. She received a sentence of […]

Student arrested for alleged threat to blow up Spalding High

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Spalding High School student was arrested Wednesday for making an alleged threat against the school. According to Griffin-Spalding County School System Digital Communication Specialist Laura Beaber, the student was overheard making statements concerning blowing up the school. Spalding High parents received notification of the incident which stated, “Students alerted school […]

School officials schedule make up days during winter break

STAFF REPORT ::: Officials of the Griffin-Spalding County School System have announced students will be required to make up two of the six days missed due to inclement weather during the 2017-2018 school term. Those two days have been scheduled on Thursday, Feb. 22, and Friday, Feb. 23. According to a press release issued by […]

Free GED classes to be offered at Fairmont

SUBMITTED ::: The Fairmont Community Center is partnering with Southern Crescent Technical College to offer free GED classes. Pre-registration is required. Classes will be offered during the evening on weeknights. Saturday morning tutorials will also be offered from 10 a.m. to noon. To register or for additional information, please contact Rena Simon at the Fairmont […]

Cowan Road Elementary principal resigns; GSCSS alleges multiple ethical violations were substantiated

STAFF REPORT ::: Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCSS) has accepted the resignation of Aleshia McCray as principal of Cowan Road Elementary School. Hoby Davenport will on Monday, Oct. 30, assume the position of interim principal while the search for McCrary’s replacement is conducted. McCray was placed on leave Oct. 5, 2017, pending the outcome of […]

Orrs Elementary School teacher Roxie Davis disciplined after controversial lesson

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Roxie Davis, a fourth-grade teacher at Orrs Elementary School, has received an official letter of directive related a classroom lesson that included the sharing of a CNN 10 Kid News clip about President Donald Trump’s comments pertaining to some NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem. The disciplinary action followed an […]

Board of Education appoints three new administrators

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education has appointed three new administrators. The action was taken at the Board’s Tuesday night meeting. According to a press release issued by the school system, one of the appointments is a new position created based on the curriculum audit recommendation. Michele Purvis, who was appointed school […]

Griffin-Spalding School Superintendent Curtis Jones accepts Bibb County position

STAFF REPORTS ::: Griffin-Spalding County Superintendent of Schools Curtis L. Jones, Jr. is the sole finalist for the position of school superintendent in Bibb County.  Jones will remain as superintendent of the Griffin-Spalding County School System for the remainder of the current school year, and the Board of Education will meet to develop a plan of […]

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 […]