SCTC graduates first group of student inmates with welding certification

ANNA TAYLOR – SCTC ::: Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC), Spalding County and the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board have partnered to offer a Welding & Joining Technology certification program at the Spalding County Correctional Institute facility in Griffin. Last Friday, the first 7 inmates received their Basic Welding Techniques Certification at a graduation ceremony […]

Dual enrollment: Students graduate college before finishing high school

ANNA TAYLOR – SCTC ::: In the moments leading up to Southern Crescent Technical College’s (SCTC) Spring graduation ceremony, over 200 graduates lined up to prepare for one of the greatest accomplishments of their life. Walking through, the graduates look the same for the most part, wearing the traditional black cap and gown with a […]

Griffin Watershed Protection Specialist named statewide trainer of the year

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: City of Griffin Watershed Protection Specialist Alexa Robinson has been selected as the 2017 Adopt-a-Stream Trainer of the Year. The Adopt-a-Stream program is the environmental education arm of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, and the award represents Robinson’s efforts to teach classes, certify volunteers and monitor and participate in the crucial […]

GSCS 2018-19 Pre-K registration and parent meeting upcoming

STAFF REPORT ::: Parents or guardians of prospective Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) Pre-Kindergarten students are invited to attend a parent meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in the Griffin Auditorium located at 233 E. Taylor St. During the information session, families will learn about the Pre-K program, the registration process and will receive […]

Jackson Road Elementary students ponder, “Who Am I?”

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Too often, children are inundated by negative influences and standards that are impossible to attain, but Jackson Road Elementary School third-grade students now have a daily reminder of how incredible they are, and motivation to strive to accomplish their goals. The “Who Are We?” initiative, which was brought to JRES 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 […]

Investigation of CRES principal cites inappropriate relationships, sexual innuendo, foul language and mismanagement

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin-Spalding County School System investigation that resulted in the resignation Alecia McCray, principal of Cowan Road Elementary School, documented numerous concerns dating back to early 2017. According to the investigation’s summary, there is a broad range of allegations including, but not limited to, fraudulent use of Title I funds, the […]

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 […]

JRE Market Day teaches real world economics

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: For nearly a decade, third grade Jackson Road Elementary School students have been receiving a hand-on experience in economics by becoming entrepreneurs in their own straw market on Market Day. JRE teacher Amy Nelms Brown said Market Day is an opportunity for the students to learn outside of workbooks. “The third […]

GSCS Super: Friday was not wasted school day

SHEILA MATHEWS ::: Despite criticism from some residents who questioned the Griffin-Spalding County School System administrative decision to hold school on Friday, Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones said no incidents occurred following this week’s ice storm. “Transportation went well today,” Jones said Friday evening. “The decision to go ahead and have a regular start worked well.” […]

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 […]

Board of Education dismisses sexual harassment complaint

In a personnel hearing conducted Tuesday, April 17, the Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education dismissed the sexual harassment complaint of Kennedy Road Middle School (KRMS) employee, Shonte Ivey, against Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones. The grievance was denied in a 3-1 vote with Michael Kendall , District 1, dissenting. The board heard evidence from several witnesses, […]