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 […]

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 […]

Kemp: Georgia public schools closed through April 24

STAFF REPORT ::: Public elementary and secondary schools have been closed through April 24 by executive order of Governor Brian Kemp. This closure applies to in-person instruction. “I am deeply grateful to State School Superintendent Richard Woods, the Georgia Department of Education, superintendents and parents for keeping us informed and helping us make the right […]

Local high school graduation ceremonies have not been cancelled

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Rumors circulating that local high school graduation ceremonies have been cancelled are just that – rumors. Officials of the Griffin-Spalding County School System say that decision has not been made. “We haven’t made a decision on graduation. We have not decided anything on graduation ceremonies as of yet,” said GSCSS Executive […]

Griffin-Spalding County Library to close until further notice

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin-Spalding County Library will be closed to the public beginning Tuesday, March 17. The decision to close the library until further notice was made by the library administration and its Board of Trustees. The Griffin-Spalding County Library averages approximately 450 patrons through the door daily. Library officials say the decision […]

Elijah Jackson named GSCSS Spelling Bee champion

STAFF REPORT ::: Elijah Jackson, a student of Moreland Road Elementary School, won the 2020 Griffin-Spalding County School System Scripps Spelling Bee that was held Jan. 9. Jackson, a fifth-grade student who participates in the Program Challenge gifted program, became champion by correctly spelling the word “influenza.” The runner-up, A.J. Fulton, is a sixth-grade student […]

Spalding County inmates graduate Serve Safe program

STAFF REPORT ::: Five inmates of the Spalding County Jail have graduated from the Serve-Safe Program, an initiative of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office and Aramark Food Services. The Jan. 9 graduation marks the third successful class since the programs inception. Designed to teach potential restaurant employees the skills necessary to safely and properly prepare […]

Doss, Holmes re-elected to serve as BoE chair, vice-chair

STAFF REPORT ::: Members of the Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education have re-elected Will Doss and Zachary Holmes as its chair and vice-chair, respectively. The vote was taken during the BoE’s Jan. 7, meeting held at Cowan Road Middle School. Holmes was first elected to the Board of Education in 2001, and Doss was elected […]

SCSO inmates graduate training program

STAFF REPORT ::: A second class of inmates has graduated from the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Serve-Safe Program. This partnership between the SCSO and Aramark Food Services is designed to teach potential restaurant employees the skills needed to safely and properly prepare food in a commercial setting. “The program was sponsored by the Aramark Food […]

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 […]