SCSO: Cowan Road Middle School coach aggressively approached, pushed student down

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office incident report related to the Aug. 17 incident at Cowan Road Middle School involving a coach and student details what was reported to law enforcement and school officials as well as what was recorded on video. Based on a statement from Sheriff Darrell Dix, The GRIP […]

BREAKING NEWS: Sheriff confirms Cowan Road Middle School educator is under investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Cowan Road Middle School educator is under investigation by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. Officials say the investigation was precipitated by an allegation related to a specific incident involving the Griffin-Spalding County School System employee. Authorities say that when confronted with the allegation, the employee resigned. “I was briefed about […]

Today’s 2nd Saturday event highlights local industry, businesses, community partners, more

STAFF REPORT ::: If you are looking for family friendly fun, check out today’s 2nd Saturday event – May’d in Griffin – from 2 to 5 p.m. A celebration of Griffin, the Downtown Council and Main Street Program have teamed up with the Chamber of Commerce and Griffin-Spalding County School System to showcase things that […]

GHS student facing child porn charges after explicit video was AirDropped at school

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A 17-year-old Griffin High School student, Lucinda Karina Bailey, has been arrested and charged with the production and distribution of child pornography under the Georgia Computer Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act. The Griffin Police Department alleges Bailey on Monday used the iPhone AirDrop feature to disseminate a video recording of […]

Griffin teacher arrested and charged with hitting two students

STAFF REPORT ::: Cassandra Clarice Barlow, a teacher in the Griffin-Spalding County School System, has been arrested after allegedly striking two students with a computer charger. Spalding County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Kennedy Road Middle School Wednesday, Feb. 16, following a report that a teacher had struck a student. Criminal investigators responded to the […]

Two GSCSS students face disciplinary action after knives were located on school property

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two Griffin-Spalding County School Systems students are facing disciplinary action for having knives on school property Tuesday. The first incident occurred on a school bus as it was transporting students to Cowan Road Middle School. Officials say a student notified the bus driver that a male student was in possession of […]

Elementary students will resume in-person learning Sept. 13

STAFF REPORT ::: Griffin-Spalding County School System elementary school students will resume in-person education Monday, Sept. 13. Middle and high school students will continue in virtual learning mode for at least one more week. These students will not resume in-person education before at least Sept. 20. Officials say the phased approach is being utilized to […]

COVID case count increase sparks mask requirement in Griffin-Spalding schools

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Officials of the Griffin-Spalding County School System today announced a revision to its mask policy, now requiring students and staff to wear masks while on campus and in district offices. This change, effective immediately, is in response to an increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases this weekend. “I realize […]

Critical Race Theory has not been, will not be taught in Griffin-Spalding public schools: superintendent

STAFF REPORT ::: Griffin-Spalding County School Superintendent Keith Simmons has confirmed that Critical Race Theory is not being taught in Spalding County public schools. Simmons addressed the issue at the conclusion of the June 15 Board of Education work session. “I want to be clear. In the Griffin-Spalding County School System, we do not teach […]

GSCSS announces high school graduation schedules, prom cancellations

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County School System has announced the 2021 graduation schedule for Griffin and Spalding high schools and A.Z. Kelsey Academy. Also announced on Friday was the cancelation of proms for all Griffin-Spalding County high schools. The Griffin High School graduation ceremony will be conducted at 7 p.m. May 26 at Memorial […]

In-person school cancelled for Thursday due to potential severe weather forecast

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Due to the forecast of severe weather, the Griffin-Spalding County School System has cancelled in-person learning for Thursday, March 18. All after school activities are also cancelled. The day will instead be considered a “catch-up day” during which they are asked to use their Chromebooks to complete any outstanding assignments or […]

Griffin High teacher and coach Bart Pinckney dies

SHEILA A. MATHEWS  ::: Griffin High School Coach Bartonia “Bart” Pinckney has passed away following an extended hospitalization. Pinckney was a math teacher and coached football, basketball and track at Griffin High School. During his 13-year career with the Griffin-Spalding County School System, he also taught at Spalding High School and Carver Road Middle School. […]

Griffin-Spalding County schools to continue distance learning through March 1

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County School System will continue distance learning until March 1, when in-person learning will resume. School officials say Spalding County has maintained high COVID-19 counts since before the school system’s Christmas break. Area hospitals remain full and some continue to defer patients elsewhere. Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCSS) officials on […]

School officials extend at-home learning at least two additional weeks

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County School System has extended at-home learning two additional weeks. School system officials say this decision was based on increasing COVID-19 numbers in the Griffin-Spalding County community, which have resulted in hospitals filling and diverting patients elsewhere. GSCSS district leaders on Friday met with a regional epidemiologist from the Georgia […]

BREAKING NEWS: All Griffin-Spalding public school in-person learning cancelled

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County School System will revert to at-home distance learning following the Christmas break. According to Interim Superintendent Donald Warren, this change is due to an increase in Spalding County COVID-19 cases. “Out of an abundance of caution, due to the current increase in COVID-19 cases in Spalding County, GSCS students […]