GHS students seen in online sex act will not face criminal charges

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two Griffin High School students have been administratively disciplined for engaging in a sexual act in online view of other students. Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCSS) Superintendent Jim Smith described the Tuesday incident as “behavior in violation of the student code of conduct” in an online classroom environment. In a letter […]

GSCSS awarded $10,000 grant for literacy

STAFF REPORT ::: All Griffin-Spalding County ninth-grade students, as well as all A.Z. Kelsey Academy students, will be receiving two books as part of a Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta initiative. The Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCSS) was selected to receive this $10,000 grant from over 300 grant proposals. This grant will fund the Free […]

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 […]

Traditional graduation ceremonies will be held for Griffin-Spalding Class of 2020

STAFF REPORT ::: Traditional graduation ceremonies for the Griffin-Spalding Class of 2020 will be held June 25 and 26. The announcement made Wednesday by Griffin-Spalding County School System Superintendent Jim Smith followed the tabulation of results from a graduation survey sent to local seniors and their parents and guardians. The results were presented to school […]

BoE approves appointment of new Griffin High principal

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education on Tuesday night approved the appointment of Dr. Buford Tyrone Kellogg as principal of Griffin High School. Kellogg’s appointment was approved during a virtual special called Board of Education meeting. Kellogg has most recently served as principal of Putnam County High School for two years. Prior […]

Online Pre-K enrollment application process open now

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCSS) is now accepting online enrollment applications for new pre-kindergarten students for the 2020-2021 school year. Students must be four-years-old on or before Sept. 1, 2020 and reside in Spalding County to be eligible for the GSCSS Pre-K Program. Parents or guardians of prospective GSCS Pre-K students […]

GSCSS Superintendent to seniors: We’re on your side; proms, graduation not cancelled

STAFF REPORT ::: Griffin-Spalding County School Superintendent Jim Smith has released a video message to high school seniors, a message in which Smith warmly recalls his own experiences as a high school senior before addressing students whose senior year has been so distinctly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As he recounted his own momentous life […]

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 School System announces closure

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCSS) has announced that in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, system offices and schools will be closed from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20. In a written statement released to parents and the press, Superintendent James Smith explained this is a precautionary measure and stated, “This […]

Dr. Rochelle Lowery appointed GHS interim principal

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education has appointed Dr. Rochelle Lowery as interim principal of Griffin High School. Lowery currently works for the Dekalb County School District. Lowery will serve as interim principal for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year while officials being the search for a permanent GHS principal. Dr. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Local high school students compete in Skills Competition

STAFF REPORT ::: Students from Griffin and Spalding high schools and the Griffin Regional College & Career Academy recently participated in the Central Georgia & Southern Crescent Workforce Development Alliance Skills Challenge held in Macon. The Associated General Contractors of Georgia (AGC Georgia) joined forces with Sheridan Construction and Swofford Construction to host construction students from 19-area high […]

Griffin mayoral candidate seeks recount

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin Mayoral candidate Daa’ood Amin has requested a recount in the Nov. 5 race in which the uncertified result shows he trailed his Republican opponent, Doug Hollberg, by 15 votes “He (Amin) did request a recount,” said Spalding County Election Supervisor Marcia Ridley, who explained the requirements to initiate the process. […]