Kareem Reid named GHS Bears head football coach

STAFF REPORT ::: Kareem Reid has been named Griffin High School Bears football head coach. According to a press release issued by the Griffin-Spalding County School System, the Board of Education on Monday afternoon voted 4-0 to approve the recommendation of Reid as head coach. Board of Education Member R. Syntel Brown was not present […]

Sixth-grade student arrested in connection with school bomb threats

STAFF REPORT ::: A sixth-grade student of Rehoboth Road Middle School has been charged in connection with recent online threats against local schools. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, the male student has been charged with 12 counts of terroristic threats and acts and eight counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly […]

Six schools under Level 1 lock down following online threat

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Multiple Griffin-Spalding County schools have been placed on a Level 1 lock down following threats made online. According to Capt. Dwayne Jones, of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, the schools include Rehoboth Road Middle School, Kennedy Road Middle School, Cowan Road Middle School, Griffin High School, Spalding High School and Griffin […]

Spalding High placed on “soft lock down” following fight; one student arrested

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Thursday morning fight at Spalding High School has resulted in the arrest of one student. According to Sheriff Darrell Dix, the fight led to the school being placed on a brief soft lock down. “There was a fight, and a student was taken into custody. The school was put on […]

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 […]

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 […]

Schools’ staggered start times unlikely to be reconsidered

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: School officials say staggered start times have saved the system money, but some parents contend that having students at bus stops as early as 6:30 a.m. is not beneficial to their health or education. Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones said he recognizes the challenges associated with the current schedule, but that it […]

GSCS System announces 2014 Teacher of the Year

SUBMITTED::: Griffin-Spalding County School System’s 2014 Teacher of the Year is Mrs. Raye Aragon. She will represent the Griffin-Spalding County School System in the state-level Teacher of the Year competition. Mrs. Aragon has taught in Griffin-Spalding County School System since 1993. Mrs. Aragon holds a Masters Degree and is certified as both a gifted teacher and […]

GSCS announce MVPs: Most Valuable Parents

SUBMITTED ::: Congratulations to Ms. Lillian Walker, Ms. Jamie McSwain, Ms. Heidi Clinton, Ms. Amy Brown, and Ms. Tabitha Hunsucker for being selected as Griffin- Spalding County School System’s Most Valuable Parents for the month of October. These five parents were recently nominated and elected to be the new PTO board for Jackson Road Elementary. […]

System celebrates 60 years since city/county schools consolidation

ALEXANDER CAIN ::: alexander@the-grip.net The Griffin-Spalding County School System will celebrate 60 years of educational cooperation this year – and a lot of it will happen the week of Halloween, according to Judy Parker, Director of Communications and Partnerships with the Griffin-Spalding County School System. “It starts on Oct. 30 at 4:30 p.m. with a […]

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 […]

GSCS Elementary students “Step Up and Lead”

STAFF REPORTS ::: Eleven Griffin-Spalding County fourth and five grade students recently had the opportunity to attend the 5th Annual “Step Up and Lead Conference at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Georgia. Elementary and middle school students from across the state had the opportunity to attend the 5th annual “Step Up and Lead” conference […]

Zero tolerance does not equal standard disciplinary measures

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Originally printed in the Sept. 12 edition of The Grip In light of the recent rash of weapons brought to school by students, many in the Griffin-Spalding community are wondering what the phrase “zero tolerance” actually means in terms of policy and procedure within the school system. Student handbooks define zero […]

A tale of two knives, two different punishments

SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::  Originally printed in the September 12, 2013 edition of The Grip.  Two children prepared for school on Tuesday, Sept. 3 by purposefully packing knives to take with them.  Both were 12-year-old Griffin-Spalding students and were later caught with the knives, but the similarities of their situations end there. One incident occurred […]

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, […]