The Jackson County Sheriff’s obtained criminal arrest warrants March 6 for the South Jackson Elementary School teacher who stands accused of battery after two students reported they were grabbed by the teacher.
Laura Helen McKown, 30, of Athens, has been charged with two counts of battery for the alleged assaults on two students which occurred on March 4. She has not yet to be arrested on the charges.
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The Gum Springs Elementary leadership team sat down with evaluators during the recent SACS team visit.
Jackson County Schools will be recommended for reaccreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ AdvanceEd Accreditation Exit Review team which recently presented its findings.
The six-member team, which was in Jackson County Feb. 23-26, commended the strong leadership of Superintendent Dr. April Howard and the Jackson County Board of Education, chaired by Lynne Wheeler.
The team’s presentation was made Feb. 26 during a called meeting of the school board.
“Through the spirit of mutual trust and commitment to the pursuit of excellence,” the leadership from the superintendent’s office and the school board are working together to seek continually improvements within the system, said the external review team.
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On Thursday, March 13, 10 teams of three adults per team will see if they can answer “yes” to the question: Are you smarter than a 10-year-old?
The Jackson County Certified Literate Community Program will sponsor this new event to draw attention to their work with adult literacy.
There will be fifth grade students from schools across the county that will be available to help the teams in their quest to come up with the correct answers. It will resemble the television show hosted by Jeff Foxworthy.
There will be some audience participation throughout the event with questions coming from the Master of Ceremonies Andy Garrison.
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On March 6, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is hosting s special program entitled “Choices.”
The 6:30 p.m. program at the Jackson EMC Auditorium feature several female inmates from the Lee Arrendale Prison talking about the choices they made that landed them in prison. A Jackson County Correctional Institute inmate will also speak.
Other speakers will include parents who have dealt with the consequences of choices made by family members.
The program is for students, parents, community leaders and any concerned individuals who want to become involved in helping others make the right choices in life. Several tables will be set up with information on underage drinking, bullying, illegal drugs, distracted driving including texting as well as information on the Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error (P.R.I.D.E.) program and other services offered in Jackson County.
Seating is limited and is available on a first come, first serve basis.
A combination of snow make-up days and an extension to the school day will address Gwinnett County Schools’ missed instructional time.
Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) announced earlier this week its plan for making up the seven days missed due to inclement weather in January and February.
While the Georgia Board of Education has provided school districts flexibility in whether or not to make up these days, the Gwinnett school system historically has made up missed instructional time. With that in mind, school district leaders considered a variety of options that could address the lost instructional time. The district’s plan focuses on four criteria:
The critical importance of maintaining 180 days of instruction.
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