Education

City of Jefferson’s team ranks as smarter than a 10-year-old

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Committee member Shawn Watson,emcee Andy Garrison, City of Jefferson team members Steve Quinn, Susan Russell and Mark Mobley with Jackson County Certified Literate Community Program executive director Sandra Fite.

Committee member Shawn Watson,emcee Andy Garrison, City of Jefferson team members Steve Quinn, Susan Russell and Mark Mobley with Jackson County Certified Literate Community Program executive director Sandra Fite. See the photo gallery below.

A tie-breaker was needed to determine the winner of the March 13 “Are You Smarter Than a 10-Year-Old” competition held as a fundraiser for the Jackson County Certified Literate Community Program.

The City of Jefferson’s team composed of Councilman Mark Mobley and Steve Quinn and city arborist Susan Russell put together the win after buying a mulligan with a $100 donation to overcome an opening question miss. The team knew that a spelunker explores caves, that there are nine zeros in on billion and that the Erie Canal connected New York City to the Great Lakes. The team’s one million point question was where Mount Rushmore is located and they knew the correct answer was South Dakota.

Executive director Sandra Fite welcomed the crowd assembled in the Jackson EMC auditorium to see which team would best match wits with the type of classroom questions seem by 10-year-old students. Fite projected the event, held in place of spelling bees of the past, will generate $4,500 for the Certified Literate Community Program.

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Jackson County Schools will eliminate 60 positions to help address financial challenges

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Dr. April Howard presented the Reduction in Force Plan for consideration by the Board of Education after a discussion held during the board's two-day retreat.

Dr. April Howard presented the Reduction in Force Plan for consideration by the Board of Education after a discussion held during the board’s two-day retreat.

The Jackson County School System will be enacting its Reduction in Force policy in an effort to save approximately $3.1 million in the 2014-015 school year budget. That means there will be less fewer teachers employed by the district at the start of the next school year.

During a Friday 4 p.m. called Jackson County Board of Education meeting held at the conclusion of a two-day board retreat, the school board accepted the staff recommendation to adopt a RIF plan which will reduce 40.5 certified positions. That number is in addition to another 19 positions being lost to attrition die to resignations, retirements and contract non-renewals.

The final recommendation was fine-tuned from a Thursday discussion about the system’s financial condition during the retreat.

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Bomb threat at East Jackson Middle School was a hoax; investigation continuing

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A bomb was reported at East Jackson Middle School on March 12, and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Patrol (GSP), Georgia Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD), University of Georgia Bomb Disposal Unit, local fire and EMS and other public safety agencies responded.

A Jackson County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer (SRO) was first notified of the report of a bomb by a student.

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Gwinnett County students will return to school Aug. 5 for start of 2014-15 year

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Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) released a revised 2014-15 school calendar Wednesday that calls for the district to return to school on Tuesday, Aug. 5 — one day earlier than originally scheduled.

The change in the calendar is due to the need for a student/teacher holiday on Nov. 4, which is Election Day. This day was originally slated to be a school day; however, as this year’s election includes several major races, including contests for Governor and a vacated U.S. Senate seat, election traffic is likely to be high.

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South Jackson Elementary teacher facing battery charges

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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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