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All Toombs County students will get free meals


The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 includes the implementation of CEO to insure that every student in low-income neighborhoods can participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP). To qualify, a district or school must have 40 percent or more of its students eligible for free meals based on direct certification.
Source: Southeast Georgia Today

Savannah-Chatham BOE rejects all-boys charter school petition
Board members voted six to three to deny a petition for Star Charter School, a K-8 school that would focus on the success of the Savannah-Chatham Public School system’s most problematic student population — boys.
Source: Savannah Morning News/Saturday

Bibb County schools earn reaccreditation and some rebukes
Source: Macon Telegraph/Saturday

Warner Robins Housing Authority fills backpacks for children
More than 1,000 backpacks, pencils, pens, notebooks, crayons and folders were set to be assembled for students going back to school.
Source: Macon Telegraph/Saturday

• Southwire Company to hold 9th annual “Back to School Giveaway” Saturday
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

• “Stuff the Bus” school supply drive held in Atlanta
Source: WSB-TV

Worth County BOE votes to discontinue service to MCLB children
Many students with families attached to Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany now face immediate transfers after the Worth County Board of Education voted Thursday to suspend a component of Policy JBCB (nonresident students) that allowed “students whose parents are soldiers living on the military base” to attend Worth County Schools.
Source: Albany Herald/Saturday

• Shock follows decision by Worth County school board
Base officials and parents of the 57 children who have been enrolled in Worth County schools are shocked and outraged that the school system is suspending a policy that allowed students with Marine parents to attend school.
Source: Albany Herald/weekend

Georgia Gwinnett College professor named a Chawton House Library fellow
Jessica Damian, an associate professor of English, is the first GGC faculty member to be named a Chawton House Library visiting fellow in a partnership with the faculty of Humanities at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. She is one of 30 international visiting fellows to attend the month-long study this summer.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post/weekend

Savannah-Chatham’s ESPLOST I nearly done
Ultimately, the district delivered $310.6 million worth of improvements, and after seven years, ESPLOST I construction is nearing an end.
Source: Savannah Morning News/Sunday

How Muscogee County BOE kept superintendent search a secret
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer/Sunday

Summer enrollment down at UGA 
Summer enrollment is down at the University of Georgia for the third straight year and is now at its lowest in 14 years.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald/Sunday

Court ruling raises questions about Richmond County’s magnet school admissions
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Day care in Athens one of first schools in state to be Quality Rated
Little Angels in Athens was one of the first area schools to adopt the state’s GELDS standards, which outlines what children should know prior to starting kindergarten. 
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Athens agency collects school supplies for those in need
Family Connection-Communities in Schools has partnered with Athens-area Walmart stores for its third Back to School Supply Drive.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

ASU, Darton State College inject $291 million into Southwest Georgia’s economy
Source: Albany Herald

• University of West Georgia has $442 million impact on Carroll County
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Educators return to Jekyll Island for annual conference
Participants include elementary, middle and high school principals, district administrators, superintendents and directors, as well as well-known names like state Superintendent John Barge and Gov. Nathan Deal.
Source: Brunswick News

Grace Christian Academy in Bainbridge to hold fundraiser with ‘Duck Dynasty’ stars
The event will be held Sunday, September 8 and will feature Jase and Missy Robertson, who are on A&E’s popular “Duck Dynasty” reality show.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight


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