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SCHOOL NOTEBOOK 7-27-11

Southern Crescent Technical College has begun construction on its new medical technology building. An official groundbreaking ceremony is set for Thursday, July 28, at 10 a.m.

Skanska USA Building Inc., and the Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission, entered into a contract on July 7 to construct the 80,000-square-foot building on the Griffin campus of Southern Crescent Tech, according to Anna Taylor, the technical college's director of marketing and public relations.

Taylor said the building will house several programs, from dental assisting to surgical technology. It will include 12 classrooms, two biology labs, and a chemistry lab to support these allied health programs.

The negotiated cost of construction is $15 million, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 12, 2012. Taylor said the building is expected to be equipped and furnished in time for the spring 2013 semester.

Pollard graduates from William & Mary

Jamila Pollard, of McDonough, recently graduated with a juris doctorate degree from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

Holmes townhall on education, Aug. 27

Henry County's District V Commissioner Bruce Holmes will hold his monthly Town Hall Meeting on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 9 a.m. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at the Fairview Recreation Center, located at 35 Austin Road in Stockbridge. It will focus on education, with an update on Henry County Schools, from guest speakers, Board of Education members Erik Charles (District IV) and Ryan Davis (District V), and Henry County Schools Superintendent Ethan Hildreth.

Fall scholarship funds available at ABAC

Scholarship funds are still available for the upcoming fall semester at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College for students who qualify for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) scholarships.

Ray Barber, Dean of the School of Science and Mathematics, said the single-year scholarships are open to students majoring in biology, chemistry, engineering, agricultural engineering, physics, and mathematics. ABAC was awarded a National Science Foundation STEM grant in 2010 to encourage students to enter these particular fields of study. Barber said some single-year scholarships are available for students in specific STEM majors, due to funds remaining from last year.

Students interested in the STEM scholarships can contact Academic Support Counselor Nicholas Urquhart, at (229) 391-4917, or go to www.abac.edu/sm/assets.cfm, for the STEM application and evaluation form. The deadline for STEM scholarship applications is Aug. 1. The ABAC fall term begins on Aug. 15.

Exchange student program seeks families

The non-profit Center for Cultural Interchange's Academic Year Program is seeking volunteer host families for foreign exchange students for the upcoming 2011-12 school year. Host family applications are being accepted now through Aug. 15. For more information, visit http://www.cci-excha, or call 800-634-4771.

Notice of student with disabilities

If you or your child withdrew, or graduated, from the Henry County Schools between July 1, 2005, and June 30, 2006, please be advised that individual Special Education Records will be destroyed after Sept. 15, 2011. If you want or need a copy of these records, call (770) 957-8086. The Henry County Board of Education is required to keep special education records as long as the reports and records are needed for educational purposes. When these records are no longer needed, the Board must inform the student and/or parent(s) of its plan to destroy such records.

This is to provide notice to all students or parents of students with disabilities, who left Henry County Schools between July 1, 2005, and June 30, 2006, and are no longer enrolled in the Henry County Schools, that all special education records for those students will be destroyed after Sept. 15, 2011, unless you request the records. If you have questions, call (770) 957-8086.

Military notes

Austin graduates from Army basic training

Army Pvt. Christopher Austin recently graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla. Austin, the son of Wanda Austin, of Hampton, is a 2010 graduate of Dutchtown High School.

School Notebook publishes on Wednesdays. Make submissions to Johnny Jackson via e-mail at jjackson@henryherald.com, or call (770) 957-9161.