Clayton Schools to hold budget public hearing

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen


Clayton County Public Schools is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the district's proposed fiscal year 2012 budget on Thursday, May 5, at 6 p.m., at the Clayton County Public Schools Central Administration Complex, at 1058 Fifth Ave., in Jonesboro. The school system is also scheduled to hold public hearings on the budget on May 12, at 5:30 p.m., and on June 6, at a time to be determined.


The Morrow High School Local School Council will meet on Tuesday, May 10, at 6 p.m., in the media center of the school, at 2299 Old Rex Morrow Road, in Morrow. Call (404) 362-3865.


Clayton County Public Schools has announced it will offer free breakfasts and lunches, for children between the ages of 4 and 18, Monday through Friday, from June 6, to July 1, at Lake Ridge Elementary School, located at 7900 Lake Ridge Circle, in Riverdale. Meals will be offered to people over the age of 18, at a cost of $1.50 for breakfast, and $2.50 for lunch. The meals are being offered as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's "Seamless Summer Meals" program. The school system announced it will release specific hours for when breakfast and lunch will be served later this month. Call (678) 479-0171, for more information.

The Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department has announced it is extending its application deadline for Kids Outdoors Scholarships, to May 31. The scholarships will allow Clayton County students, currently enrolled in the seventh- and eighth-grades, to take a three-day trip, organized by the Parks and Recreation Department, to Jekyll Island, from July 18, to July 20. During the trip, youths will visit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and Summer Waves Water Park, and take classes offered by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Georgia 4-H program. Students must submit essays, along with their applications, that explain why they would want to participate in the Kids Outdoors Program. Applications can be found on www.kidsoutdoorsga.org, and people can call (770) 603-4005, for more information.

The U.S. Air Force Reserve recently announced that Airman Donovan J. Williamson, a 2009 graduate of Lovejoy High School, has graduated from an eight-week basic military training course at Lackland Air Force Base, in San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Jonesboro resident, Theresa Williamson.

The U.S. Army recently announced that Sgt. Junior Joseph, the daughter of Morrow resident, Lina Harris, has been decorated with the Army Commendation Medal. The medal is awarded to individuals who have distinguished themselves, while serving in any capacity with the Army, by acts of heroism, meritorious achievement or meritorious service. Sgt. Joseph is an automated logistical specialist assigned to the 434th Field Artillery Brigade, based out of Fort Sill, in Lawton, Okla.


The Clayton County Public Library System offers many services to students, including tutoring programs for those who speak either English, or Spanish, and online practice tests and electronic test-preparation books for the SAT, GED, ASVAB, and TOEFFL exams. Visit the Clayton County Library web site, at www.claytonpl.org.

The Everett Music School is offering a Music After School Program for local children, at its new location at the Emmanuel Baptist Church Campus, at 230 Ga. Hwy. 138, Bldg. B, in Riverdale. Youths receive homework assistance, Criterion-Reference Competency Test (CRCT) preparation, math and reading enrichment, and lessons in piano, drums, singing and music theory. Transportation is also available. The cost of the camp is $65 per week. For more information, go online to www.eMusicSchool.org, or call (404) 969-KEYZ.

School Notebook is a regular feature of the Clayton News Daily compiled by staff writer Curt Yeomans. He can be reached via e-mail at cyeomans@news-daily.com.

Clayton Schools Graduation Schedule

Clayton County Public Schools is scheduled to hold its eight high school graduation ceremonies on May 23 and 24, at the Georgia Dome, which is located at One Georgia Dome Drive, in Atlanta. Each ceremony is scheduled to last one-and-a-half hours, according to a school system news release.

There will be a change this year, because the district is not planning to offer transportation to, or from, the ceremonies. People who drive to the Georgia Dome will have to pay a $15 fee to park in one of its parking lots.

For the fifth consecutive year, the district will also offer live broadcasts of the ceremonies on the school system's web site, www.clayton.k12.ga.us/, for relatives of graduates who are unable to attend the ceremonies.

The schedule for the graduations is as follows:

Monday, May 23

* 9 a.m., Mount Zion High School

* Noon, North Clayton High School

* 3 p.m., Morrow High School

* 7 p.m., Forest Park High School

Tuesday, May 24

* 9 a.m., Lovejoy High School

* Noon, Mundy's Mill High School

* 3 p.m., Riverdale High School

* 7 p.m., Jonesboro High School