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Board of Health encourages immunizations

School Notebook 8-16-13

JONESBORO — The Clayton County Board of Health is encouraging parents to get immunizations and tests required for their students to enroll in school.

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Air Force Airman Anthony Anderson recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. Anderson is the son of Corinne Lindsey of Covington and Andrew Anderson of Jonesboro. (Special Photo)

Officials said parents should bring their children early to avoid the crowds as clients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parents are advised to bring a copy of their children’s immunization records.

A hearing, vision and dental screening is required for children enrolling in Clayton County Public Schools for the first time.

The maximum fee is $25, based on income, for the service. Additional fees for immunizations may apply if a child is not insured.

Accepted methods of payment include Medicaid, Peach State Health Plan, WellCare, AmeriGroup, cash, check, Visa and MasterCard.

Questions can be made to board of health representatives at 678-610-7364.

Title I Parent Meeting set Aug. 24

Clayton County Public Schools’ annual Title I Parent Meeting is set for Aug. 24 from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. The event will be at Drew High School, 6237 Garden Walk Blvd. in Riverdale. It will spotlight Dr. Steve Perry, who has been featured on CNN, OWN and BET.

Student Advisory Council applications available

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge is accepting applications for the 2013-14 Student Advisory Council.

The members of the Student Advisory Council meet three times during the school year with the superintendent to discuss how decisions made at the state level affect students throughout Georgia.

Members are advisors and act as liaisons between the Department of Education and the students of Georgia.

“I am excited about to getting to know a new group of student advisors and discuss how our policies impact them on a daily basis,” said Barge. “We want to make education work for all Georgia’s students, and hearing directly from them is the best way to ensure that happens.”

Meeting dates this school year are Sept. 27, Feb. 14 and May 2 but are subject to change. Applications must be received by Sept. 13. All students in grades 9-12 are eligible to apply. Download the application at www.gadoe.org or email Ron Culver at rculver@doe.k12.ga.us.

School finance official earns professional certification

Lonita Collier earned her local finance officer certification in the second quarter of 2013 through the Carl Vinson Institute of Government’s financial management training program.

Collier, who works with Clayton County Public Schools, was recognized with Level II certification for pursuing professional development in governmental finance, accounting, budgeting and more.

The certification requires finance officers to participate in nearly 200 hours of instruction about the intricacies of government budgeting, purchasing, accounting and other public finance topics. They must earn 84 hours of instruction in intermediate governmental accounting and budgeting principles, internal controls, and revenue administration as well as public finance electives in addition to 108 hours of continuing education.

Locals graduate, honored at Georgia Tech

Several Clayton County residents earned degrees and took part in the 245th commencement ceremonies at the Georgia Institute of Technology. They include Upekha Ananda, Djiedjom Aniakou, Roberta Boron, Jacob Bushey, Kimberly Capella, Kimberly Collins, Kayla Daniels, Claudette Graves, Robert Hannon, Richard Meng, Joseph Nguyen, Vy Nguyen, Steven Pham, Nhan Pham, Jammie Proctor, Pierre Thys and Michael Zerkus. Quang Minh Kieu and Traci Thomason also earned the distinction of Faculty Honors for spring 2013 semester at the Georgia Tech.

Locals achieve at Georgia Military College

Ebele Nibo of Forest Park and Dereck Bradley and Syarniquar Forte, both of Jonesboro were named to the Georgia Military College President’s List for the summer 2013 quarter. Jonesboro residents Olasunkanmi Akerel and Kate Anieke were named to the college Dean’s List. To be named to the President’s List a student must maintain a 3.7 of higher grade point average. The Dean’s List consists of students who earn a GPA between 3.2 and 3.69.