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CLAYTON SCHOOL NOTEBOOK: May 23, 2012

Clayton County offering summer youth programs

Tribunal recommends teacher’s firing

Abuse allegations could mean end of Vollmer’s career

After spending a week defending himself against accusations that he abused special needs students, David Vollmer, a veteran teacher at Adamson Middle School teacher, will lose his job if the Clayton County Public Schools upholds its tribunal’s recommendation.

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School’s out for the summer

Clayton’s youths figuring out how to keep busy

Jonesboro High School sophomore, Tyler Howell, 15, was ready to hit the basketball courts on Friday, seeing how it was the last day of school. “I’m just ready to get my summer started and shoot some hoops,” said the teenager.

Clayton State offering youth summer camps

Looking for fun activities for your youth to do this summer? Well, Clayton State University will be offering a variety of summer youth camps starting next month.

Clayton teacher’s career in jeopardy after abuse allegations

School officials say a final decision on whether a Clayton County teacher will be terminated, for allegedly abusing special-needs students, will be made by the school system by the end of this week.

District’s graduation schedule set

Clayton County high school graduation schedules

Board of Health promotes breastfeeding

The Clayton County Board of Health will continue hosting several activities today and Friday, in recognition of Breastfeeding Awareness week.

Bank in Forest Park robbed

Detectives with the Forest Park Police Department said an unidentified, armed man robbed the Wells Fargo Bank, in Forest Park, on Monday morning.

CLAYTON SCHOOL NOTEBOOK: May 16, 2012

BOE to host last hearing on budget Thursday

Clayton State hosting ‘FAFSA Day’

It teaches students how to avoid financial aid mistakes

The Clayton State University Office of Financial Aid will host a “FAFSA Day,” which is geared toward helping students learn how not to make costly mistakes when applying for financial aid.

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District’s Sledge retiring after 39 years

She says it’s time for young teachers to step up

After serving nearly 40 years with Clayton County Public Schools, Kay Sledge, whose last role was as the school system’s fine arts director, has decided to retire.

Blaze at home ultimately claims Riverdale man’s life

A 62-year-old Riverdale man has died from his injuries after being pulled from his burning home on Saturday morning.

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‘Disney on Stage’: Scores support opening for county-wide musical

Friday was the opening night for the 16th annual All-County Honor Musical. Scores of parents and community members packed the PAC, to show their support for county’s performing arts program and students.

Clayton BOE meeting on Monday

The Clayton County Board of Education will have its monthly board meeting on Monday, May 7, at 6 p.m.

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Clayton Police, State Patrol seize millions in 'pure marijuana'

The Clayton County Police Department said it arrested three men early Friday morning, after discovering 4,000 pounds of marijuana worth at least $4 million in their possession.

'Parks and Rec not taking over middle school athletics'

Despite rumblings in the community about the possibility that the Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department would take over the administration of the school system’s middle school sports program, Board of Education Chairperson Pam Adamson said she wanted to make it clear that such a takeover will not happen.

County Senior Center will celebrate ‘Older American Month’

The Clayton County Senior Services Department will host its annual Mayfest celebration, in recognition of Older Americans Month.

School supply drive Thursday for Clayton, Henry students

Local sororities are asking the community to come out, today, and support their initiative to collect schools supplies for students living in Clayton and Henry counties.

Heatley's budget-reduction plan gets OK, though modified

After weeks of consideration and exhaustive discussion, the Clayton County Board of Education decided to move forward, Monday, with the proposed budget and budget-reduction plan recommended by Superintendent Edmond Heatley, but not without some modifications.

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District hosts last academic gallery

Mount Zion Elementary school fifth-graders Kalissa Hernandez and Toriyah Fields were more than confident that they would shine as bright stars, during the Clayton County Public Schools’ final Academic Gallery held Tuesday at the Administrative Complex in Jonesboro.

Clayton State appoints new vice president

Kate Troelstra has been appointed as the next Vice President for External Relations at Clayton State University, according to school President Tim Hynes.

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Seniors’ fitness center celebrates one-year anniversary

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the center, staff members hosted a carnival in the parking lot, on Friday.

CSU Athletics Department teeing up for tournament

Registration for Clayton State University’s annual “FAN-Raiser Golf Tournament,” is under way. The event, hosted by the unversity’s athletics department, will take place Monday, May, 14, at the Lake Spivey Golf Club, located at 8255 Clubhouse Way, in Jonesboro.

State awarding college funds for newborns

It’s never too early to start planning for your children’s education. Which is why the state’s Path2College 529 Plan has officially kicked off its 2012 Newborn Sweepstakes, encouraging families to enter their newborns for a chance to win a prize that will put them on the path to a college education and a brighter future.

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CSU gearing up for summer music camp

Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall is gearing up for its fourth annual “Summer Music Camp.”

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Riverdale man sentenced to 5 years probation for bomb threat

A 20-year-old Riverdale man who was arrested for making a bomb threat to Riverdale Middle School last week, has been sentenced to five years intensive probation.

District prepping for summer meal program

The Clayton County Public Schools is set to participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Seamless Summer Meal Program. School officials said the program is scheduled to begin Tuesday, May 29, and will conclude on Thursday, June 21.

SCHOOL NOTEBOOK: April 25, 2012

District hosting ‘500 Women Standing in the Gap’ on Saturday

Police officer hit by car suffers minor injuries

A Clayton County Police officer was taken to the hospital Monday after being hit by a car while on duty.

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Arnold elementary teacher unveils story of abuse

Sally Simmone is unveiling her pain in a book she has written called, “Guilty As Charged … Forgiven As Promised,” published in January by Crossbooks Publishers.

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Schools’ golf tournament draws community support

It wasn’t the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, but you wouldn’t know it, considering the enthusiasm and competitive spirit of the participants at the Lake Spivey course on Friday.

Tuition increase lowest in a decade

Students attending Clayton State University and many of Georgia’s other public colleges and universities this fall will not have to worry about putting too much of a dent in their financial budgets. Tuition is only expected to rise 2.5 percent, the smallest increase in a decade.

BOE further discusses budget reduction plan

Clayton County Schools Superintendent Edmond Heatley and school board members gave the superintendent’s proposed budget reduction plan further consideration during a board retreat meeting held last week.

District to host charity golf tournament

Clayton County Public Schools will hold its third annual Promoting Student Achievement (PSA) Golf Tournament, on Friday, April 20.

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Clayton students lending skills to renovate home

Students and teachers from Lovejoy, Mt. Zion, Jonesboro and Forest Park high schools have again rolled up their sleeves, and put on their hard hats and boots to help the Jonesboro-based Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity renovate a local house. This time, at 6044 Prestige Valley Road, in Morrow.

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Riverdale man arrested in school bomb threat

A 20-year-old Riverdale man has been arrested for making a bomb threat to Riverdale Middle School last week.

District educators respond to new graduation rates

Lovejoy principal lauds new calculation method, saying, “Any accountability measure is a good driving force.”

Clayton State to host media fest

The 36th Annual Georgia Student Media Festival (GSMF), will be hosted by Clayton State University, later this month, at the Clayton County Public Schools Professional Learning Center, located at 1087 Battle Creek Road in Jonesboro.

M.D. Roberts’ school council meets Monday

“School Council” meeting on Monday, April, 16, at 4:30 p.m.

Third bomb threat made at a Clayton school

The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that a bomb threat was made to Riverdale Middle School, on Friday morning.

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BOE votes against paying Garrett’s attorney fees

The Clayton County Board of Education voted, this week, not to pay the attorney fees for Board Member Trinia Garrett, which she incurred as she defended herself (in December) against charges that she downloaded pornography from more than 60 web sites onto a computer assigned to her by the school district.

City of Riverdale hosting bridal show Sunday

It will be the ultimate Hollywood affair this weekend for future brides to be, according to Cie Cie McGhee, marketing and event specialist for the City of Riverdale.

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Missing Clayton student found at Henry shopping center

A 14-year-old M.D. Roberts Middle School student who is autistic went missing for more than five hours Wednesday afternoon before he was found unhurt at the Walmart shopping center in Stockbridge.

New formula knocks district high school graduation rate down

Under the new formula the State Board of Education is following, Clayton County’s high school graduation rates don't look nearly as good as they did before.

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Pointe South Middle students place in art competition

Pointe South Middle eighth-grader Aaron Dickerson recently won second place in a regional art competition, earning an all-expenses-paid trip to Istanbul, Turkey.

Drew High celebrating youth art Friday

Charles Drew High School will host “Celebrating Youth Art Month” event Friday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Disciplinary action likely for Clayton student protesters

Scores of students at Mt. Zion High School are believed to be facing disciplinary action, after walking out of class last month, to hold a rally –– on school grounds –– in honor of slain Florida teenager, Trayvon Martin.

Greek Consul to speak at Clayton State

Clayton State University will welcome the Consul of Greece, Dr. Vassilios Gouloussis, who will speak to the university’s College of Business on Wednesday, April 18.

State BOE releasing newly calculated graduation rate today

The State Board of Education is expected to announce its newly calculated high school graduation rates Tuesday, falling in line with federal mandates that will make it easier to compare how Georgia compares with other states.

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Clayton County Parks, Rec offers archery program

Clayton County Parks and Recreation launched a new “Archery Program” for seniors 55 and older last month at the Clayton County International Park. Paul Smith, 62, noticed the advertisement for the new program, and said it immediately “sparked” his interest.