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Locals earn ABAC scholarships

School Notebook 9-5-15

Joseph Thompson of Morrow and Sydney Pinder of Jonesboro have been awarded ABAC Foundation scholarships to attend Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

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School officials discuss long-awaited future Riverdale High gym

School board members recently reached consensus during a discussion on Riverdale High gymnasium renovations.

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Du Bois Integrity Academy, supporters celebrate new campus with ribbon cutting

Several state and local officials were on hand Friday to help celebrate the new Du Bois Integrity Academy campus in Riverdale.

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Hurricane Katrina’s displaced joined local communities

Schools experienced enrollment bump in storm aftermath

Many residents evacuated with hopes of returning soon enough to repair storm-battered homes, but they returned to destruction — wind-torn and molded homes still drying out from the flood.

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Parents turnout to Pointe South Elementary open house

Officials estimate some 200 parents and the children turned out for an open house event Thursday at Pointe South Elementary.

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Statewide charter school to serve families throughout south metro

Liberty Tech Charter School approved for the Southern Crescent

A new charter school is set to open next fall to serve several Southern Crescent counties.

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Elementary school student found with weapon in Clayton County

An elementary school student appeared Friday in Clayton County Juvenile Court to answer charges of having a concealed weapon at school.

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College Fair set Sept. 19 at International Park

School Notebook 8-28-15

The Clayton County Board of Commissioners, in collaboration with Clayton County Parks and Recreation, will host a College Fair on Sept. 19.

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Elite Scholars Academy leads district on average ACT scores

Clayton County Public Schools continues to fall below the state average on the ACT college entrance exam.

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Grief counselors available at school of deceased student

Clayton police confirm names of children

School officials have confirmed one child killed in an accident Tuesday was a student at Church Street Elementary in Riverdale

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Du Bois Integrity Academy to host ribbon cutting Friday

New charter school unveils “state of the art” facilities

Du Bois Integrity Academy officials will host a ribbon cutting Friday to celebrate the completion of its new “state-of-the-art” facility at 6479 Church St.

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Utopian Academy would have to close in cash for school facility

Rent agreement includes purchase option deadline

Time is ticking, and officials at Utopian Academy for the Arts have a couple of months to decide whether to purchase a property at 6630 Camp St.

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Film speaks to 21st century education reform

State legislators encourage reform at the ballot box

Education reform advocates have long championed personalized learning as key to shedding a century-old system and embracing a new technological age.

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Grief counselors available at school of deceased student

School officials have confirmed one child killed in an accident Tuesday was a student at Church Street Elementary in Riverdale

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Utopian Academy faces sign permit violation charges

Utopian Academy for the Arts is a small school that occupies four buildings on the campus of the old Riverdale Elementary campus.

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State Rep. co-hosts educational documentary screening

School Notebook 8-22-15

State Rep. Valencia Stovall, along with the Georgia Charter School Association, will co-host a screening of the educational film “Most Likely to Succeed” on Saturday.

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Movie screening set Saturday

State Reps. Valencia Stovall (District 74) and Mike Glanton (District 75) plan to host a free movie screening Saturday in conjunction with the Georgia Charter Schools Association.

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Bees and butterflies in August

The bees are collecting for honey to return to the hive, as butterflies get their fill of the sweet nectar.

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CCREA kick-starts 2015-16

Members of the Clayton County Retired Educators Association met Tuesday to kick-off a new year of service to the organization and its charities.

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School counselor a no-show to answer for absenteeism

A school counselor was a no-show for personnel hearing regarding absenteeism Tuesday.

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School officials: direct deposit glitch corrected

School officials reported this week that the technical glitch that caused the July 31 direct deposits mishap has been corrected.

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Retired educators to meet Tuesday

School Notebook 8-15-15

The Clayton County Retired Educators Association meets Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Jonesboro Methodist Church.

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Police investigate active shooter hoax at middle school | VIDEO | PHOTOS

Law enforcement agencies cleared a Level 3 lockdown at a middle school in Clayton County early Friday afternoon in response to a hoax active shooter threat.

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Class of 2015 graduates summer class

A few dozen young people recently joined Clayton County Public Schools’ Class of 2015.

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Officials report a smooth start at Du Bois Integrity Academy

Du Bois Integrity Academy officials are reporting a “great” start to the 2015-16 school year this week.

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State charter school to pay rent, where local charter schools would not

Officials: Utopian Academy enters into $3,000-per-month lease with BOE

Utopian Academy for the Arts will spend at least $36,000 on a 12-month lease with the Clayton County Board of Education this school year.

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Southern Crescent Habitat celebrates fifth new home in 2015

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity volunteers will join with members of the Trinty Park community in Riverdale Saturday to celebrate the new home journey of Lynn Gandy.

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Officials: No major incidents on first day in Clayton

Officials reported no major issues for the first day of school in Clayton County.

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Kids own their education from Day One at Mount Zion Primary

Principal Enika Bryant found one child in her trek down the hallway. He was in tears and complaining about a headache.

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Fee reimbursement claim available to school employees

School officials have announced a means for employees to contest penalties that may have resulted from the July 31 payroll glitch.

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School-based Health Center expands reach in North Clayton

Donovan Peeples sat patiently with his nephew, Tahsean Gant, whose head was buried in the glow of his smart phone.

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West Clayton Elementary ready for school year

School promotes positive behavior with game room

Assistant Principal Dira Harris made frequent stops in the hallways of West Clayton Elementary. One after another, returning students greeted the administrator — some with wide smiles, and others with bashful grins.

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Local man awarded UPS Scholarship

School Notebook 8-8-15

Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Ga., has announced Morrow High graduate Wesley Johnson as a recipient of the 2015-16 United Parcel Service Scholarship.

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BOE special election bill tops $30,000

Officials reported this week the cost of this summer’s sparsely attended school board special election in District 9 of Clayton County. The dollar tally came out in the thousands.

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Charter school to open Monday, despite construction delays

Construction workers kept long hours, toiling on what will be the main campus of Clayton County’s newest charter school.

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Orientation Friday at DuBois Integrity Academy in Clayton County

Du Bois Integrity Academy officials remind parents about the school’s orientation event Friday.

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Schools host ‘Meet and Greet’ sessions Thursday

Clayton County Public Schools officials are reminding parents of the district’s “Meet and Greet” sessions Thursday.

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BOE agrees to partnership with CIS of Atlanta

The school board unanimously accepted a recommendation Monday to implement a Communities in Schools program at Forest Park High.

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Benjamin Straker takes place in District 9 BOE seat

Benjamin Straker took his place Monday as the newest member of the Clayton County Board of Education.

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UPDATE: Superintendent apologizes for direct deposit snafu

Moves to address residual effects

JONESBORO — Superintendent Luvenia Jackson issued an apology Monday to employees adversely affected by a snag in the direct deposit process.

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School board discusses Communities in Schools

Members to convene Monday

School board members may decide whether to move forward in a potential partnership with Communities in Schools of Atlanta.

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School officials report direct deposit ‘payroll glitch’

School officials said Saturday morning that nearly 5,400 wire transfers were made in efforts to pay system employees.

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Officials speak health at Chamber breakfast

Officials having increasingly emphasized health as a means to help improve student outcomes at local schools.

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Officials discuss future school rezoning efforts

School officials are early in the process of determining new school attendance zones in Clayton County.

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Teachers, staff and parents prep for new school year

Custodians have been busily cleaning classrooms at M.D. Roberts Middle.

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Local students get collegiate accolades

School Notebook 8-1-15

A few Clayton County residents have received recognition through Georgia State University in Atlanta.

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BOE unanimously approves first consent agenda of FY16

The Clayton County Board of Education unanimously approved its July consent agenda Monday.

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Stone Mountain Park

Stone Mountain is reportedly the world’s largest freestanding piece of exposed granite.

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Clayton State film, digital media program information sessions set

Clayton State University’s Film and Digital Media Center has two upcoming information sessions leading up to its fall 2015 classes.

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Clayton County residents earn collegiate honors

School Notebook 7-18-15

Bria Collins of Jonesboro has been named to the spring 2015 semester Dean’s List at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.

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