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Clayton residents complete schooling at Emory

School Notebook 7-18-14

Several Clayton County residents earned degrees this spring from Emory University.

Clayton County Public Schools “Meet and Greet” set Aug. 6

Clayton County Public Schools will host “meet and greet” sessions early next month throughout the district.

Clayton BOE approves “rollback” millage

School board members voted unanimously to approve a recalculated millage rate below the previous year’s 20-mill maximum.

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Officials: Jackson sworn in as superintendent

Luvenia W. Jackson was recently sworn-in as Superintendent of Clayton County Public Schools.

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Rex: community, family and history

Trains whistle through regularly along these tracks, flanked by slender trees bordering the historic village.

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Utopian Academy charter school to open Aug. 4

The classrooms, a couple dozen of them, are bare and primed for a fresh coat of paint on the walls and wax on the floors.

Parents encouraged to enroll new students early

Officials have announced dates and times for new student enrollment in Clayton County Public Schools.

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Permanency earns superientendent more in pay

Permanency at the schools chief position has earned Superintendent Luvenia Jackson a 12-percent base pay raise, according to contract documents from Clayton County Public Schools.

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Officials: Local reservoirs full

Lake passes available

Afternoon pop-up showers are recharging aquifers and waterways throughout the Piedmont.

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Clayton State’s senior class reaches back to future

School Notebook 7-5-14

Future classes at Clayton State University may have a better opportunity to succeed now because of small-but-significant contributions of those who came before them.

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Officials: Local reservoirs full

Lake passes available

Afternoon pop-up showers are recharging aquifers and waterways throughout the Piedmont.

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Tribunal rejects superintendent recommendation to fire teacher

A three-member panel has voted not to accept Clayton County Public Schools Superintendent Luvenia Jackson’s recommendation to terminate employment for Diedre Knight.

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Custodians hidden cogs in school machinery

Too often the hardest workers are denied their glory.

Vacancies in schools: Hundreds filled, still hundreds to fill

Officials have filled several vacancies since spring, but many more open positions remain in Clayton County Public Schools.

North Clayton student takes part in 2014 Leadership Unplugged

School Notebook 6-27-14

Ryan Smith of North Clayton High participated in the ninth annual Leadership Unplugged: A CNN Experience, a week-long 21st Century Leaders program hosted in partnership with CNN Worldwide and Turner Broadcasting System Inc.

BOE considers policy changes, new millage rate

The Clayton County Board of Education addressed a full slate of duties this week — approving budgets, completing school construction and reviewing policies.

BOE adopts tentative millage rate

The good news is homeowners will not have to pay more in property taxes for education.

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BOE approves superintendent contract

The Clayton County Board of Education approved a contract with Superintendent Luvenia Jackson, but not before members of the Clayton County Branch of the NAACP gathered in protest to her appointment.

BOE approves FY15 budget

A splintered Clayton County Board of Education has adopted its fiscal year 2015 budget, which includes pay raises and bonuses for school employees.

Tribunal rejects superintendent recommendation to fire teacher

A three-member panel has voted not to accept Clayton County Public Schools Superintendent Luvenia Jackson’s recommendation to terminate employment for Diedre Knight.

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Florida real estate investors rehab Lovejoy mobile home park

LOVEJOY — The dumpster bin is quickly filling up with trash, old carpeting and building materials — signs of rehabilitation for one dilapidated mobile home park in southern Clayton County.

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Clayton high schoolers get lessons in business

Several Clayton County students participated the regional Summer Entrepreneurship and Business Academy hosted by Clayton State University’s College of Business.

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Locals take part in statewide leadership institute

School Notebook 6-20-14

Clayton County residents Randle Ervwin, Sterling Laboo and Richard Nguyen participated in the statewide Summer Youth Leadership Institute, June 1-6.

Tribunal accepts suspension for teacher accused of excessive force against student

An employee hearing tribunal accepted a recommendation to suspend a Babb Middle teacher five days without pay for alleged unwarranted, excessive force against a student.

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Conflict overseas nudges gas prices higher

As summer approaches, many motorists face another vacation season of budgeting where volatile fuel costs prevail.

Tribunal agrees with recommendation to suspend Spanish teacher

A high school Spanish teacher accused of inappropriate conduct in the showing of an R-rated movie to minor students has vowed not to do it again without prior approval.

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Pugh named DFCS Employee of the Year

Paul Pugh said he was humbled this spring by recognition he received from his colleagues.

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Lovejoy pursues supplemental wellness program

Officials are considering adding wellness program benefits to city employees in Lovejoy.

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Rosenwald School tapped for refurbishing

Officials are looking for ways to refurbish an historic schoolhouse on Smith Street downtown.

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Clayton State announces Teacher Excellence Recognition Initiative, first honorees

School Notebook 6-13-14

Clayton State University and its teacher education department have announced the establishment of the Teacher Excellence Recognition Initiative.

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Hearing continues for teacher amid allegations of sexual behavior among kindergartners

Testimony continued this week in an employee tribunal hearing involving a woman accused of being negligent in her duties as a teacher.

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Green ready to take helm of education association

Willie T. Green has high hopes for the state of public education in Clayton County.

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Morrow High grad ships off for basic training

Morrow High grad ships off for basic training

Staff Sgt. Oneka Lyles said she was impressed by Kiyanna Robinson the day the two met.

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Badila goes to Washington

Budding scientist earns national recognition

Nicolas Badila recalls making the trip a few years ago on family vacation to see the monuments, memorials and museums in Washington, D.C.

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Local education association supports Jackson as superintendent

Clayton County Education Association leaders gave their support of Superintendent Luvenia Jackson on Monday, before the school board voted 5-4 to make her the district’s permanent schools chief.

Spivey Hall introduces World Music Festival to summer education

School Notebook 6-6-14

Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall has announced details of its 2014 summer education programming.

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Cursive writing re-emphasized in digital age

Smartphones, selfies and cursive writing

A curious four-year-old Joseph Kehoe is viewing his photograph on a digital camera display.

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Forest Park High teacher appeals suspension over rated-R movie showing

A Forest Park High teacher is appealing a three-day suspension for showing an R-rated movie without prior approval to his Spanish I class.

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Cursive writing re-emphasized in digital age

Smartphones, selfies and cursive writing

A curious 4-year-old Joseph Kehoe is viewing his photograph on a digital camera display.

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Jackson named permanent superintendent

Clayton BOE returns to “the 5-4 split”

Luvenia Jackson has been appointed the new superintendent of Clayton County Public Schools.

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Officials: Job fair turns out a few hundred teacher candidates

Thinh Nguyen shuffled through the papers resting in his lap as he waited his turn to interview for a teaching position.

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Clayton County’s Dr. Sid Chapman to preside over statewide organization

Dr. Sid Chapman sat quietly in his office Thursday afternoon preparing for his last end-of-the-year banquet as president of the Clayton County Education Association.

Clayton to host ‘Proportionate Share Process’ event

Officials are inviting private school and homeschool representatives to a proportionate share process seminar Thursday.

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Jonesboro teacher to take part in national education program

Mount Zion Elementary media specialist Miriam Fears has been selected from a nationwide pool of more than 400 applicants to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute.

Learning center to host ‘Summer Transition’ program

School Notebook 05-30-14

Little Ones Learning Center has a free transition program sponsored by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning’s Bright from the Start.

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HOPE Park organizers plan fall charity mud run

Organizers counted 140 runners who braved the muddy obstacle course to help raise money to build out the multi-faceted park, sitting on the Henry-Clayton county line.

Class-size reductions on tap for K-5 EIP classes

The Clayton County Board of Education will vote on whether to reduce class-sizes for many of its K-5 students.

Board considers five-year facilities plan

Officials are expected to set a five-year facilities plan for Clayton County Public Schools.

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Clayton schools host graduation ceremonies at the Dome

Mount Zion High’s Class of 2014 first to reach milestone

The cheers rang out from stands at the Georgia Dome as would-be graduates took turns walking across the long stage.

Title I stakeholder planning meetings set

Residents are invited to take part in a series of stakeholder planning meetings hosted by Clayton County Public Schools Office of Federal Programs.