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State school superintendent candidates debate critical issues

Standards, testing and charter schools topped a long list of critical issues for the two candidates vying for the top education office in Georgia.

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Magnet school construction complete

Passers-by see the completed facade of Clayton County’s newest high school.

BOE reviews recommended policy changes

The Clayton County school board has had first reads on the series pertaining to school board operations, fiscal management and business management.

Lovejoy High to be designated ‘No Place For Hate’

Lovejoy High plan to celebrate designation as a No Place for Hate School — the first in Clayton County Public Schools, said officials.

Lovejoy FallFest set Sept. 13

Area families are invited to join the festivities Sept. 13 in downtown Lovejoy.

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Camp Horizon supports grieving youth

School Notebook 8-15-14

STOCKBRIDGE — Camp Horizon is a free one-day camp that serves youngsters who have experienced the loss of a loved one.

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Clayton State fall semester begins Aug. 18

Student, alum job fair Aug. 19

Some 7,000 students will converge on the Clayton State University campus beginning Aug. 18.

Two Clayton schools make state’s ‘alert’ list

Two local schools have been added to a list of poor-performing schools around the state.

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Utopian Academy has first full day of classes | VIDEO

State charter school gets temporary Certificate of Inspection

Faithful students returned to the state charter school Thursday morning for their first full day of class.

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Riverdale officials said Utopian Academy building inspections are needed

Charter school students, parents turned away again

Utopian Academy for the Arts charter school evacuated Monday for ‘safety’ reasons, said Riverdale Fire Marshal Demetries Wells.

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Utopian Academy expected to start class Monday

Officials at Utopian Academy for the Arts are informing parents that there will be classes at the charter school Monday.

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North Clayton Middle receives school supply donations

Trane gives flash drivers, pencils, paper to eighth-grade classes

Trane representatives arrived mid-morning to the school with a van full of school supplies.

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Classes to resume Monday at Utopian Academy

RIVERDALE — Officials at Utopian Academy for the Arts are informing parents that there will be classes at the charter school Monday.

Retired educators group to meet Aug. 19

School Notebook 8-8-14

Clayton County Retired Educators will hold its first meeting of the school year Aug. 19.

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Clayton County officials renew focus on student transportation safety | PHOTOS

Hundreds of Clayton County bus drivers and monitors from around the region prepared for the new year sitting in on a lecture about students transportation safety Tuesday at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center.

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Clayton County students get fresh start for 2014-15 school year | VIDEO | PHOTOS

Parents stood along the back wall of their kids’ classrooms on the kindergarten hall Thurgood Marshall Elementary.

Clayton County school board split on administration policy matter

Jessie Goree also calls for ‘compassionate’ student tribunal panelists

The Clayton County Board of Education approved this year’s student tribunal panel and changes to board policy in a pair of split votes Monday.

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District, families prepare for new school year

More than 2,000 were estimated to have attended the Clayton PROUD Back to School event Saturday at Drew High.

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Utopian Academy seeks resolution to leasing controversy

RIVERDALE — Officials believe they may have a way to help the long sought-after Utopian Academy for the Arts, whose opening has been stalled by contention and confusion.

Mayor Cartwright optimistic about SPLOST distribution question

Bobby Cartwright is in talks with other city officials to garner support in pursuing an audit of Clayton County’s SPLOST distributions.

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Clayton PROUD back-to-school event Saturday

School Notebook 8-1-14

Clayton PROUD Back-to-School celebration starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at Drew High.

BOE approves Policy Series I changes

The Clayton County Board of Education approved its only action item on the July meeting agenda Monday.

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Back-to-school activity teems in Clayton

The school year will start anew Aug. 7, when thousands return to acquaint themselves with new peers — teachers, students and parents.

Mayor, council pursue audit over SPLOST funding

Lovejoy council approved resolution this week authorizing Mayor Bobby Cartwright to negotiate with other municipalities to determine whether to collectively pursue an independent audit of Clayton County’s SPLOST funds.

Lovejoy considers citizen IDs

Officials are considering creating city-based IDs in Lovejoy.

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The public library, a far-reaching community resource

The summer reading program is winding down at public libraries as a new school year nears.

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Spivey Hall announces 2014-15 education programs

School Notebook 7-25-14

Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall has released details of its 2014-15 Education Programs.

Council approves millage rates to keep taxes down in Lovejoy

Taxes will not go up inside the city limits of Lovejoy, said officials this week.

State officials initiate rule on school nutrition

Officials: regulations could stifle school fundraisers

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge and the State Board of Education have started the rule-making process to amend

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Aire Flamenco featured in Spivey Hall World Music Festival finale

Spivey Hall’s first Summer World Music Festival continues next week at Clayton State University.

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New Jonesboro dialysis clinic to open

The prevalence of kidney disease prompted medical officials with Fresenius Medical Care to add a dialysis clinic to its offerings in the Southern Crescent.

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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.