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Former Bibb BOE Police Chief Candidate Fired in Ark.

A former candidate for Bibb County campus police chief was fired from the Pine Bluff (Ark.) Police Department after a new mayor took office, 13WMAZ's sister station KTHV reports.

Brenda Davis-Jones was once the head of the Fort Valley State University Police, and this summer was considered for the Bibb County Schools campus police chief position.

However, last August, 13WMAZ reported that Bibb County school Supt. Romain Dallemand emailed school board members during the hiring process to say that he no longer wanted to hire Davis-Jones as "a result of issues that have surfaced over the past week."

Peach Sheriff Investigates Alleged School Threat

Peach County's sheriff says his deputies have spent much of the week investigating reports of a school-shooting threat.

He said they've come to the conclusion it was unfounded.

"We started calls about it Sunday night," said Sheriff Terry Deese. "We've been chasing rumors all week."

He said it started with a group of youths discussing the so-called Mayan Apocalypse allegedly due Friday, Dec. 21.

"Somebody said, 'You won't have to worry about that, somebody's coming to shoot up the school Thursday."

He said the matter was reported by parents, who said their children heard the story from other children. After interviewing multiple people, Deese said, investigators could find no actual threat.

Extra deputies stood by at Peach County High School Thursday, but there were no incidents, he said.

Telegraph's Publisher Leaving to Head United Way

Telegraph publisher George McCanless is leaving the newspaper next month to head to the United Way of Central Georgia.

That's according to a news release from the United Way.

McCanless will become president and CEO of the local United Way. The agency serves local charities in Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Hancock, Houston, Jasper, Jones, Macon, Monroe, Peach, Putnam, Twiggs, Washington and Wilkinson counties.

He replaces Ron Watson, who retires at the end of 2012 after 28 years as president and CEO.

McCanless has been the Telegraph's publisher since 2008. The newspaper credits him with guiding the partnership with Mercer University that created the new Center for Collaborative Journalism.

The United Way's statement:

FVSU's Full Accreditation Affirmed

FVSU's Full Accreditation Affirmed

In a message released to Fort Valley State University faculty and staff, President Larry E. Rivers has announced that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) has voted to affirm the university’s full accreditation.
 
Rivers stated, “This means that our accreditation now is without qualification of any kind.”
 
The SACS action came at its annual December meeting held in Dallas, Texas, on Monday and Tuesday, December 10 and 11, 2012.  At the same meeting one year earlier, the organization had placed FVSU on a “warning” status.  That action had been aimed at encouraging rapid resolution of specified audit concerns, including issues related to faculty credentialing, financial aid, and specified fiscal procedures.
 

Grant to Bring More Nutritious Food to Peach County Schools

Grant to Bring More Nutritious Food to Peach County Schools

A newly-awarded grant is expected to help local produce land in the Peach County lunch program.

According to a news release, the United States Department of Agriculture awarded a $99,992 grant to Community Health Works to serve Peach County.

CHW's Farm to School Childhood Obesity program will offer Peach County Schools more locally-grown, nutritious food items to students K-12.

CHW projects that the Peach County Farm to School Program will reach about 4,000 students in an area that serves 73 percent of meals free or at a reduced rate.

Crawford Co. School Named Among High Progress Title I Schools

Crawford Co. School Named Among High Progress Title I Schools

Fourteen Central Georgia schools have been named among the Highest Performing and High Progress Title I schools in the state.

Schools on the list have the "biggest academic gains by students in the last three years." Schools with large achievement gaps were not included, according to a Georgia Department of Education news release.

"Highest Performing" means that the the school is among the top five percent of Title I schools in in the State in student tests over a three-year period.

"High Progress" means that the school is among the top 10 percent of Title I schools in Georgia in improving student assessments over a three-year period.

The following Central Georgia Schools made the  "Highest Performing" list:

Bibb County:
--Alexander II Magnet School

Flint Wins Educational Patron Award

Flint Wins Educational Patron Award

 

HOUSTON COUNTY, GA – Flint Energies has won the Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals (GAESP) 2012 Educational Patron Award for District 11.  As a district winner, Flint Energies is a finalist for the Georgia Distinguished Educational Patron Award.  Flint was nominated by Eagle Springs Elementary School Principal Dr. Andrea McGee.  The award will be presented at the GAESP Fall Principals Conference on Nov. 3, 2012, at St. Simons Island.  The state winner will also be announced for the first time.   

GAESP consists of 16 districts.  Each district may select an outstanding educational supporter for this award.  An excerpt from the nomination packet for Flint follows.