Category Archives: Education

COVID on campus: 1,227 combined quarantines at Rome, Floyd schools with 14 new positive cases at last report. Cartersville: 24 positives, 204 quarantines for the week. Gordon: 43 students, staff test positive.

COVID on campus: 1,227 combined quarantines at Rome, Floyd schools with 14 new positive cases at last report. Cartersville: 24 positives, 204 quarantines for the week. Gordon: 43 students, staff test positive.

We’re awaiting Friday updates from Floyd and Rome schools to finish the weekly look at quarantines and new cases at area schools. As of Thursday, 1,227 quarantines had been posted with Rome at 615 and Floyd at 612.Together, they had 14 new cases on Thursday. Friday COVID updates: Expanded details below as needed. Rome City… Read more

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Education: Gabriel Barreneche named Berry’s new dean for the Evans School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

Education: Gabriel Barreneche named Berry’s new dean for the Evans School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

  Berry College has named a new dean for the Evans School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Gabriel Barreneche, Associate Dean for Advising and Professor of Spanish at Rollins College, was chosen after a national search and will begin at Berry July 1. “I look forward to supporting the Evans faculty in their efforts to… Read more

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Education: Georgia Highlands College has announced students named to the fall 2020 President’s List and Dean’s List.

Education: Georgia Highlands College has announced students named to the fall 2020 President’s List and Dean’s List.

  Georgia Highlands College has announced students named to the fall 2020 President’s List and Dean’s List. To achieve President’s List status, students must earn a 4.0 grade point average and attain a minimum of nine semester hours of credit. To make Dean’s List students, must complete a minimum of nine semester hours and achieve… Read more

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Education: Floyd Schools employees to get extended sick leave if illness is COVID-related through May.

Education: Floyd Schools employees to get extended sick leave if illness is COVID-related through May.

  In context: During Monday morning’s called meeting, the Floyd County Board of Education approved extended emergency paid sick leave for ‘COVID-qualifying reasons” for the rest of the school year.  School Board statement: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which provided Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family Medical Leave for employees, expired on Dec.… Read more

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Education: Armuchee High wins Floyd County Schools Academic Decathlon competition; Zayden Sullins of Coosa High was the highest-scoring student with 3,871 total points.

Education: Armuchee High wins Floyd County Schools Academic Decathlon competition; Zayden Sullins of Coosa High was the highest-scoring student with 3,871 total points.

Media release: The Armuchee High Academic Decathlon team was crowned champions in the Floyd County Schools Academic Decathlon competition held virtually on Thursday, January 7, 2021. Zayden Sullins of Coosa High was the highest-scoring individual participant this year with 3,871 total points. The theme for questions in this year’s competition was “The Cold War.” As… Read more

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Education: Dr. Katie Thomas named superintendent of Polk County Schools effective June 1.

Education: Dr. Katie Thomas named superintendent of Polk County Schools effective June 1.

Dr. Katie Thomas will replace retiring superintendent Laurie Atkins at the end of the 2020-21 school year. Thomas was selected from a field of two finalists, the other being Dr. Travis Thomas, the Director of High Schools and Assessment with the Carroll County School System Her resume: (click here for an expanded report) WORK EXPERIENCE July 2018 –… Read more

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Education: Darlington alumnus Billy Morris, CEO of Morris Communications, among 10 honored as part of the ninth annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities.

Education: Darlington alumnus Billy Morris, CEO of Morris Communications, among 10 honored as part of the ninth annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities.

Darlington alumnus Billy Morris (‘52), CEO of Morris Communications in Augusta is one of 10 individuals and organizations in Georgia to receive one of the ninth annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities, presented by Gov. Brian Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp in partnership with the Georgia Council for the Arts and Georgia… Read more

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Cave Spring Elementary, Glenwood Primary closing in summer of ’22 following Floyd County Board of Education vote Monday evening. Watch the video from the meeting.

Cave Spring Elementary, Glenwood Primary closing in summer of ’22 following Floyd County Board of Education vote Monday evening. Watch the video from the meeting.

Floyd County’s Board of Education has voted to close both Cave Spring Elementary and Glenwood Primary schools following the conclusion of the 2021-22 academic year. The above video features some discussion by the board members prior to the votes. Monday’s board meeting follows a work session earlier in the day that reviewed some options for… Read more

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COVID on campus: Updates from Floyd, Gordon, Polk school systems on returning to class this week.

COVID on campus: Updates from Floyd, Gordon, Polk school systems on returning to class this week.

Students and teachers will return to school this week after Christmas break. Most school systems resume classes on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Gordon County Schools will start back on Wednesday. In his weekly report on Dec. 31, Dr. Gary Voccio with Northwest Georgia Public Health addressed schools reopening amongst increasing numbers of COVID-19. He said he… Read more

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Education: Winn family establish an endowed scholarship in memory of Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Dan Peace Winn.

Education: Winn family establish an endowed scholarship in memory of Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Dan Peace Winn.

  Media release: In honor of late Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Dan Peace Winn, Darice Winn Lewis and siblings, Frank, Nick and Nila Winn established an endowment scholarship through the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation as well as a food pantry on the Polk County Campus in Rockmart.   “Our dad had a passion for… Read more

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10 graduate from Georgia Northwestern’s Basic Law Enforcement Training classes.

10 graduate from Georgia Northwestern’s Basic Law Enforcement Training classes.

Media release: Ten Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) students recently graduated from Basic Law Enforcement Training Classes #202001, #202002 and #202003. Seven graduates are employed law enforcement agencies in Northwest Georgia. Basic Law Enforcement Training Class #202001 Graduates: Brandon Hudson Sarah Kirkpatrick Greyson Renz Basic Law Enforcement Training Class #202002 Graduates: Franklin Aspenwall Justin Claxton… Read more

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Education: Model Middle sixth-grader Will Hosford again takes the Floyd County Schools’ District Spelling Bee crown.

Education: Model Middle sixth-grader Will Hosford again takes the Floyd County Schools’ District Spelling Bee crown.

Media release: Model Middle School sixth-grader Will Hosford correctly spelled “inexorably” and then “Ganges” to win the Floyd County Schools’ District Spelling Bee Tuesday morning at Coosa High School’s Performing Arts Center. Will was also the winner of last year’s district bee. Eleven Floyd County students put their spelling skills to the test in the… Read more

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Buzz: Playtime With Santa a drive-through party Saturday. GNTC Foundation awards $11,900 to 31 students. Honors for Rome’s school board. DOT adding ‘rumble strips’ on area roads. You’re getting a new roof.

Buzz: Playtime With Santa a drive-through party Saturday. GNTC Foundation awards $11,900 to 31 students. Honors for Rome’s school board. DOT adding ‘rumble strips’ on area roads. You’re getting a new roof.

  Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation’s drive-through Playtime With Santa event is Saturday, Dec. 12, at Ridge Ferry Park from 2 to 4 p.m. The event will be on rain or shine. Santa will be on hand to wave to everyone as will his elves and several mascots, including RFPRA’s own Parky and Rex. The first… Read more

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Education: Around 80 graduate Georgia Northwestern in drive-through ceremony.

Education: Around 80 graduate Georgia Northwestern in drive-through ceremony.

Media release: About 80 Georgia Northwestern Technical College graduates lined up in their cars outside the Whitfield Murray Campus  in Dalton on Thursday, December 3, to participate in the second Drive-Thru Commencement Ceremony of 2020. Students from all six GNTC campuses were invited to attend the ceremony. GNTC’s Campus Police led the procession of vehicles that… Read more

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Updates: Floyd School Board meets Monday. Public hearings Tuesday on Cave Spring Elementary closing, Dec. 10 on Glenwood Primary closing. Earlier: As Dec. 8 community hearing on closing Cave Spring moves to a larger venue for distancing purposes, school supporters mobilizing.

Updates: Floyd School Board meets Monday. Public hearings Tuesday on Cave Spring Elementary closing, Dec. 10 on Glenwood Primary closing. Earlier: As Dec. 8 community hearing on closing Cave Spring moves to a larger venue for distancing purposes, school supporters mobilizing.

Busy week ahead for Floyd County Schools, including regular December meeting and two public hearings. What to know: Monday, Dec. 7: Board work session at 3 p.m. Regular monthly board meeting with a caucus at 5 p.m. and board meeting at 6 p.m. We’ll post agenda and broadcast links soon. Tuesday, Dec. 8: Cave Spring… Read more

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