Catoosa County school system bus drivers and transportation workers applauded the school board’s vote at the March 4 meeting to purchase about four acres and a 30,000-square-foot building on Cassidy Lane in Ringgold to relocate the school system’s transportation department. The school board approved the purchase as a part of the ESPLOST IV referendum approved by voter in March 2011. Transportation department work-ers are pictured here with the school board. (Catoosa News photo/Natasha Colbaugh)
Georgia Northwestern Technical College recently took a giant stride towards making its Catoosa County campus plans a reality, when it finalized the purchase of a 38-acre piece of land along Ga. 151 (Alabama Highway) in Ringgold.
An auditor's report released in September 2013 found illegal banking activity at Ringgold High School. The school district abolished the program in June 2012, ordering related banking activities to cease and closing the programs account with a $4,000 deficit.
The Youth Success Academy (YSA) on the Floyd County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) is helping out-of-school youth get their GED, start college with many expenses covered, and begin their path to a successful career.
"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book to read to a child.”
Heritage High School senior Justin Smith will be performing the Haydn Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra with the Chattanooga Youth Symphony, March 3. The concert will be at Brainerd Baptist Church at 7:30 p.m. and will be conducted by Gary Wilkes.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Even the scoreboards in high school gyms eventually will have to promote good health.
Moving beyond the lunch line, new rules that will be proposed Tuesday by the White House and the Agriculture Department would limit marketing of unhealthy foods in schools. They would phase out the advertising of sugary drinks and junk foods around campuses during the school day and ensure that other promotions in schools were in line with health standards that already apply to school foods.
That means a scoreboard at a high school football or basketball game eventually wouldn't be allowed to advertise Coca-Cola, for example, but it could advertise Diet Coke or Dasani water, which is also owned by Coca-Cola Co. Same with the front of a vending machine. Cups, posters and menu boards which promote foods that don't meet the standards would also be phased out.
Ninety percent of such marketing in schools is related to beverages, and many soda companies already have started to transition their sales and advertising in schools from sugary sodas and sports drinks to their own healthier products.
The proposed rules are part of first lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move initiative to combat child obesity, which is celebrating its fourth anniversary this week. Mrs. Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will announce the new rules at a White House event.
"When parents are working hard at home, they need to rest assured that those efforts aren't being undone when kids are out of their control at school," Sam Kass, White House senior nutrition policy adviser, said ahead of the announcement.
The rules also would allow more children access to free lunches and ensure that schools have wellness policies in place.
The proposed rules come on the heels of USDA regulations that are now requiring foods in the school lunch line to be healthier.
Rules set to go into effect next school year will make other foods around school healthier as well, including in vending machines and separate "a la carte" lines in the lunch room. Calorie, fat, sugar and sodium limits will have to be met on almost every food and beverage sold during the school day at 100,000 schools. Concessions sold at afterschool sports games would be exempt.
The healthier food rules have come under fire from conservatives who think the government shouldn't dictate what kids eat — and from some students who don't like the healthier foods.
Aware of the backlash, the USDA is allowing schools to make some of their own decisions on what constitutes marketing and asking for comments on some options. For example, the proposal asks for comments on initiatives like Pizza Hut's "Book It" program, which coordinates with schools to reward kids with pizza for reading.
Rules for other school fundraisers, like bake sales and marketing for those events, would be left up to schools or states.
Off-campus fundraisers, like an event at a local fast-food outlet that benefits a school, still would be permitted. But posters advertising the fast food may not be allowed in school hallways. An email to parents — with or without the advertising — would have to suffice. The idea is to market to the parents, not the kids.
The rule also makes allowances for major infrastructure costs — that scoreboard advertising Coca-Cola, for example, wouldn't have to be immediately torn down. But the school would have to get one with a healthier message the next time it was replaced.
The beverage industry — led by Coca-Cola Co., Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and PepsiCo — is on board with the move. American Beverage Association President and CEO Susan Neely said in a statement that aligning signage with the healthier drinks that will be offered in schools is the "logical next step."
"Mrs. Obama's efforts to continue to strengthen school wellness make sense for the well-being of our schoolchildren," Neely said.
Although Mrs. Obama lobbied Congress to pass the school nutrition bill in 2010, most of her efforts in recent years have been focused on the private sector, building partnerships with food companies and retailers to sell healthier foods.
The child nutrition law also expanded feeding programs for hungry students. The rules being proposed Tuesday would increase that even further by allowing the highest-poverty schools to serve lunch and breakfast to all students for free. According to the USDA and the White House, that initiative would allow 9 million children in 22,000 schools to receive free lunches.
The USDA has already tested the program, which is designed to increase participation for students and reduce paperwork and applications for schools, in 11 states.
In addition, the Obama administration will announce new guidelines for school wellness policies. Schools have been required to have general wellness policies that set their own general standards for foods, physical activity and other wellness activities since 2004. But the new rules would require parents and others in the school community to be involved in those decisions.
United Way in Walker, Catoosa and Dade counties is celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday by encouraging kids to get excited about reading. It's all part of “Read Across Chattanooga,” a local celebration of “Read Across America” week, March 4-8.
Rossville Middle School is trying a new strategy regarding the grades students receive and how much homework they take home each day.
Walker County school officials have finalized a plan to make up for days missed due to snow.
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's state school board is considering how to ease the burden on school districts to make up days lost because of abnormally bad weather.
Districts statewide have been forced to cancel classes numerous times this school year because of ice and snow.
Under a plan that will be considered by the Georgia's State Board of Education on Thursday, districts would not be required to make up nine days lost to weather. Georgia schools are normally required to be open to students at least 180 days a year, although some districts receive special waivers to have a shorter school year.
Education board chairwoman Helen Rice tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution students will still be required to take all standardized tests, despite spending less time in the classroom.
Catoosa County schools will not make up snow days with spring or summer break. Instead the school system is adding 20 minutes to each day through the end of the school year. The increase will begin Monday, Feb. 24.
The Blood Assurance Foundation is now accepting applications for the Crystal Green Memorial scholarship program. High school seniors enrolled in schools that host Blood Assurance blood drives through the Project Lifeline program will be eligible to apply.
The education committee of the Marsh House community task force and the Living and Learning Museum of Walker County announced a scholarship opportunity is now available for high school students.
Schools in both Catoosa and Walker counties will be closed tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. Some schools are still without power. Due to melting snow, power may be interrupted and forecasts indicate the possibility of black ice on main streets and side roads in the morning.
With repeated wintry blasts in 2014, Walker County students have missed eight days of class.
Chickamauga schools will be closed Thursday, Feb. 13, due to expected inclement conditions.
Walker County schools will be closed on Thursday, Feb. 13, due to current conditions and the overnight forecast.
Although severe winter weather has led to several “snow day” school cancellations, the Catoosa County public school board announced they will not rob any “spring break” days or alter the length of the school year calendar, as of this time.
Bringing general education opportunities to inmates at the Catoosa County jail has been a goal of Catoosa Citizens for Literacy for the past 13 years.
Due to dangerous winter weather conditions, the Catoosa County school board announced there will be NO school in Catoosa County Wednesday, February 12.