Education

Floyd County Schools is continuing progress on facility projects such as demolishing Pepperell Middle School and completing a new gymnasium for Armuchee High School, taking the projects to the next step.

Phyllis Morrison presents to a group of Rome Middle School parents during the school’s open house.

The University System of Georgia recently released the USG’s total economic impact on the state of Georgia. Of the more than $17 billion reported by the USG as a whole, Georgia Highlands College’s contribution was nearly $180 million.

Whether keeping better tabs on sex offenders, having students wear ID badges or guarding against another cyber attack, Floyd County Schools is all about safety and security these days.

Following the Monday’s support from Rome city commissioners concerning the installation of school zone traffic cameras in front of Rome High School, city school board members held their own discussion on the topic during their meeting this week.

The Rome City Schools system is looking to offer more through its career technology and agricultural education pathways thanks to over $200,000 worth of grants from the state and federal government.

Starting this fall, Georgia Highlands College students can pursue an associate degree in recreation administration at GHC which can be completed in two years for less than $8,000 in tuition and fees.

Rome City School board members approved the first reading of their Fiscal Year 2020 strategic plan on Tuesday night which includes goals set by the board such as increasing diversity in programs, maintaining a safe environment for students and retaining staff.

Rome’s Jah’Lia Evans met with (from left) Rep. Eddie Lumsden, R-Armuchee, Gov. Brian Kemp and Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, R-Rome, on Tuesday at the Capitol. The rising Rome High junior topped the competition recently at the USA Track and Field Hershey National Junior Olympic Championships to win …

Georgia Northwestern Technical College has named Selena Magnusson of Chickamauga the new vice president of Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success and Lisa Shaw of Chatsworth the new vice president of adult education, according to a press release.

Rome City Schools will have their first board meeting of the new school year Tuesday where several new policies will be brought before the board for first reading.

Sixth- and seventh-graders filed into the gymnasium at the temporary Pepperell Middle School on Friday morning for an hour of games, dancing and prizes during the school’s positive behavior intervention and support kickoff.

School administrators were made aware of a potential threat at Pepperell High School on Thursday morning and Floyd County police used metal detectors and K-9 units to check the school for any threats.

Those with a Georgia Highlands College associate degree in business administration can now go on to complete a four-year degree through a partnership with The Citadel, a military college based in South Carolina.

“I hope they are just as excited as I am, they have such an opportunity,” Laney Stevenson said as she sat in the media center of the new Main Elementary School building. “This is awesome, simply awesome. We didn’t have this kind of facility.”

Bus loads of Floyd County Schools teachers, principals and staff arrived at Model High School Friday morning for the system’s annual Kickoff Classic — a day full of seminars and preparing for the upcoming school year.

Determination and persistence were key for two local GNTC students who not only pushed through during times of extreme difficulty to get their degrees but also won the gold and silver medals at SkillsUSA Georgia.

The Floyd County Schools Board of Education met for their third millage rate hearing Monday and later approved the lowered rate during the following board meeting at 8:30 a.m.

In the next two and a half weeks before the start of school, locations around Rome and Floyd County will be giving away free school supplies in preparation for the first day of classes.

Rome City Schools met at 11:30 a.m. for a called board meeting Monday where they discussed personnel and potential real estate acquisitions during a closed session which lasted around 45 minutes.

The Floyd County Board of Education will hold a third and final hearing concerning the millage rate early Monday morning before their regular July board meeting. Both the hearing and meeting are open to the public.

Starting this school year, Rome City Schools will equip teachers with a phone application which allows them to see a compiled list of their students records, place phone calls on a recorded line and translate texts into over 100 languages.

When classes start in three weeks Rome Middle School will have over 1,000 students walking its halls and to accommodate the growing number of students the system has had to find a way to create more space for the school.

Tuesday evening Rome City Schools will meet in the central office for their monthly board meeting where they will hear reports on the Young Scholars Program and student insurance.

Those in the West Rome area traveling around or near Elm Street (near West Rome Baptist Church) may have noticed a woman in a bright orange vest helping kids cross Shorter Avenue before and after school lets out on weekdays.