Education

The Rome City Schools system is on schedule to roll out their new buses on Jan. 7, and it’s been a long road to get to this point.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Precision Machining and Manufacturing program on the Floyd County Campus and Whitfield Murray Campus was presented with a cumulative gift of $22,000 from the Gene Haas Foundation to be used for student scholarships.

East Central recently raised over $13,000 for improvements to the school playground through their Get Fit East Central fundraising event. Every year, the school PTO organizes this event in hopes of combining the message of developing a healthy mind, body and attitude with their primary fundr…

Floyd County Schools will dismiss early on Wednesday for staff development and Rome City Schools students will have Friday off for a flexible learning day and parent teacher conferences.

Lorie Summers, director of the puppetry program for the Mental Health America of Georgia, traveled to West Central Elementary on Thursday with a few of her Kids on the Block puppet friends to help send a strong message to students — stay drug free. The school presented the show — an educatio…

Four Rome Middle School students — Skyler Gonzalez, Abbey Carpenter, Nidaa Samha and Ashanti Bowers — are honored by the Rome Rotary Club as Terrific Students for the Month of October.

Since cutting off the free lunch program last November the Floyd County School system has seen a drop in lunch participation rates and a rise in unpaid lunch bills — which is now cumulatively over $26,500.

With cheers and a shower of confetti, Floyd County Schools announced Greg Smith of the Floyd County College and Career Academy as system teacher of the year Monday night.

Floyd County Schools will meet Monday night for a 5 p.m. caucus and 6 p.m. board meeting where members will award the system teachers of the year, discuss auctioning off the old Johnson Elementary property and discuss the system’s stance on vaping.

The newest board member of the Communities in Schools of Rome-Floyd County Inc. knows her way around the local school systems from being a graduate of Rome High School and Phoenix Learning Center participant.

Second grade students at West End Elementary School have been busy learning all about Native American culture and customs, especially the stories about Major Ridge, the Chieftains Museum, the nearby Etowah Indian Mounds and the Trail of Tears — all historically significant to Native Americans.

The Sound of the Seven Hills traveled to their first marching competition of the year, The Contest of Champions at Jacksonville State University this past Saturday. Of the awards the band won, Rome High School's Band received all superior ratings, drum majors won second in class, percussion …

Groundbreaking for the brand new Pepperell Middle School is scheduled for Monday at noon and will mark the official start to the $21.5 million building, which will go on the same site on Hughes Dairy Road.

“Every child can benefit from this,” Kirsten Thornante, Rome City School social worker said. “It’s about building relationships.”

After listening to both Rome police and a representative from RedSpeed USA, Rome City Schools decided to hold off on voting to approve the installation of speed cameras in front of Rome High School until they can discuss it further.

Georgia Highlands College’s Campus Police department is streamlining its efforts to respond to safety needs and requests with a centralized dispatch center. The new number for all GHC campus safety needs is 706-295-6347.

“We are fighters. He is a fighter and he is love, he is determination and he is everything we strive to be,” said Kelly McDowell of her son before he walked with assistance to a microphone and sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Both county and city schools can boast beating state and national average SAT scores after the Georgia Department of Education released the scores by district and school on Tuesday.