WINDER - Catherine Ivy Taylor, 78, passed away Thursday, November 26, 2015. Born in Duluth, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Ethel Garmon Staton. Mrs. Taylor was preceded in death by a son, Donnie “Buffalo” Taylor; granddaughter, Alecia McKeehan; and longtime friend, Bobby Plunkett. She had resided in Barrow County for the past 25 ...
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Raising Seagraves Lake to full pool could be a $500,000 proposition for the county industrial authority. And the group can’t afford to take such a measure, says industrial authority executive director Marvin White.
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Georgia legislators eliminated passage of graduation tests as a requirement for getting a high school diploma this year. That means students who didn’t walk across the stage in years past due to the grad tests can now officially graduate.
Thanks to the rule change, seventy-two former Madison County High School students who failed the old high school graduation tests now have their diplomas. But local school leaders want to get the word out to others who may also qualify.
“Our big concern is that there are still people out there who don’t know about this who qualify,” said Madison County school superintendent Allen McCannon. “There might be people out their working in an industry and don’t realize they can get a high school diploma and it could perhaps help in getting a promotion or whatever. Or they could go on to a junior college or something like that.”
The superintendent said he was glad legislators passed House Bill 91 that opened the door for more graduates, noting that grad tests aren’t generally required in the U.S. to get a high school degree.
“This is a good thing,” said McCannon. “What a lot of people don’t know is that Georgia was one of the few states that required this — to pass five graduation tests. So Georgia had some of the higher standards. Some say that Georgia is lowering its standards. But I’d argue that Georgia is just getting in line with what an overwhelming majority of the people in the country are doing. And that’s one reason Georgia’s graduation rate was a little lower than others. We had stricter, harder requirements to obtain a diploma.”
Anyone who failed the grad tests and didn’t receive a diploma from Madison County High School because of this can contact Shannon Felt at MCHS firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a “petition form” for a diploma, or forms can be accessed on the Madison County School System website —www.madison.k12.ga.us/ — or by visiting the high school guidance office in person.
Madison County’s graduation rate has increased dramatically in recent years, from 54.8 in 2005 to 89.1 percent in 2015, the highest rate in school history.
Nothing is official yet, but Madison County appears headed for Class 5A in the new Georgia high school classification system.
Madison County is currently in Class 4A, but the state is shifting from six to seven classifications next year. The Georgia High School Association released preliminary classifications this past week and Madison County was placed in Class 5A as one of the smaller schools in the class with an enrollment of 1,345.
“We were hoping we’d be in 4A,” said Madison County School Superintendent Allen McCannon. “From a geographic position we have a lot of natural rivals there.”
McCannon said nothing is official yet. He said he hopes regions will be made smaller under the new system so Madison County could play more area teams in non-region games.
“If the regions are smaller, we have the flexibility to play more local teams who are more naturally our rivals, less travel time for our fans and kids,” said McCannon. “Everyone enjoys that more. From an economic standpoint, make more revenue and your travel time is less and costs less.”
Every year at Thanksgiving, I try to take the time to mentally review the year and at least take a moment to take stock of all there is to be thankful for, even if it’s been a tough year.
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Madison County’s guys’ team enters the Thanksgiving break without a blemish on its record. But coach Tim Drake says his 3-0 Raiders have been far from perfect. “A lot of people want to hear the positive spin, but as a coach, I’m happy with 3-0, but we’ve got to do better finishing games,” said Drake. “We’ve got to quit turning ...
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So the county school board approved the implementation of a bus driver referral incentive Tuesday in an attempt to offset their current driver shortage.
Current school system employees who refer a bus driver that completes training and drives for the school system for 12 months will earn a $250 referral incentive bonus and the new driver will earn a one-time bonus of $500.
Potential drivers can apply by visiting the system’s website at www.madison.k12.ga.us and indicating on the application that they were referred. The referral program is open to staff currently employed by the school district, although administrators and human resources personnel are not eligible for the referral program.
Assistant superintendent Bonnie Knight said the bus driver situation has improved over the last month and that they are currently down two bus drivers for regular routes. These routes are being filled by substitute drivers.
Knight also said the new cheerleading/wrestling facility is going up and the completion date is set for the end of December. She said staff hopes to move into the building over the Christmas holidays.
The board also voted Tuesday night to allow the city of Danielsville to annex the high school sports complex into the city limits. By becoming part of the city, the sports complex, comprised of 29.52 acres, will be eligible for lower in-city water rates and city police protection. The high school campus itself is already located inside the city limits.
Officers were summoned to a dispute at a home on Jot-Em-Down Road last week. They found the front door open and no one around. After announcing they were from the sheriff’s office, they went inside and noted several things broken in the kitchen area.
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