Comments sought on proposed re-purposing of Benton Elementary
Jackson County School District facilities on the east side of the county have empty classrooms while the westside student population growth is pushing Jackson County Comprehensive High School as well as West Jackson Middle close to capacity.
That is in spite of the fact that nearly 70 percent of the county’s geographic area is zoned for eastside school attendance.
Facilities planning is facing the Jackson County Board of Education as strategic planning efforts are also under way. With so many considerations ahead including the possible re-purposing of Benton Elementary School, the school board agreed Monday to go back to the community for input, specifically from the Benton Elementary School community.
Meetings have been set for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, and 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, and while it was previously announced that both sessions would convene at East Jackson County Comprehensive High School, the Jan. 29 meeting will be held at Benton Elementary School and the Feb. 5 session will be held at the Jackson County Board of Education office due to scheduling conflicts at East Jackson High.
At both meetings, interested parties will be invited to address the school board to share thoughts and each person is being asked to limit their comments to three minutes or less.
On the system website, individuals are also invited to provide feedback through an on-line survey found at www.surveymonkey.com/s/5GG3ZWP
The Jackson County Adult Education Center, located in the Jackson County Campus of Lanier Technical College at 631 S. Elm St., in Commerce, is conducting new student registration and orientation at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21, for its free GED preparation classes.
New students will need to provide a current state issued ID with photo upon enrolling. All students are required to attend class a minimum of six hours per week.
Prospective 16- and 17-year-old persons desiring to enroll as an underage student will be required to furnish a withdrawal form from the last attended high school at registration. A parent or guardian is required to attend the first part of the registration session with the enrolling student. Underage home school students will need a parent or guardian to attend the session as well and complete a home school affidavit which will be provided by the center.
To sign up for the free GED preparation classes or inquire about classes, contact Gwenn Evans by phone at 706-335-9549 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mill Creek High School Theatre’s Advanced Theatre Workshop presents Little Women, a play written by Matt Buchanan based on the cherished novel by Louisa May Alcott, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan.16, and Saturday, Jan. 17, in the theater at Mill Creek High School. Advance purchase tickets at $5 are available online at www.millcreektheatre.org. Tickets will be available at the door for $7.
The Gwinnett County Police Department is investigating a series of reports, filed by students, stating they have received fake diplomas from their school. The school used the name New Life Technical Academy and was operated by a married couple, 43-year-old Stanley Jean and 35-year-old Yessica Jean.
The investigation revealed there is a real, accredited school by the name New Life Technical Academy in Hapeville but the school operated by Stanley and Yessica Jean is not accredited; they are not affiliated and used the school name without permission. Yessica Jean worked for the real school in 2012.
In the new flexible industrial services class and lab space inside the Commerce campus of Lanier Technical College, Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce staff and ambassadors joined Tim McDonald, Vice President of Economic Development, and Dr. Howard Ledford, Dean of the Jackson Campus and Dean of General Studies, as Jackson County Commission Chairman Tom Crow cut the ribbon. See more below.
Lanier Technical College’s Commerce campus now has a state-of-the-art flexible industrial services class and lab space which is already being put to good use.
When the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce visited to cut the ribbbon on the new 1,450-square-foot training lab which was developed using an Appalachian Regional Commission grant administered through the United States Department of Agriculture, instruction was already under way.
Instructor Joey Watkins made the trip from the Oakwood campus to the Commerce campus to help hone the skills of several JM Huber employees who are responsible for keeping all that company’s equipment running.
“We can bring the instruction to the employees near their own community,” said Dr. Howard Ledford, Dean of the Jackson Campus and Dean of General Studies. “We are very pleased to offer this space to our community partners.” The lab allows the college to replicate advanced manufacturing training convenient to the businesses and industries in Jackson County.
Tim McDonald, Vice President of Economic Development, and Dave Parrish, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, attended the ceremony for Lanier Technical College as Jackson County Commission Chairman Tom Crow performed the ribbon-cutting honors. Also attending was Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO John Fenn and other Chamber staff and ambassadors.