SCHOOL BOARD HONORS MID-YEAR GRADUATES
LAFAYETTE – Two mid-year graduates from Valley High School were recognized for their achievements Wednesday during the monthly meeting of the Chambers County Board of Education. They were each presented a diploma by school superintendent Dr. Kelli Hodge.
Katlyn Duffee completed her course studies through both the traditional method and virtual school online. Her fellow graduate, Tori Brown, overcame personal difficulties to finish her required credits in phases. Yet, both accomplished their goals of graduation ahead of schedule.
Tori has plans to attend Chattahoochee Valley Community College and pursue a degree in nursing, while Katlyn intends to enter the local workforce.
Shown in the photo above are, from left, Tori Brown and Katlyn Duffee.
In other business, the school board approved a resolution opposing a new school calendar currently under consideration by the Alabama legislature. The proposal would basically mandate that school systems statewide begin their 2020-2021 academic year after Labor Day and finish prior to Memorial Day. Such a schedule would eliminate many of the holidays currently observed by public schools, including MLK Day, Presidents’ Day, and others. In addition, there would be no spring of fall breaks and only one day for Thanksgiving, instead of the traditional long weekend.
“I have sent copies of this proposed calendar to each member of our local state delegation to show them exactly how public schools would be placed at a major disadvantage,” said Dr. Hodge. “While losing a majority of our holiday schedule, there would be no days available for teacher work sessions or in-house training.”
The resolution in opposition to the plan contends that school systems should be allowed to set their own calendars according to the specific needs of the individual areas they serve.
School board members also heard a presentation from Chambers County Career Technical Center Principal Ken Sealy in recognition of Career Technical Education Month, being observed during February. What began in 1978 as the Chambers County Area Vocational Center with seven basic courses of study has today become a facility centered around technology, with more than a dozen areas of specialized instruction. This fall, Sealy will enter his tenth year as the center’s principal.
Chris Busby addressed the board regarding various work done by the Chambers County Development Authority over the past year, particularly in the areas of business recruitment, existing business expansions, and an aggressive effort toward new residential development. Busby said details of the CCDA’s activities are being outlined in an annual report that is currently being published and will soon be distributed to the public.
The school board also approved three upcoming overnight and/or out-of-state field trips requested by student groups. Gifted students will be traveling to Jekyll Island, GA, April 8 – 10, 2020, to participate in ecology lessons; W. F. Burns Middle School students will visit Six Flags Over Georgia in Atlanta on April 24, 2020, to participate in Education Day; and, other students from W. F. Burns will be going to the CNN News Center in Atlanta on April 30, 2020, to learn more about public speaking and reporting skills.
By David Bell