Wednesday, June 19 2013 9:45 AM EDT2013-06-19 13:45:09 GMT
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - About 100 soldiers are scheduled to return to Fort Benning in Georgia after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports (http://bit.ly/17WfBX4) thatMore >>
About 100 soldiers are scheduled to return to Fort Benning in Georgia after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. The unit is made up of soldiers assigned at Fort Benning and medical personnel from throughout the Army.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 8:49 AM EDT2013-06-19 12:49:18 GMT
By JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press BERLIN (AP) - Trying to tamp down concerns about government over-reach, President Barack Obama on Wednesday defended U.S. Internet and phone surveillance programs asMore >>
Trying to tamp down concerns about government over-reach, President Barack Obama on Wednesday defended U.S. Internet and phone surveillance programs as narrowly targeted efforts that have saved lives and thwarted at least 50 terror threats.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:44 AM EDT2013-06-19 04:44:24 GMT
Visitors paddling through south Georgia enjoyed a street party in their honor tonight.They gathered in downtown Camilla.Several hundred canoeists and kayakers are taking part in Paddle Georgia 2013. It'sMore >>
Visitors paddling through south Georgia enjoyed a street party in their honor tonight.They gathered in downtown Camilla.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:34 AM EDT2013-06-19 04:34:01 GMT
Some central Albany eyesores are coming down to make way for what leaders hope will be a thriving mixed-income community.The Albany Housing Authority is still working on a plan that could bring up to 30-millionMore >>
Some central Albany eyesores are coming down to make way for what leaders hope will be a thriving mixed-income community.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:05 AM EDT2013-06-19 04:05:52 GMT
Five months after the mysterious murder of a Coffee County woman, people gathered Tuesday night in Douglas to remember her and to launch a community effort to make sure her case isn't forgotten. FriendsMore >>
People gather to bring attention to one of many unsolved murders of women in Coffee County.More >>
August 02, 2005
Thomasville-- Thomas County and Thomasville's school administrators are outlining their priorities for the year.
Thomas County Schools Superintendent, Larry Green, says academics are tops on his list. "Adequate yearly progress, AYP, the term is, as a result of no child left behind is the number one priority," he says.
Second is school safety, a priority spearheaded by locking every door on campus but the front ones. "We transport a lot of students, we have a lot of students in our school system. We have to make sure that the facilities are safe, secure," says Green.
Green's third priority is making sure the community is well served. After all, schools usher students into adulthood, and then into society. "Academically, emotionally, socially, that's all part of what we do in dealing with children," says Green.
While Thomas County Schools are busy organizing the new school year, the same can be said for Thomasville City Schools. "This year we have two major initiatives," says Superintendent, Sabrina Boykins-Everett.
The first of those initiatives is discipline. "The students are primarily expected to be in the right place at the right time, with the right materials doing the right thing," says Everett. That's always expected of students, but this year, says Everett, it's explicitly stated.
The next priority is a plan to boost underachieving students, particularly those in schools where minorities are the majority. "The outcome expectation is that those students with those descriptives will be proficient at a 90 percent rate of performance," says Everett.
Performance both superintendents hope will continue from school to school. "We have a lot of good expectations throughout," says Everett. "We know that having good test scores is not enough. We know that we have to continue to improve," adds Green. And there are nine months left this school year to do so.
Transportation is a secondary priority for Thomas County. With two new schools this year, they're having to stagger parent pick-ups with bus arrivals.