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School Board Meeting: Public Safety & Recognition

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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2006 5:05 pm    Post subject: School Board Meeting: Public Safety & Recognition Reply with quote

by Cara Cunningham
Public safety and recognitions were the main themes of Tuesday night's meeting of the Paulding County Board of Education. Paulding residents are invited to attend a budget work session at 3 p.m. Thursday by the board at 3236 Atlanta Highway.

Next year Public Safety textbooks will be available at East Paulding and South Paulding High Schools in addition to Hiram High. Ninety textbooks for each of the three titles (or 270 total) will be ordered. They are Constitutional Law and the Criminal Justice System - $83 each for $7,470; Criminal Law - $78.50 each for $7,065; and An Introduction to Policing - $70 each for $6,300.

The board will spend $87,750 on asphalt for mobile parking at Paulding County High School and $8,195 on fifty two-tier lockers for East Paulding High School. Also the board will spend $7,345 to renew their membership with the Georgia Vocational Staff Development Consortium. Courses are offered free by the consortium to any Paulding instructors and administrators to enhance instruction.

The board approved an agreement with the Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter of the American Red Cross to use school facilities for mass care shelters for disaster victims. The school district would be reimbursed by the Red Cross for any food or supplies it uses for relief activities.

It was noted that the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) has approved the Paulding school safety plans. These plans are reviewed every two years by GEMA.

For $11,000, the board agreed to continue its contract with the West Georgia Regional Library system to help pay for the library's courier drivers who deliver materials to and from the school media centers upon request. School media specialists are able to locate resources throughout the 250-library PINES (Public Information Network Electronic Services) consortium throughout Georgia.

Representing the largest number ever from Paulding County, five Paulding students have been selected to participate in the 2006 Governor's Honors Program. The six-week program will take place at Valdosta State University and provide intense, enriched instruction for tenth and eleventh graders from across Georgia. Three thousand students competed for 700 placements. They are:

Jellyca James – Executive Business from Hiram High;
Michael Barry – Social Studies from Hiram High;
Chris Cole – Science – Chemistry from Paulding County High;
Sarah Pearlman – Social Studies from Paulding County High; and
Armando Ramos – Social Studies from Paulding County High.
The following demonstrated Loyalty, the Character Education trait for the month of May:

Jacob Romano, a fourth grader from McGarity Elementary, whose parents are Chris and Samantha Romano;
Nova Misite, a fifth grader from Northside Elementary, whose parents are John and Donna Haseltine;
Will Neiswender, a fourth grader from Russom Elementary, whose parents are Jeff and Elisha Neiswender; and
Loren Menard, an eighth grader from Moses Middle, whose parents are Paul and Lisa Menard.

The winners for the Fourth Annual Purchase Art Award - started by Peggy Cline and the Paulding County Fine Arts Association to promote the visual arts in Paulding - are listed as follows:

William Beasley, a junior from East Paulding High;
Nicole Bruce, a junior from Paulding County High;
Daniel Mirolli, an eighth grader from Moses Middle School; and
Cortney Norton, an eighth grader Herschel Jones Middle School

These students will have their work permanently displayed at the Board of Education. A committee formed by Board of Education personnel selected the winners. Next year elementary school students will be included in this competition for the first time.

Twenty-two 4-H'ers were recognized. Four Paulding high school juniors and four seniors were among more than 500 4-H'ers in the Northwest District competing to be the best in their project area, according to Paulding County Extension Coordinator Grace Garnier. They were the following:

Hannah Gaz, Hiram High, Dairy Foods Project, second place (sweepstake winner who will represent the Northwest District at the state competition in July);
Emme Worthy, Paulding County High, Teen Leader and Master 4-H'er;
Jalen Jeter, Austin Middle, Performing Arts – Instrumental Project;
Megan Rull, Hiram High, Horse Project;
James Fuller, Hope Christian Academy, Outdoor Recreation Project, first place;
Megan Johnson, Hiram High, Performing Arts – Vocal Project;
Sam Raybon, Paulding County High, Teen Leader and Master 4-H'er;
Jackie Owens, Moses Middle, Consumer Education Project, first place; and
Shante' Ball, Paulding County High, Performing Arts – Vocal Project.

Eighteen fifth and sixth grade Cloverleaf 4-H'ers from Paulding were recognized for competing in Area Project Achievement at Alexander High School in Douglasville. Thirteen counties were represented in the competition. Paulding students were:

Madison Craig, Russom Elementary, Communications Project, second place;
Audrey Phillips, Russom Elementary, Sports Project, fifth place;
Jacob Owens, Moses Middle, Computer Project, first place;
Lacie Gilliam, Roberts Elementary, Clothing and Textile Project, second place;
Kelsy Barber, Roberts Elementary, Food for the Family Project, first place;
Catie Williams, Roberts Elementary, History Project, third place;
Samantha Holland, South Paulding Middle, Veterinary Science Project, first place;
Lindsey True, East Paulding Middle, Horse Project, first place;
Maggie Calio, Colonial Hills Christian School, Horse Project, second place;
Joshua Austin, Union Elementary, General Recreation Project, third place;
Brianna Holt, Union Elementary, Fashion Revue Project, first place;
Joseph Godsey, Poole Elementary, Communication Project, first place;
Riley Baughman, Northside Elementary, Between Meals Snacks, second place;
Tyler Newsome, Abney Elementary, Sports, sixth place;
Matthew Morgan, Baggett Elementary, Target Sports, first place;
Gaurav Dutta, Union Elementary, Geology Project, first place;
Tamika Ball, Dallas Elementary, Performing Arts General, sixth place; and
Dakota Crider, East Paulding Middle, Arts Project, first place.

Teams from Moses Middle School and South Paulding Middle School held an in-county robotics competition under the direction of Leon Grant from Hiram High School and four of his pre-engineering students who served as mentors to the middle schools.

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