Stories by Betsy Gilliland

Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008

Mentors provide support system

Pupils are not the only ones who feel anxious at the start of a new school year. Once the classroom door closes and new teachers are alone with their pupils, they can feel apprehensive also.
By Betsy Gilliland

Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008

Grovetown Middle principal retiring

The Columbia County school system announced Friday that Grovetown Middle School Principal Carolyn Fries is retiring. Penny Jackson, who was named as principal of Grovetown High School in March, ...
By Betsy Gilliland

Friday, Sept. 12, 2008

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008

Fewer enroll in, pass fall classes

For the past two years, fall online classes have drawn fewer Columbia County students than spring and summer classes, and the fall pass rates lagged behind those of spring and summer.
By Betsy Gilliland

Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008

Finding aid requires more effort

Even though some lenders have backed out of the student loan market in recent months, industry experts say a little persistence should help college students secure financial aid.
By Betsy Gilliland

Friday, Sept. 5, 2008

County might seek waiver on class size

Columbia County school administrators might seek a waiver to avoid state-mandated maximum class size requirements in response to a potential 2 percent state funding cut.
By Betsy Gilliland

Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008

Pupil enrollment is short of projections

Enrollment in the Columbia County school system is below projections so far this year, but the student populations in Richmond and Aiken counties have topped predictions.
By Betsy Gilliland

Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008

New middle school lessens need for portables

Columbia County school officials had hoped this month's opening of Stallings Island Middle School would add enough space to eliminate 31 portable classrooms at five of seven middle schools.
By Betsy Gilliland

Sunday, Aug 31, 2008

Chamber membership issue keeps money from schools

A disagreement between the Columbia County school system and the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce is at a stalemate.
By Betsy Gilliland

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008

Service award is tribute to Clark

An enduring legacy was established Tuesday in the name of Lakeside High School graduate Ryan Clark.
By Betsy Gilliland

Local scores on SAT decline

Local results of the SAT slipped in 2008, according to figures released Tuesday.
By Betsy Gilliland, Greg Gelpi and Julia Sellers

Sunday, Aug 24, 2008

Libraries thrive in high-tech age

Area school libraries -- known for their book collections -- seem to be thriving in the digital age, as educators say online resources allow them to work more closely with teachers and their ...
By Betsy Gilliland

Saturday, Aug 23, 2008

Schools beef up bans on tobacco

Football fans might want to leave tobacco products at home when they head to area high school stadiums this fall. School systems in Columbia and Richmond counties are strengthening policies that ...
By Betsy Gilliland

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2008

Possible cuts put schools on alert

School systems statewide are already facing a 2 percent decrease in state funding this year, but times could get even tougher in 2009-10.
By Betsy Gilliland

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2008

Library books go digital for busy patrons

Audiobooks have long been a favorite of book lovers, and access has become even easier for those who have an active library card.
By Betsy Gilliland

Monday, Aug 18, 2008

Summer school profit will go to online losses

Although the Columbia County summer school program is not designed as a moneymaker, the school system ended up with a $7,516 profit this year. That unexpected windfall, though, won't go far.
By Betsy Gilliland

Sunday, Aug 17, 2008

Killer bees remain in Florida -- for now

More than a year ago, Africanized honeybees, also known as killer bees, were expected to migrate from Florida to the Augusta area by this summer. However, the ill-tempered insects have been ...
By Betsy Gilliland

Saturday, Aug 16, 2008

Bus routes stay work in progress

The Columbia County school system has been making changes to its bus routes daily since school started Monday. However, Dewayne Porter, the transportation director, said ridership numbers have met ...
By Betsy Gilliland

Thursday, Aug 14, 2008

4 local schools show big gains

Four local schools were recognized Wednesday for making the largest gains in Georgia on the ACT college entrance exam in 2008.
By Betsy Gilliland and Greg Gelpi

School enrollment closes in on expectations daily

The Columbia County school system is closing the gap between its enrollment projections and its actual student population for 2008-09.
By Betsy Gilliland
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