Stories by Preston Sparks

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Waiting out the tsunami on the 17th floor

WAIKIKI, Hawaii -- Sirens blared and a police loud-speaker told everyone a tsunami was imminent.
By Preston Sparks

Sunday, Aug 29, 2010

Georgia passes on test fees

The Department of Education no longer will pay for high school sophomores to take the PSAT, nor will it pay for advanced placement exams.
By Donnie Fetter and Preston Sparks

Friday, Aug 27, 2010

School district files insurance claim

Richmond County School officials reported half a million dollars in damage from a July 31 storm to their insurance provider on Friday.
By Preston Sparks

School tribunal findings released

Four students accused of setting fire to a Hephzibah High School JROTC building in June have been expelled for one year, according to Richmond County tribunal findings made public Thursday.
By Preston Sparks

Tuesday, Aug 24, 2010

Richmond County schools could get lacrosse

Lacrosse could be coming to at least one Richmond County school in the next few years. The idea of creating a team was recently posed to school board members by The First Stick Program.
By Preston Sparks

Ga. eligible for federal school funds

ATLANTA — The U.S. Education Department says nine states -- including Georgia - and the District of Columbia will receive money in the second round of the "Race to the Top" school reform ...
By Jason Wermers, Julia Sellers and Preston Sparks

Monday, Aug 23, 2010

New superintendent visits six schools

Dr. Frank Roberson spent his first day on the job visiting classrooms and talking to teachers and students.
By Preston Sparks

Sunday, Aug 22, 2010

Schools alter math lessons

A new school year has brought curriculum changes, and in Georgia and South Carolina a major focus is on math.
By Donnie Fetter, Julia Sellers and Preston Sparks

Roberson will be touring schools

Dr. Frank Roberson plans to start his first day as Richmond County schools superintendent with visits to several schools.
By Preston Sparks

Friday, Aug 20, 2010

School evacuated after pupil tries to set fire

Wilkinson Gardens Elementary School was temporarily evacuated Friday morning after a 7-year-old girl tried to set a fire, causing smoke in some classrooms and hallways, authorities said.
By Preston Sparks

Wednesday, Aug 18, 2010

Floors will be fixed in both Butler gyms

Both the old and new gym floors at Butler High School probably will be replaced after the damage from a July 31 flood, but officials stressed that the work shouldn't affect this year's basketball ...
By Preston Sparks

Tuesday, Aug 17, 2010

New superintendent to sign contract

Dr. Frank Roberson will sign a contract at today's Richmond County school board meeting to become the district's next school superintendent.
By Preston Sparks

Monday, Aug 16, 2010

MCG dean resigns

After more than four years of service Dr. Douglas Miller has resigned as dean of the School of Medicine and senior vice president for health affairs for MCG.
By Preston Sparks

Sunday, Aug 15, 2010

Projects build on school year

This school year will be a busy one, not only for what occurs in the classroom but also for the work that takes place on the school buildings.
By Donnie Fetter, Julia Sellers and Preston Sparks

Saturday, Aug 14, 2010

Class sizes increase as funds drop

Debates about classroom sizes are nothing new, but the issue has taken on greater prominence in the past two years as school districts face tightened budgets.
By Preston Sparks

Friday, Aug 13, 2010

College enrollment up again

As the fall season for college gears up, the Augusta area's institutions of higher education report increasing enrollment.
By Donnie Fetter, Julia Sellers and Preston Sparks

School district backs Laney principal

Richmond County released on Friday a "comprehensive letter of support, concern and advisement of direction" given to Lucy C. Laney Comprehensive High School Principal Tonethia Beasley.
By Preston Sparks

Thursday, Aug 12, 2010

Contract signing Tuesday

A spoken agreement has been reached on a contract to hire Dr. Frank Roberson as Richmond County's next school superintendent, school board President Marion Barnes said after a millage hearing ...
By Preston Sparks

Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010

Davidson parents face delays

Richmond County school officials say the traffic situation near Davidson is something they're going to address once again with city officials to speed up remaining work there.
By Preston Sparks

Regents issue undocumented student report

 The Georgia Board of Regents released information today detailing the findings of a student residency verification process that most state-funded colleges recently completed.
By Preston Sparks
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