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Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010

Board picks Roberson

Dr. Frank Roberson said Tuesday that he was honored by his selection as Richmond County's next school superintendent and hopes to get started by Aug. 23.
By Preston Sparks

Monday, Aug 9, 2010

School year passes first tests

An air conditioner malfunction was still being worked on this evening at Glenn Hills Middle School, so classes there will be on a two-hour delay Tuesday.
By Preston Sparks and Susan McCord

Sunday, Aug 8, 2010

Schools open with premieres, final acts

As classes resume today in Richmond and Columbia counties, Jasmine Wright will be starting her last year of high school. And 5-year-old Ciera Nesbitt will begin her first day in kindergarten.
By Preston Sparks and Susan McCord

School's start brings traffic

Traffic could be tricky in some areas, and parents should be mindful of bus stops as school starts back in Richmond and Columbia counties today and on Aug. 16 in Aiken County.
By Donnie Fetter, Julia Sellers and Preston Sparks

Saturday, Aug 7, 2010

Uncertainty forces school cuts

Starting Monday, area schools and the students who attend them face another year of challenges and uncertainty.
By Donnie Fetter, Julia Sellers and Preston Sparks

Friday, Aug 6, 2010

Superintendent job finalist out

The finalist pool for Richmond County school superintendent is now at two after one of three candidates has voluntarily withdrawn.
By Preston Sparks

Grant to aid ASU, 4 counties

ASU has received a $1.1 million grant to support science and math education for students who -- after graduating -- a commit to teaching in  Burke, McDuffie, Jefferson or Warren counties.
By Preston Sparks

Hephzibah High to celebrate 150 years

Richmond County school officials said Friday they plan to celebrate Hephzibah High School's 150th anniversary with special events.
By Preston Sparks

Good, bad of funding weighed

Legislation passed Thursday by the U.S. Senate that would provide billions to prevent teacher layoffs have some local school officials both optimistic and uncertain.
By Donnie Fetter, Julia Sellers and Preston Sparks

Thursday, Aug 5, 2010

Parts of Butler gym floor to be replaced

Despite a rosier report Wednesday, Richmond County school officials determined Thursday they'll have to replace a quarter to a third of a new gym floor at Butler High School that was soaked in ...
By Preston Sparks

Words sculpt character of Georgia students

This school year's Character Education words were recently announced -- a monthly list that officials say provides themes for students to learn by.
By Preston Sparks

Butler gym damage proves costly

Despite a rosier report Wednesday, Richmond County school officials determined today they’ll have to replace a quarter to a third of a new gym floor at Butler High School that was ...
By Preston Sparks

Police arrest school break-in suspect

Police arrested a 45-year-old Augusta man this morning in connection to some attempted thefts in the past week.
By Preston Sparks

Wednesday, Aug 4, 2010

School transfer deadline nears

Eleven Richmond County schools must offer school choice this year, and parents have a few more days to take advantage of the No Child Left Behind option.
By Preston Sparks

School facility burglar sought

Officials with the Richmond County School Safety and Security Department are asking the public’s help in identifying a man they say has attempted thefts three times in the past week.
By Preston Sparks

Tuesday, Aug 3, 2010

Butler thinks gym is fixable

Richmond County school officials said Tuesday they're hopeful they can save two gym floors at Butler High School that were badly soaked in weekend flooding.
By Preston Sparks

Monday, Aug 2, 2010

Butler damage costly

Officials were assessing damage caused by water that flooded Butler High over the weekend -- a "disaster" that could cost $250,000.
By Preston Sparks

Sunday, Aug 1, 2010

Back-to-school traffic traffic to face construction hurdles

Back to school means more traffic, and it'll be even worse in areas where there's construction.
By Donnie Fetter, Julia Sellers and Preston Sparks

Bookbags donated for students

Stevens Creek Community Church in Columbia County has been busy lately with a donation drive involving bookbags and school supplies.
By Donnie Fetter, Julia Sellers and Preston Sparks

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Superintendent hopefuls speak

In interviews with The Augusta Chronicle on Friday, two candidates for Richmond County schools superintendent gave their thoughts on how they would approach the job.
By Preston Sparks
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