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Teacher's comments about C.J. Pearson investigated

A Columbia Middle School teacher is in hot water over comments he is accused of making about the school's most famous student.
By Steve Crawford | Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015

Westmont teacher is tops in Columbia County

Jennifer Gurley, who is in her fourth year teaching at Westmont Elementary, said teaching had always been her calling as long as she can remember.
By Steve Crawford | Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015

Cedar Ridge Elementary inching closer to winning playground

Cedar Ridge Elementary is ranked No. 2 in the nation with nearly 150,000 recycled Capri Sun drink pouches.
By Doug Stutsman | Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015

"Hard" lockdowns increase in Richmond County schools

The Richmond County school system experienced more "hard" lockdowns last month than during the last school year, but officials said planning has made sure they cause minimal disruption while ...
By Sean Gruber | Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015

Augusta Milestone test results returned

Fewer than 39 percent of Georgia students were found proficient during the first wave of the Georgia Milestones testing, but state officials say lower performance is linked to "more rigorous" ...
By Sean Gruber | Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015

State education department distributes books to promote literacy

The Georgia Department of Education is sending over 250,000 books out to pre-K and kindergarten classes across Georgia, an initiative school officials hope will improve literacy rates and ...
By Sean Gruber | Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015

Columbia County goes for flexibility, mandates in state contract

Columbia County school officials said Wednesday that the district will enter a five-year contract with the Georgia Department of Education that will provide broad flexibility in abiding by state ...
By Steve Crawford | Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015

Columbia County keeps building schools

Construction on Columbia County school campuses is expected to continue for a few years.
By Valerie Rowell | Sunday, Aug 30, 2015

Richmond County elementary schools lead in weapons cases

There were more weapons-related incidents in Richmond County elementary schools during the 2014-15 school year than at middle or high schools, with the weapons ranging from blunt objects to handguns.
By Sean Gruber | Friday, Aug 28, 2015

Columbia County charter school bid denied

For the second consecutive year, the State Charter Schools Commission has denied a local group's petition to establish an arts-infused charter school in Columbia County.
By Steve Crawford | Thursday, Aug 27, 2015

Charter school plan faces rejection again

Board members of the Co­lum­­bia County School for the Arts have been informed that the State Charter Schools Com­mis­sion's staff is recommending that their petition be denied ...
By Steve Crawford | Thursday, Aug 20, 2015

School enrollment up in Richmond, Columbia

Enrollment reached 31,296 in Richmond County and 25,936 in Columbia County on Wednesday, a boost of roughly 2,900 and 598 respectively since this time last year, according to school system documents.
By Sean Gruber | Wednesday, Aug 19, 2015

Teens charged in school threat

Two Aiken teens are facing weapons charges in connection with an incident that had Columbia County schools on lockdown Friday morning.
By Steve Crawford and Valerie Rowell | Friday, Aug 7, 2015

Cedar Ridge Elementary prepared for student population boost

Cedar Ridge Elementary School's student population increased by 200 this year, and that was apparent to anyone who visited the school on Columbia County's first day Wednesday.
By Sean Gruber | Wednesday, Aug 5, 2015

Harlem Middle teachers get red carpet

A limousine ride and walk down a red carpet, complete with photographers, might be more pomp than many teachers are used to, but Harlem Middle School Principal Car­la Shelton said her teachers ...
By Sean Gruber | Thursday, July 30, 2015

Schools use past experience to ready for next wave of testing

The Georgia Milestones replaced the End of Course and Criterion-Referenced Competency standardized tests the previous school year, taking the form of an "end-of-grade" test for grades 3-8 and an ...
By Sean Gruber | Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Schools look to curb crime rise

While area schools are prepping for the upcoming year, administrators say they're keeping an eye on an area that could impact student achievement - crime.
By Travis Highfield | Wednesday, July 29, 2015

School information, schedules

Here is what you need to know about school registration, bus routes and immunizations in Aiken, Columbia, Richmond and McDuffie counties:
Thursday, July 23, 2015

New Columbia County teachers undergo orientation

More than 190 new teachers got their first in-depth look at their new school system Wednesday morning, undergoing orientation as Columbia County braces for a predicted population boom.
By Sean Gruber | Wednesday, July 22, 2015

School officials excited by Fort Gordon's growth

School officials in Richmond and Columbia counties said they view the influx of new arrivals as an "exciting" opportunity to grow their systems and reap economic benefits.
By Sean Gruber | Monday, July 20, 2015
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