Jacksonville State University’s governing board approved a $39 million student recreation center Monday. The 100,000-square-foot facility has an estimated January 2019 completion date and will be paid for with a new $190 per semester student fee once it’s open.
Nearly 600 students are now enrolled in one of the academy’s 11 programs. That’s up from 324 students in the 2013-14 school year.
Five of the board’s members present for Thursday evening’s meeting approved Shannon Finley for principal at the $15 million Alexandria Middle School. The school now rises from the earth near Alexandria High School, where Finley has been assistant principal nearly two years.
Work is underway to confer with state education officials to identify weaknesses in students’ learning and correct them, officials said. The work comes a week after the Alabama Department of Education placed Anniston High on its 2017 failing schools list.
“We have an alternative program for remediation and discipline and we have a policy that there has to be an administrator on site,” Superintendent Chad Young said by phone Wednesday. “Basically we found her a position in the system because it was a mid-year transition.”
Anniston schools continue to work toward rebuilding the required one-month reserve, which dipped below the state-mandated level in 2014, according to the audit firm, following a mistake that resulted in an approximately $450,000 deficit for the system and a period of declining enrollment.
The Huntsville Board of Education revealed Piedmont Superintendent Matt Akin was one of the finalists for superintendent of its school system during a Thursday meeting.
A substitute bus driver for Calhoun County School System has been fired, the superintendent said Friday, after leaving a Saks fourth-grader on her bus earlier this week.
Officials announced closures Thursday afternoon of schools and other services ahead of a winter storm expected on Friday to drop 2 or more inches of snow and sleet over the Interstate 20 corridor.
Their installation marks the first step toward monitoring every turn the department’s drivers make from computer screens at offices in Jacksonville. Eventually, department staff said Wednesday, the devices will suggest the most efficient routes for those drivers.
As Jacksonville State University’s first director of its Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success, Justin Parker wants to ensure student veterans get as much help as they might need.
Chad Young, the former Ranburne High School coach who won the Republican nomination for superintendent in March and had no Democratic challenger for the election in November, said his first day at the helm of the school system included a staff meeting.
Eight high school bands — from Weaver, Ohatchee, Wellborn, Alexandria, White Plains, Pleasant Valley, Piedmont, and Saks — will contribute members toward the performance at the Windy City’s November 2017 Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Parade, according to Weaver High School band director Jared Holland.
The 8-year-old second-grader at Tenth Street Elementary School carried out the duties of assistant principal Friday just as he would if he were 20 years older.
Board president Robert Houston along with members Rebecca Brown and Trudy Munford voted to affirm Superintendent Darren Douthitt’s action to resolve the employee’s grievance during a short meeting Thursday.
Anniston and Calhoun County school officials say they’re confident their graduation rates have been on the upswing, despite a federal investigation into misreporting of graduation numbers at the state level.
School system officials said the policies have been in place for years, but just needed some rewording and a few clarifications to correspond with recent federal education changes. The Jacksonville Board of Education approved the policy updates during its regular Monday meeting.
Sharp increases in Alabama’s high school graduation rate — one of the few clear success stories from the state school system in recent years — may not have happened after all.
Oxford High School, Jacksonville High School and the Donoho School in Anniston all had students win awards in dramatic and or musical competitions during the annual Walter Trumbauer Secondary Theatre Festival at the University of North Alabama in Florence on Saturday.