The city’s Board of Education on Tuesday declared a state of emergency at Oxford Elementary School, allowing the system to skirt state bid law to repair a leaky part of the school’s roof.
The 24th annual academic competition for elementary school-aged students pit children from more than 30 teams from schools across central Alabama against each other, according to organizers.
This year’s festival was the 37th since it began in 1980, according to organizer Georgia Calhoun. She was recognized Saturday by Anniston officials and state Rep. Barbara Boyd for founding the observance.
Earlier this week, Governor Robert Bentley presented a proposed budget that slashed all spending for Science in Motion in the 2018 fiscal year. Without the program, science teachers would lose a cost-effective way to enhance student learning in high schools across the state, area educators and program operators say.
Jacksonville State University administrators have hired consultants to fix problems in student loan and scholarship payments that have caused delays and long wait times at the financial services office.
The proposed degree, if it receives state approval, would offer training in a field that’s grown in popularity and need in the past 15 years as technology has improved, some JSU officials, sheriffs and police chiefs say.
JSU officials have confirmed Cherise Peters, vice president of enrollment management, stopped working at the university earlier this month, but declined to specify why she left.
“We speak for those that can no longer speak for themselves,” Joseph Scott Morgan said as he introduced filmmaker Rachel Mills, one of the masterminds behind the A&E network series The Killing Season.
Sen. Del Marsh, R-Anniston, wants to increase the tax credits available to people and companies who donate money for private-school scholarships under Alabama’s school choice law.
Gadsden State’s Ayers Campus received the scholarship grant from the Gene Haas Foundation, named after the founder of Haas Automation, a California-based machine tool builder.
Superintendent Chad Young said the money would be used for salaries "because they did not allot enough to cover the salaries of the aides.”
According to the latest available JSU numbers, as of Jan. 1 there were 5,453 university student applicants for the 2017 fall semester, a 31 percent increase over last year.
During the board’s regular meeting Tuesday, the three members elected last year argued there had been a lack of transparency regarding the two-year extension of Superintendent Mark Petersen’s contract, signed in November by board president Stephen Smith.
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.