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BOE selects texts

The McDuffie County Board of Education voted April 14 to adopt social studies and fine arts text books for the coming year for some grades.

The board decided to adopt fine arts texts for all grades and social studies books for grades 4, 5 and 8 -- 12 and to wait on grades K-3 and 6 and 7. The social studies textbooks currently offered for those grades have not been updated to align with the new Georgia Performance Standards which are scheduled for rollout in 2007-2008, raising the possibility that if books are purchased, they may be outdated soon. Instead, the affected grades will use trade books or will use current texts at least another year.

The texts that are aligned with standards and have been approved will be purchased, the board decided.

The state will fund about 30 percent of the cost, and texts average $70-$75 each.

The board approved supplemental funds during adoption of new texts to help purchase extra items for teaching such as maps and globes.

Tour visits Thomson

The Georgia Cities Foundation's fifth annual "Heart and Soul" bus tour made its way though Thomson on Wednesday. The Camellia City of the South was one of 13 towns visited by state legislators and business leaders on their four day trek through the state.

The group arrived at White Columns Inn for registration and then traveled to Hickory Hill, the historic home of Senator Tom Watson for a welcome and a tour. The group then received a history lesson on the depot as well as an explanation of the recently enacted redevelopment plan.

After dinner at 1810 Country Inn and Winery, those on the tour returned to White Columns for the night. The group was scheduled to leave for Augusta this morning.

Cody addresses BOE

Recently released Thomson High School softball coach Lisa Cody addressed the McDuffie County Board of Education during the public input section of the April meeting last Thursday night. Her request to speak during executive session was denied.

Mrs. Cody spoke to the board because she felt administrators mishandled her firing after 18 years of coaching at THS.

"I was told that no explanation was needed," Mrs. Cody said during her three-minute speech to board members. "I've been amazed at the lack of professional courtesy."

Visibly emotional, Mrs. Cody said she had recently turned down a position as an assistant principal in another school district because she was happy at THS. The board took no action after being addressed by Mrs. Cody and her husband, Brian.

Course at medical center

Those interested in volunteering at the McDuffie Regional Medical Center through the Grace Corps Program may attend training sessions on Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. in the hospital board room, said Eva Newsome, director of volunteer services.

The training is a 10 week course. Several volunteers in the community met recently at the hospital to hear an overview of the Grace Corps Program. Dr. Don Berry gave the overview, explaining the 20 hour classroom training as well as 20 hours of clinical training.нн Grace Corps is an on-call group of certified volunteers to assist upon request of hospitals, chaplains, and clergy in the care of patients and their families.Anyone interested in learning more about the program or signing up to attend should call Mrs. Newsome at the hospital; phone number 597-5408.

"It will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life; just the training is invaluable, even if you never volunteer as a Grace Corps representative," Mrs. Newsome said.



Web posted on Thursday, April 21, 2005











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