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Board of Education business in brief

School vehicles get collision insurance

The McDuffie County Board of Education approved to secure collision insurance on all BOE vehicles which are 1995 through 2006 models. Currently, the system had only liability insurance on the vehicles.

The insurance situation was discovered following a minor accident, Aug. 25, in which a tractor trailer truck clipped the rear of a McDuffie County school bus on Augusta Highway in Dearing. No one was injured in the accident.

The school system currently has 48 buses and eight vehicles that fall under the category. The total costs for insuring the vehicles with collision insurance would be $2,919. After brief discussion, the board deemed the insurance necessary, in the event that if one of the vehicles is involved in a single-vehicle accident, it could not be repaired.

Katrina students roll in

McDuffie County Schools have enrolled 15 new pupils who are evacuees from hurricane Katrina. Superintendent Dr. Mark Petersen said the schools didn't know what to expect. Dr. Petersen said there are more than 5,642 evacuees enrolled in schools in the entire state. Some cities have "big camps" for evacuees, but McDuffie County is not one of those locations.

"I expect we'll get a few more as they trickle in as time goes on, but not in big numbers. This'll be fine for us," he said.

Students chosen for program

Sixty-eight students from Thomson High School have been chosen to participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress. The test, commonly known as "the nation's report card," is a congressionally-mandated project of the U.S.'s Department of Education's National Center for Educational Statistics.

Students and schools are randomly selected to participate by Westat Research. Students' names are not collected or reported. According to the Georgia Department of Education website, the test has been given for 30 years, and is often described as measuring basic skills because it examines student performance with traditional paper and pencil computation, and compares current results with that of students in the past. The NAEP assessment results are most useful when they are considered in light of trends in educational reform, changes in school-age population, and societal demands and expectations.

"The good thing is we don't have to pay for or administer these tests, yet we can benefit from learning the results," Dr. Barry O'Neill told the school board.



Web posted on Thursday, September 15, 2005











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