Times Free Press | Georgia State School Superintendent Richard Woods took a walking tour of LaFayette High School last week, giving local education officials a chance to showcase programs making an impact in area classrooms and discuss how state representatives can better serve local communities."I think that's best done by listening and not interjecting our thoughts and positions, but responding to what their actual needs are," said Woods.
One of the most important takeaways Woods said he got from the tour was the need for additional resources in the area of students' mental health and emotional well-being, which he said could be weighed down by numerous internal and external factors, such as living in poverty or coming from a family of divorce.
"We're looking at how we can take some of the baggage off of our kids and get them in the best position to learn," Woods said.
Read more: https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/community/story/2019/jan/16/mental-health-takes-focus-school-walk-through/486523/
State Superintendent of Schools Richard Woods made a special visit to Luella High School Tuesday to present FastTrack grant banners to both the high school and Luella Middle.
In October, the Georgia Department of Education announced the Henry schools were two of four schools chosen in the state to receive FastTrack grants. The grants will be used to support the schools’ Career, Technical and Agricultural Education labs.
At Luella Middle, the funds will be used to enhance the technology and family/consumer science labs. Students at Luella High School will benefit from an additional six labs to be built at the school.
“It’s exciting,” said Jerry Smith, Luella High principal. “We’re here celebrating the support the Georgia Department of Education has given our CTAE.”
Henry County Schools Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis gave thanks to Woods and the GaDOE for the funding.
“There is a true vision in Henry County Schools — to ensure everyone is equipped and ready to contribute to our community,” she said.
Woods offered his congratulations to the schools for earning the grants.
Read more: https://www.henryherald.com/features/state-superintendent-presents-fasttrack-banners-to-luella-middle-high/article_4ff9c4b7-04d9-595f-9a9d-09210fd10967.html
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Dedicating an additional $1.6 million to education in rural Georgia to increase access to the arts, expand STEM/STEAM opportunities, foster entrepreneurship, strengthen the post-secondary pipeline, and support school leaders.
The Georgia Department of Education is launching the Partnership for Rural Growth, an initiative to expand the resources available to public school districts in rural Georgia.
“More and more Georgians are recognizing the importance of a ‘rural renaissance’ to the future of our state – and K-12 education must be a driver of that,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “As a longtime resident of rural Georgia, and a former South Georgia principal and teacher, I want to make sure every single student – in every part of our state – has access to opportunities that will prepare them for a successful future. Through the Partnership for Rural Growth, we’re working to eliminate the resource gaps our rural schools and districts often face, and to make sure K-12 education is spurring renewal in rural Georgia.”
Major components of the Partnership for Rural Growth include:
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