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Liberty schools budgeting for more students

The Liberty County Board of Education was informed Tuesday that school administrators are busy shaping a budget for the 2014-15 school year. School-board members were told that before a final draft budget can be presented, the district must clear three hurdles: projecting enrollment and teacher allocations, developing a budget for capital projects and estimating costs for advancing technology in the schools.

March 14, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


Split vote stymies recommended firings

Liberty County School System Superintendent Dr. Valya S. Lee's recommendation to terminate married teachers Brian and Tiffany Griggs for abandonment of contract failed Monday when the board of education delivered a split vote in the couple's combined fair-dismissal hearing. Had the Griggs been terminated, they most likely would have faced sanctions from the state Professional Standards Commission, to include having their teaching certificates revoked in Georgia and states of reciprocity, including Florida, Alabama and South Carolina.

March 13, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


High schools earn state recognition

Liberty County School System's two high schools were named to Georgia's Access and Support Schools list last month. This distinction shows that 30 percent of the district's students who identify as African-American or Hispanic have taken advanced-placement courses and earned scores of 3 or higher on their AP exams.

March 12, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Education


Dual enrollment works for area students

Area college administrators maintain dual-enrollment can help high-school students get a jump on their post-secondary educations and, in some cases, provide them the skills to be more competitive in the job market right after high-school graduation.

March 10, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Education


Democratic candidates greet, meet supporters

Democratic candidates for national, county and school board seats hobnobbed with supporters Thursday during a meet and greet event hosted by the Young Democrats of Liberty County and the Liberty County Democratic Committee at the La Quinta Inn in Flemington.

March 07, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


Rising ninth-graders introduced to BI

Bradwell Institute showed rising ninth-graders what they can expect when they enter high school this fall during a freshmen fair Tuesday evening.

March 07, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Education


County weighs possible animal-control sites

The Liberty County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday discussed three possible sites on which to build a new animal-control facility. The county would fund the project with Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds.

March 07, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


School to offer free breakfasts, charge a dime more for lunch

The Liberty County Board of Education agreed last week to offer all children - regardless of ability to pay - free school breakfast for the 2014-15 school year and for three years thereafter. The board of education also agreed to raise the price of student lunches by 10 cents in order to comply with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Schools are not allowed to use excess from free-meal reimbursements to subsidize the paid lunch cost, school officials said.

March 05, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


LCHS musical up for coveted award

The Liberty County High School drama club will be in the running for Georgia high school musical theater's version of Broadway's Tony awards, the Shuler Hensley Awards, when the cast and crew present the musical "The Wizard of Oz" this weekend.

March 03, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Education


STAR students and teachers recognized

Top Liberty County students and the teachers who most inspire them were recognized Thursday at a Liberty County Chamber of Commerce Progress Through People Luncheon at Connection Church on Patriot's Trail in Flemington. The event, held to honor local STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition program) recipients, was sponsored by Georgia Power and Savannah Technical College. The chamber has honored STAR students and teachers for more than 30 years.

March 03, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Education


Students get their day in court

Local high-school students got a feel for how a courtroom works when the Liberty County Bar on Wednesday hosted a law-day program at the justice center, complete with a mock trial. Liberty County High School students were welcomed to Courtroom A in the morning and Bradwell Institute students visited in the afternoon.

March 02, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Education


BI celebrates Black History Month

Bradwell Institute students were reminded that black history is American history during a Black History Month program Tuesday.

February 28, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Education


Courier going to metered paywall

In an attempt to show potential new online readers what the Coastal Courier has to offer in the way of up-to-the-minute updates on intensely local news, sports, features and events, the multimedia company will launch its new metered paywall Saturday, March 1.

February 28, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Business


Schools launch social media-channels

Liberty County school-board members witnessed the district's official social-media channels launch Tuesday morning during a regular work session.

February 27, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Education


Murderers request new trials

Convicted murderers Corey Allan Brown and Andrea Renee Wilson requested new trials Monday in a hearing before Superior Court Judge Jay Stewart at the Liberty County Justice Center in downtown Hinesville.

February 26, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Public Safety


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