At least 85% of seniors will graduate this year

Teachers with perfect attendance in April from Paramount Jr. High included Mrs. Doris Pope, Ms. Sheila Tillman, Ms. Regina Harmon and Mr. Jason Spinks, shown with Dr. Harriet Lewis, Principal and Superintendent Isaac Atkins. Having perfect attendance from Eutaw Primary was Ms. LaShaun Henley.

According to Greene County School Superintendent Isaac Atkins, a least 85% of this year’s senior class will graduate in May. This figure represents 20 more graduates than last year.
During this coming summer, there will be remediation classes for seniors who did not pass the required exams.
If, on completion of these classes, a student does pass the exams, a graduation exercise will be held at the high school in August.
The 86% graduation rate is the highest in recent years.
“Next year we will have to improve to 86% to make AYP,” said Atkins.
There were three special presentations made during the regular meeting of the Greene County Board of Education:
*Teachers who made a difference during the past month. These teachers are selected by the vote of their fellow teachers.
*Teachers who had perfect attendance for the past month.
*A retirement presentation to Ms. Nancy Cole who has taught in the system for 38 years.
In other business, the board:
*Approved a financial report showing an income of $927,118.90 and expenditures of $1,108,343.72. Cash and cash equivalency amounts to $4,387,175.73.
*Approved June 1, 2011 as a make-up work day for employees (pending approved of the State Superintendent).
*Approved the employment of Mrs. Patricia Coleman as Manager for the Summer Feeding Program at the rate of $10 per hour; the employment of Ms. Mary Hill, Ms. Leola Smith and Ms. Linda Davis as cooks for the Summer Feeding Program at $9 per hour and the employment of Ms.Linda Moore as Monitor/Janitor for the Summer Feeding Program.
*Approved sending letters of termination for all “Additional Services”.
*Approved non-renewal of Mrs. Sheanell Edwards as Math Intervention teacher at Paramount Jr. High.
*Approved non-renewal of all non-tenured employees,
*Approved teachers and bus drivers for the Summer Smart Camp, a 25 day program specifically designed to promote academic excellence for 4th and perspective 9th graders


Partnerships promote financial matters for young adults

Professionals the Greene County Board of Education shown here at Money Smart Training at Branch Heights sponsored by the Greene/Sumter EC and other community associations.

The Greene/Sumter Enterprise Community, FDIC, Branch Heights Housing Authority, the Greene County Board of Education, the Black Belt Community Foundation and the Alabama Asset Building Coalition hosted the FDIC Money Smart Train-The-Trainer for Young Adults to a group of 24 professionals from the Greene County Board of Education on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at the Branch Heights Housing Authority Community Center. This free seminar is designed to present the basics of classroom instruction; to enable and empower instructors to deliver approximately one-hour long courses on the FDIC’s Money Smart for Young Adults curriculum to students. The primary purpose is to provide the class participants with tools.

These tools may enhance their skills as a classroom instructor in teaching the modules. The seminar also gave ideas on how to present the Money Smart curriculum. Participants are encouraged to teach one or more of the modules to community members within the next 12 months.
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FDIC Community Affairs staff in the Atlanta Region is working in the Black Belt area of Alabama with the two adjoining Gulf Coast hurricane-impacted counties of Mobile and Baldwin.The effort joined with the Alabama Asset Building Coalition (AABC) to form the base for the Alliance for Economic Inclusion (AEI) coalition. The Black Belt AEI rollout event was launched in April 2007 and now has over 50 members. The multi-county initiative utilizes regional team leaders – a financial institution and a community foundation for the south Black Belt; an enterprise community organization in the west Black Belt and university in the east Black Belt. The regions focus on VITA with direct deposit account openings, savings initiatives, financial education and individual development accounts (IDAs).