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2008-07-23 03:00:51

For five years, consumers will pay a sales tax with every purchase in Richmond County to build schools that, according to an external audit and the school board's former planner, aren't needed. School board members now want to know whether they are obligated to deliver on the $230 million in projects promised to voters in a November 2006 referendum. The reconsideration follows the audit's recommendations that schools be closed because of years of declining enrollment and projections...

2008-07-22 12:00:58

By Venice Buhain, The Olympian, Olympia, Wash. Jul. 22--Fees will go up to play middle and high school sports and to attend the outdoors school in the Olympia School District next year, but bus routes within a mile of the schools will remain unchanged. However, the board will be looking at transportation, the outdoors school and middle school sports fees in 2008-09 for possible changes. "There have been recommendations about things next year to cut," board President Carolyn Barclift...

2008-07-22 03:00:36

By Sara Pauff, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Ga. Jul. 22--Every chair was filled and people crammed into the back of the conference room at the Bradley Library on Monday night to say goodbye to John Phillips. Phillips was presiding over his last board meeting as superintendent of Muscogee County Schools, and he was honored with resolutions from the school board and the state senate, a musical tribute and thanks from several community members for his service over the past six years. He...

2008-07-22 03:00:34

By Tim Puko, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 22--A change in state law gives Pittsburgh Public Schools more flexibility in unloading its older, unused buildings. The district no longer needs court oversight to sell unused buildings without auction or sealed bids, and can opt to give them to the Urban Redevelopment Authority. State legislators included the change -- affecting only Pittsburgh -- in the state school code. District and authority officials created the plan as a way to...

2008-07-21 15:00:53

By Greg Jordan, Bluefield Daily Telegraph, W.Va. Jul. 21--PRINCETON -- Members of the Mercer County Board of Education decide Tuesday whether to accept a multi-million dollar state School Building Authority grant and proceed with a project that would reconfigure four schools and create a new middle school. The vote is the sixth item on the agenda of the school board's July session. Scheduled to begin 7 p.m., the meeting will be conducted at the Mercer County Technical Education Center in...

2008-07-21 06:00:00

By Kris Sherman, The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash. Jul. 21--Ask a kid his or her favorite subject in elementary school and the answer is often the same. "Recess," they'll proclaim with resounding enthusiasm. But it's become an increasingly endangered rite of kidship in the high-standards, No Child Left Behind world. Eight Tacoma elementary schools often have a scheduled play time outside the traditional lunch-and-recess break, but there's no consistency to the practice, a district...

2008-07-21 03:00:34

By Bill Graham and Alvin Chang, The Kansas City Star, Mo. Jul. 21--The Liberty School District's policy-setters are under fire, with controversies far from settled. A scathing audit report alleges that administrators abused district resources for personal use and failed to properly manage financial matters, including construction projects with huge cost overruns. But Phil Wright, a former superintendent who resigned in April because of the controversy, says he has done nothing wrong...

2008-07-20 09:00:31

By Rob Novit, Aiken Standard, S.C. Jul. 20--The Aiken County Board of Education has had a superintendent evaluation process in the past, but it was "certainly not the most effective one," said Board Chair Dr. Christine Sanders. Current Superintendent Dr. Beth Everitt began work Jan. 2. She met in closed session with the School Board Tuesday to talk about the development evaluation instrument for 2008-09. Sanders said board members will have a special meeting on Tuesday, July 29,...

2008-07-19 12:00:37

By Kathleen Mcgrory, The Miami Herald Jul. 19--Should the next Miami-Dade schools superintendent be elected or appointed? A candidate for School Board wants voters to decide. Angel Zayon, a candidate for the west Miami-Dade seat, asked the School Board Friday to include a referendum on the issue on the November ballot. He hopes the action will eventually enable county residents to choose the next schools chief. "One of the biggest problems is that the superintendent isn't...

2008-07-19 03:00:30

By Courtney Cutright courtney.cutright@roanoke.com 981-3345 School board members in Bedford County are turning to an outside consultant to help determine which capital improvement projects to take on next. The board voted 7-0, with one member absent, Thursday evening to pay construction company MB Kahn of Roanoke $35,000 to conduct a study of the school system's facilities, and help project its long- term building needs. "With the JF [Jefferson Forest] and Staunton River projects behind...


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