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School bomb threats out of hand

Updated: 04/11/2007 - Parents and teachers agree that bomb threats are out of control. With statewide CRCT exams coming up next week, administrators say they're expecting more fake threats. Now there's a new plan to try to stop them in Richmond County.

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Georgia Pre-K enrollment highly competitive

Updated: 04/11/2007 - The Columbia County school board is looking into a lottery for Pre-K positions that some say was done unfairly. Academics these days are competitive, even at the pre-kindergarten level.

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Pre-K selection process under investigation

Updated: 04/11/2007 - There are only so many slots in River Ridge Elementary's Pre-K program to go around, so the county had to draw names for them. But the outcome has some parents claiming the results were rigged.

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Richmond County superintendent search moving forward

Posted: 04/09/2007 - 30 people so far have applied for the job of Richmond County School Superintendent, some as far away as New Jersey and Oklahoma. Eight of the applicants are currently superintendents.

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McDuffie County BOE to discuss superintendent

Posted: 04/09/2007 - The McDuffie County school board will meet this Thursday, April 12 at 6 p.m. to talk about Superintendent Dr. Mark Petersen. The Board of Education says they've received a lot of complaints recently.

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Augusta says goodbye to Dr. Larke

Updated: 04/02/2007 - Former Superintendent Dr. Charles Larke officially retired from the system Friday. We talked with many who say they are focusing on the future and not the negative past.

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School choice bill passes South Carolina House

Updated: 04/02/2007 - It's a struggle for a lot of families. You live in one district, but you really like the schools in the next. If HB3124 becomes law, South Carolina parents will be able to choose the best school for their children.

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Children often play in path where child hit by bus

Updated: 03/22/2007 - It's a path that was supposed to have been blocked...but if it had been, would it have saved Cole Ford's life? That is still the unanswered question as a community continues to grieve over the loss of a little boy killed by a school bus.

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Student arrested for bringing gun to school

Updated: 03/21/2007 - A Butler High School student was arrested around 12:45 this afternoon. School officials pulled the young man out of class after receiving a tip, and a BOE officer found a loaded .25 semi-automatic gun on his person.

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Site where school bus ran over toddler not public road

Updated: 03/22/2007 - The narrow dirt road where a child was crushed behind the wheels of a bus is a private road, restricted to incoming and outgoing traffic. That begs the question of why a Columbia County school bus was on it in the first place.

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McDuffie County overspending accounted for

Updated: 03/23/2007 - The state auditor's office found McDuffie County spent nearly $50,000 more on their Title 1 program than they were supposed to and filed an inaccurate report on the money. Now, the state BOE says the money's all accounted for.

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Richmond County votes no to school uniforms

Updated: 03/22/2007 - Wearing uniforms will soon be a thing of the past for most students in Richmond County. Tuesday night in a 7 to 3 vote, the school board decided to get rid of the policy that's been in place since the year 2000.

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Growing Columbia County seeks teachers

Posted: 03/13/2007 - Columbia County is looking for new teachers to keep up with their booming population. Several years ago, the county needed 47 new teachers. This year, they need 76.

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Autistic child left on empty school bus

Updated: 03/14/2007 - A seven-year-old autistic boy was left on his Aiken school bus for hours alone, and now his mother wants answers. James Stephens fell asleep on his way to Chukker Creek Elementary and ended up at a bus lot at South Aiken High School.

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Special Assignment: Doing Time for School Crime

Posted: 02/28/2007 - Some school crimes end up in court. Columbia County Juvenile Judge Doug Flanagan invited News 12 into his courtroom to show us how he deals with young people on the wrong side of the law.

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Glenn Hills Middle hosts gang seminar for parents

Posted: 02/13/2007 - Gangs are growing in number by recruiting kids as young as elementary school. News 12's Lynnsey Gardner sat down with the assistant principal of Glenn Hills Middle to find out what the school is doing to fight the problem.

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Richmond County BOE approves superintendent job advertisement

Updated: 02/12/2007 - The search is on for Richmond County's next school superintendent, a position previously held by Dr. Charles Larke. The deputy superintendent has been filling in, but now they're taking steps to advertise the job nationwide.

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