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South Carolina purchases new school buses

Posted: 06/20/2006 - New school buses will be available in South Carolina as students return to classes this fall. This is the state's first major bus purchase in ten years.

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Tommy Price to retire next year

Posted: 06/14/2006 - The Columbia County school superintendent is retiring. Wednesday, June 14, Tommy Price announced he is leaving his post at the end of the 2006-2007 school year.

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Richmond Co. BOE abolishes Public Information Office

Posted: 06/09/2006 - After nearly a four hour meeting Thursday night, there was a major shake-up in the Richmond County Board of Education. The school board's director of public information Mechelle Jordan has offered her resignation and her department is being abolished.

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Schools offer summer courses to help students pass CRCT

Posted: 06/08/2006 - Georgia test scores show hundreds of local students are not ready to move on to the next grade level. Hundreds of students are taking summer school classes to try and pass the CRCT next month.

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Richmond County Schools to hold rezoning meetings

Updated: 05/12/2006 - The Richmond County Board of Education will open two new elementary schools in the south Augusta area this fall. Public meetings have been scheduled at Jamestown Elementary, Windsor Spring Elementary, Tobacco Road Elementary, and Willis Foreman Elementary, as these schools will be rezoned due to the addition of the two new schools.

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5 Richmond Co. middle schools ordered to restructure

Updated: 05/11/2006 - More than 1700 schools across the country have not met adequate yearly progress for 5 years under President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act. Now all of those schools are ordered to restructure.

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South Carolina to transfer power back to Allendale Co. schools

Updated: 04/24/2006 - The state of South Carolina will transfer some power over Allendale County's schools back to the local school board. The local board will regain full authority in June of 2007 if it meets all the terms of its agreement with the state.

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Out-of-classroom learning helps student advance toward goals

Posted: 04/05/2006 - Implementation of the Education and Economic Development Act (EEDA) of 2005 has begun in South Carolina, but many of the components of the new law have already been put into practice in schools across the state. The following example shows how these components helped one student tailor his education to further his professional goals.

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Proposed new Columbia Co. school calendar causes concern for board member

Posted: 03/17/2006 - A school board member in Columbia County has serious concerns with the proposed new calendar. The board sent out surveys to parents to vote on a new start date; August 15th was chosen. Board member Mike Sleeper says that date could lead to teachers cutting class.

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Crimes in Schools: March 15, 2006

Updated: 09/18/2006 - Keeping you informed on what crimes are happening in local schools, it's our weekly segment: Crimes in Schools.

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S.C. students declare majors long before college

Posted: 02/28/2006 - At Midland Valley High School, a pilot program is underway for the Aiken County school district. Right now teachers and administrators are designing a plan to help students decide what they may want to do after high school. If the plan works this next school year, the same plan could be in place the following year for the whole district.

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Computers help track what children eat

Updated: 01/11/2007 - Chances are you aren't around when your child's eating lunch at school. That can pose a problem if they're allergic to certain foods or they need to back off the brownies. News 12's Meredith Taylor is on your side with the Richmond County school district's solution.

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Grant Makes SC School Buses Cleaner

Posted: 02/23/2006 - The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded its largest grant to South Carolina schools. The money will be used to make the state's school buses more environmentally friendly.

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Teachers Say Communication A Problem

Posted: 02/10/2006 - They say communication is key and teachers do it everyday with their students. But why are some saying it's not as easy to do with their administrators? News 12's has more on what is and isn't being talked about.

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Columbia County School Calendar Options

Updated: 02/03/2006 - A calendar committee has come up with a survey for Columbia County parents to decide when school should start. There are three calendar options. The Board of Education wants parents to go online to take part in the survey.

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Class Sizes in Georgia to be Smaller

Updated: 01/26/2006 - Governor Perdue wants smaller school class sizes across the state as soon as next fall. News 12 is on your side with how that will affect Richmond and Columbia County schools.

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Officials Present Three School Start Dates

Updated: 01/26/2006 - Another hot school topic is when to start classes and thousands of students in our area could be affected. News 12 is on your side with the three dates under consideration.

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New Outlet for Education in Columbia County

Updated: 01/19/2006 - In just a few weeks some of you in Columbia County will have to temporarily pick another library. Gibbs Memorial will close its doors to become a part of a new state of the art facility. News 12 is on your side with a preview of the new outlet for education.

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New Augusta Tech Campus Closer to Completion

Updated: 01/19/2006 - Augusta Technical College is one step closer to breaking ground in Columbia County. The school just received more money for a new campus. News 12 is on your side with what the money is for and how it will help hundreds of students get an education.

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Parents Decide When Kids Start School

Updated: 01/17/2006 - Parents will get to decide when their kids go back to school. Columbia County will send out surveys after getting a number of complaints about this year's early start date of August 3rd. But some educators think a later date could mean lower scores.

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Bats Infest Aiken County School

Posted: 01/13/2006 - It was a busy day for exterminators as they caught hundreds of bats inside an Aiken County middle school. News 12 tells you how the school is handling the bat bother.

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Gov. Perdue Puts Emphasis on Education

Updated: 01/11/2006 - Governor Sonny Perdue is calling 2005 an economic comeback year for Georgia. Now he says education is at the top of his agenda for 2006. News 12 is on your side to explain the governor’s plans and how they will help out schools.

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