Putnam County School District Superintendent Phyllis Criswell takes from Jenkins Middle School student Jess Motes the book "Running for My Life," by Sudanese Lost Boy Lopez Lomong, at Tuesday's PCSD School Board meeting. Jenkins FFA members Motes and Josie Hill presented a slideshow on the group's various charitable and other events this school year. When "Lost Boy" Joseph Atem visited the school early this spring, the FFA chapter presented him with a $500 check for his foundation to aid the Sudanese people. JMS Principal Dr. Rick Surrency told the board that students, inspired by the story of the men who escaped brutal civil war as children, donated about $1,200 to Atem's foundation.
From left: Jenkins Middle School Principal Dr. Rick Surrency, FFA teacher Paula Adams, FFA student Jess Motes and FFA student Josie Hill stand as Adams smiles to applause at Tuesday's school board meeting. Surrency said that before Adams was interviewed for the FFA job, the school was likely shutting down the program. Now, he said, Adams has led the team to state awards, invaluable community service and more, creating an invaluable presence at Jenkins.
Ryan Austin Crouse and Shelisa Lenea Oliver are presented with certificates by Superintendent Phyllis Criswell at Tuesday's PCSD School Board meeting. The two students achieved perfect attendance through 13 years of school. Board member Lisa Parsons later suggested $100 from the board's budget be awarded the two students and future kids honored for perfect attendance. The board agreed.
PCSD Student Services Director Jim Roach presented a video chronicling his trip with Superintendent Phyllis Criswell and others to the Central Education Center in Newnan, Georgia. The academy is a school-district-operated charter school including music, welding, medical/dental, construction and other trade disciplines. Roach, long an advocate for a standalone career academy in Putnam County, said he and PCSD Grant Writer Alice McInnis will pursue outside funding for the school he hopes can be opened -- likely at the old Moseley Elementary School site -- in the 2015-2016 school year. Roach said that in the Central Education Center's 13 years of operation, the dropout rate is .03 percent. Visit the Georgia school at http://www.gacec.com/