2005-09-28 / Front Page

College admission standards discussed at BOE meeting

By Deborah Bennett Millen News Editor

Jenkins County High School Counselor Ruth Hearn presented information during the Monday, Sept. 19, meeting of the Jenkins County Board of Education that outlined changes to the state’s college admission standards.

The most important change, Hearn noted, was the elimination of SAT and ACT scores in determining an applicant’s eligibility for admission to any of the state’s 13 public 2-year colleges, two state colleges and three “university colleges” located at state universities. The change is part of a new pilot admissions program that began Fall 2005.

She also noted that eligibility for the Hope Scholarship was expected to decline by 30 percent next year due to changes in the way grade point averages are calculated with other changes affecting Hope to take effect in 2007.

Karen Johnson and Sandra Sherrod of the Jenkins County Athletic Boosters Club met with BOE members seeking permission to sell commemorative bricks that would be used to construct a commemorative area at the Jenkins County High School (JCHS) football field. The cost of the bricks would be $35 with two lines of print on each brick. Funds derived from the sale of the bricks would be used to purchase a wrought iron “Eagle” that would be placed in the commemorative area. The request was approved.

Jenkins County School Superintendent Hayward Cordy reported enrollment at the various schools as follows: JCHS, 496, a gain of 10 students; Jenkins County Middle School, 428, a gain of eight students; and Jenkins County Elementary School, 816, a loss of 17 students. Total enrollment was reported at 1,740, a gain of one student over the last reporting period. BOE members also approved a Georgia School Board Association E-solutions grant that will enable the local school system to revise and place its policy manual online, along with board meeting information, including agendas, supporting documents and reports and minutes. Board members will use lap top computers to access information during board meetings, eliminating the need for photocopies. Other actions taken by the BOE included the following:  approved a contract for membership in RESA;  approved club advisors for 2005-2006;  approved a grounds maintenance bid from Bazemore Services in the amount of $28,800 annually;  approved a bid from Rocker Supply in the amount of $11,000 for the demolition and removal of two metal buildings at the old bus shop;

 approved a construction bid from Kenton Jenkins in the amount of $18,500 for interior work at the new bus shop office complex;

 approved a bid from Hagan and Oliver in the amount of $6,525 for air conditioning work;

 approved the Jenkins County School Food Service 2005-2006 budget;

 approved the appointment of Marie Taylor as part time Student Information System Coordinator; and

 approved several school fundraising activities.

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