The Floyd County Board of Education has approved a revised calendar for next school year that changes the start date for students from August 1st to August 8th. According to a Floyd County Schools media release, Superintendent Dr. Lynn Plunkett made a motion to change the start date for the school year in order to save jobs and important school programs, a motion that was unanimously approved by the school board. The change will also remove three additional work days from the calendar for employees that will be taken from teacher planning days in the calendar. Local schools will determine which days will be taken for the three additional reduced work days at the local schools.
Berry College Communication Professor Kathy Brittain Richardson has been named “Teacher of the Year” by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Small Programs Interest Group. According to a Berry media release, Richardson will be honored in August at the Association’s annual meeting in Chicago.
The Eighth Regiment Band will team up with members of the Cherokee Artillery this Saturday and Sunday, May 19th and 20th to perform at the reenactment of the Battle of Resaca. It is a part of regional events to commemorate the 150th anniversary (or sesquicentennial) of the Civil War. John Carruth, Director of the Eighth Regiment Band, says that the Battle of Resaca was an important one. It took place in Resaca, which is just outside of Calhoun. Carruth says the Battle of Resaca was the biggest of the Civil War in the state of Georgia, in terms of the number of participants.
Georgia’s First Lady Sandra Deal paid a visit to Rome yesterday evening. She was the guest speaker at the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Rome XXIX graduation dinner at Rome’s ECO Center at Ridge Ferry Park. Some 29 local leaders graduated from this year’s Leadership Rome class.
The Floyd County Board of Assessors mailed out property assessment notices yesterday. Some 48,000 notices will arrive at local residents’ mail boxes in the coming days. Those with questions can call Floyd County Chief Tax Appraiser Bill McWhorter at (706) 291-5143 for real property or (706) 291-5125 for personal property.