Intern working on new projects at gallery
By Jared Stepp
Since bidding farewell to Kelsey McMillan, a new intern has arrived at the Fire House Gallery. Rob Yates of Toccoa has taken over, bringing with him a wealth of video, literature and dramatic experience.
Yates said he wanted to get the video production up and running.
“I wanted to help start Dramatic arts and films for the gallery,” Yates said. “I also wanted to write grants for non profit organizations.”
Yates recently graduated from Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn. majoring in English Lit with a minor in Bible studies and Writing. He said he hopes to get more experience in organizing programs by interning at the Gallery.
Yates said in the future he would like to go to grad school for Literature or Writing and would like to teach, rather in high school or college.
Currently Yates is working with high school students for a video production on Shakespeare’s play, Henry VIII. The teenagers learn basic video techniques, using lighting, video equipment and interviewing skills to learn how to do documentaries on camera.
“They read through the acts,” Yates said. “Everyone acts throughout the play, no one sits down. It has a very hands-on feel.”
They then discuss the play and eat dinner, followed by the viewing of film adaptations of the play. The program was a five-week project.
He hopes to launch projects like Jefferson County Goods through Fire Team Productions.
Jefferson County Goods, a video series, highlights people, places and things that are interesting in Jefferson County. Yates said they did a video on Louisville resident Rosa Green and her search to complete a scrapbook in which she traced her family back to her great grandfather. Yates said the whole process is very interesting.
Videos by Yates and for the Art Gallery can be found on the Gallery’s Facebook page and Youtube under the name Fire Team Productions.
Yates said he was very excited about starting the video revolution at the Gallery. “We’re really trying to get the Fire Team productions up and running,” he said.
The next upcoming show at the gallery will be Primordial Singularities by Bryan Giloni from Swainsboro. Yates said Giloni uses objects he finds to paint over in abstract forms, creating textured works with darker colors. The opening reception will be Aug. 7 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Yates said he feels very welcome in Louisville, saying there was a warm response as he moved. “I look forward to getting to know more of the county,” he said.
The Firehouse Gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Glascock students return to class Monday
By Faye Ellison
The Glascock County Consolidated School will open its doors Monday morning, welcoming around 650 students in grades kindergarten through 12th.
Glascock County Superintendent Jim Holton said even though the school made AYP for the second consecutive year, one of the school system’s major goals is to improve student achievement and meet AYP for the third straight year.
“Even with increasing state funding losses, we expect to continue to provide high level education services for the children of Glascock County,” Holton said.
Striving to provide students with the most up-to-date technology and instructional materials in order to prepare them for success, the school system updated student computers, and all core curriculum classrooms in grades kindergarten through 12 are furnished with an LCD projector or a combination LCD projector and interactive white board.
“Technology is also being used to improve communication with parents and the community,” Holton said.
Holton said that there is more information on the school website than ever before, and asked parents and students to check periodically for updates and information. Student supply lists are presently posted on the GCCS school website www.glascock.k12.ga.us and are also available at Wal-Mart in Thomson, and Wal-Mart in Sandersville.
“We are looking forward to another successful school year,” Holton said. “Although our state funding levels were lower last year than they have been in recent years, as a whole our CRCT scores were very good. Since the funding problem remains an issue this year, the support of parents, teachers, and community is very important.”
Due to state funding losses the school year has also been shortened by four days for a total of 176 days for students and 180 days for teachers.
“Additionally, textbooks have become increasingly expensive,” Holton added. “Please encourage your child to help us reduce loss and damage to textbooks and technology components as they are costly to replace.
“The beginning of school each year marks a time of excitement and renewal for students as well as our educational staff.?I anticipate great success from everyone and look forward to the new year.”
Open House will be held on Friday, July 30 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. It will be an opportunity for students and parents to meet their new teachers, as well as learn of new programs the school has established.
Teachers will begin pre-planning on Thursday, July 29, and students will report on Monday, Aug. 2. The school day will run from 7:55 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.
Principal hired to take over at JCHS
By Carol McLeod
Jefferson County School Board officials named Alan Long as the new principal at Jefferson County High School.
The board held a called meeting Tuesday, July 13, but had no recommendation at that time. A week and a half later on Thursday, July 22, the board held another called meeting. After an executive session lasting more than two hours, the board announced Long’s appointment.
Long, who completes his dissertation final defense this fall, holds a bachelor’s, master’s and specialist’s degree in education. His doctorate will be in administrative leadership, he said in an interview Monday, July 26.
Long is certified in four fields, health, physical education, administration and special education.
The board chose Long from an initial pool of 53 applicants.
Dr. Molly Howard, the school’s former principal and the system’s new superintendent, said Tuesday, July 27, applicants applied from as far as New York.
Fewer than five employees of the school system applied for the post, she said.
Howard said the job was listed on the Teach Georgia website and the county’s school system website for two weeks.
The state requires a school council to be involved in the selection process, Howard said, adding the state does not specify the number or percentage of applicants for the school council to interview.
Howard said she recommended four candidates for them to review. The high school’s school council is made up of five people, a teacher, a business leader and parents.
Howard said she and the school board staff looked over all the applications and grouped the applicants into three tiers.
Tiers one and two were similar, she said. Candidates with no experience were placed in the third tier.
Four candidates were interviewed by the school council and the school leadership team. Howard said the school leadership team is made up of the assistant principals, department chairs and counselors of the school.
“They developed a list of questions,” Howard said. “About 15 questions related to education philosophy, knowledge of curriculum and of instruction. The interviews were scheduled and conducted. The applicants had no prior knowledge of the questions.”
Howard said the candidates were allowed two or three minutes to talk about themselves and then the groups asked questions.
“The candidates had a few minutes to close,” she said, adding the candidate then left and the groups discussed the applicant before the next interview.
The groups recommended Long to Howard. She said his selection had been a “clear choice.”
“I was in the room but I sat in the back,” she said of the interviews. After each interview, she left the room so the groups could discuss the candidate in private, she said.
“It is a valuable process,” she said of the way the principal was selected. It allows parents and school leaders to have input, which Howard said is critical in helping the principal forge a positive relationship with staff and parents.
Long and his wife have four children. Their only daughter will start school this year as a freshman.
“My daughter was with me the other night and she’s with me now,” Long said Monday. She plays basketball and softball and was looking forward to practice Monday night, he said.
“She’s excited about that,” Long said.
Long’s last assignment was in Dalton where he was principal of Southeast Whitfield High School, a position he held for five years. Prior to that, he was the assistant principal and athletic director at the school.
Long said he visited the school Friday; but, Monday was his first day on the job.
“The biggest adjustment is to adjust your family to a different place,” he said of coming to Jefferson County.
“A high school principal is such an important position in a community. The challenge is, especially with school starting, you’ve got to get out and really meet people,” he said, adding parents need to be able to trust a principal with their children.
“Learning the community is important,” he said.
Howard agrees and said she looks forward to working with Long.
“I think Alan’s the type of person who has a track record of school improvement, student achievement and increasing graduation rates,” she said. “I think he and his family will be a good addition to the community.”
City, county and officers named in lawsuit
By Carol McLeod
Two women filed suit June 29 in federal court against several police officers and deputies, along with the City of Wadley and Jefferson County in connection to an incident the suit states occurred last year.
The women are Laura “Beth” Tidwell and Lora Lynne Logue. Another plaintiff is an unnamed minor child.
The suit states incidents occurred Sept. 14, 2009, and Sept. 15, 2009, and involved the pursuit, seizure, arrest, incarceration and abuse of both women and the terrorizing of the child who witnessed many of these events.
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The suit further states the plaintiffs were lawfully in the area and were not in violation of any law, that the plaintiffs stopped at a store where they were seen and subsequently followed by one of the defendants. A Wadley police officer named in the suit stopped the plaintiffs and told Logue she was in violation of a temporary protective order, the suit states.
The suit states Logue was pushed against a police car by one of the officers, was placed in jail without her medicine and was not allowed her medicine, that she became ill and was refused proper medical care.
When Tidwell arrived at the jail with Logue’s medicine, Tidwell was arrested, the suit states.
The suit names Patrick Paquette, B. Alan Logue Jr., Bruce A. Logue Sr., Charles Gibbons, Jason Shealy, Gary Hutchins, Wesley Lewis, a jailer identified as John Doe, Jefferson County and the City of Wadley as defendants in this case.
Although the suit does not specify a monetary figure, it does ask for compensation for medical expenses, loss of earnings, pain and suffering, fees and costs of litigation and a punitive award.
Neither John Murphy, Wadley’s city attorney, nor Mickey Moses, Jefferson County’s attorney, had a comment on the suit.
A lawsuit reflects only one side of an issue and should not imply the relative guilt or innocence of those therein named.