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Effective July 1, 2014, all children born on or after January 1, 2002 who are attending seventh grade and children who are new entrants into Georgia’s schools must receive an additional dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccine and one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine. Parents whose students do not hold a current immunization schedule must obtain a GA Form 3231 from their physician or Health Department. Students who do not meet these immunization requirements will be withdrawn from school. Please contact Licia Evans RN at (770) 229-3700 or the Spalding County Health Department at (770) 467-4740 for additional information. Thank you for your assistance with this matter.

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At the June 2, 2015 meeting, the Griffin-Spalding Board of Education approved Marty Shiver as the assistant principal at Spalding High School.

Shiver has been with the Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) for over 25 years. He began his career teaching physical education at Jackson Road Elementary School. Shiver then spent over 20 years at Taylor Street Middle School and Rehoboth Road Middle School teaching health and physical fitness and explorations in technology. Shiver also served as a Response to Intervention (RTI) and Student Support Team (SST) coordinator, on the leadership committee and school council and as the head football coach. Since 2014, Shiver has been employed at Spalding High School as a credit recovery administrator, data and assessment specialist, athletic director, assistant baseball coach and leadership team member.

He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Physical Education from Valdosta State University, his Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology from Georgia College and State University and his Specialist Degree in Administration and Leadership from the University of Southern Mississippi.

“His experience, enthusiasm and commitment made Marty Shiver an excellent choice for this position. I am confident we look will see continued success and great achievements at Spalding High School,” said Jim Smith, interim school superintendent.

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During the meeting the Commissioners recognized:   Chris Sprayberry, Help Desk Administrator with the Information Technology Department, as the May 2015 “Strongest Link” award recipient.

The “Strongest Link” Award is given monthly to a deserving employee who has demonstrated excellent performance and productivity, loyalty, professional pride, and other noteworthy accomplishments.
The Commissioners also recognized the graduates from the first annual Citizens Fire Academy class. The nine graduates are: Regina Stephens; Leslie Fagin; Mark Johnson; David Mann; Amy Mann; Gwendalyn Dallas; Jennifer Romes; Alexander Cain; and Garrett Tiller.

Also the Commissioners approved a Resolution adopting the annual Fiscal Year 2015–2016 Operating Budget.

Spalding County Commissioner Flowers-Taylor addressed the Commission regarding the extension of hours of local Parks and Recreation venues for the months of June and July 2015. Commissioner Flowers-Taylor would like the City to participate financially in the costs to extend the hours at three recreation centers from 10am to 8pm Monday thru Saturday for the months of June and July. At their last meeting Spalding County Commissioners approved $2000 for June and $2000 for July. She asked the City Commissioners for a matching amount. The Commissioners approved $4000 from the Commissioner’s contingence fund to be used to extend the hours of the three recreation centers in Spalding County for the months of June and July.

The Commissioners approved an ordinance amending the Code of Griffin at Chapter 18, AVIATION, by enacting a new Article V., SAFE, EFFICIENT USE AND PRESERVATION OF NAVIGABLE AIRSPACE. The Griffin-Spalding County Airport Authority has requested the City adopt FAA regulations imposing height limitations on obstructions (permanent and temporary) on private properties surrounding the Airport and under approach zones. These are general development regulations that will pertain to the existing airport and any future airport within the City. Enforcement of these regulations has been a condition of FAA grants to the City and County since at least 2001, but they were never formally incorporated into the Code of Griffin.

Approved a Job-Related Certification policy to encourage and reward employees for increasing their job related knowledge and enhancing their value to their department and the City the new policies will be effective July 1, 2015.

Approved the 2015 Chemical Annual Bid in the amount of $544,485.93 to eleven (11) vendors for the Water and Wastewater Department of the Public Works and Utilities Department.

Approved an amendment to McNaughton McKay for the Variable Frequency Drive in the amount of $16,101.18 for Still Branch Water Treatment Plant of the Public Works and Utilities Department.

The Commissioners approved on first reading of Ordinance revising the Code of Griffin, EXCISE TAX ON HOTELS, by increasing the rate of tax to 8.0% The increased rate will become effective August 1, 2015.

The Commissioners appointed Public Safety Director Frank Strickland and IT Network Administrator Gibb Cotton to the Griffin-Spalding 800 MHz Radio Users Group. The Group will meet quarterly to review overall operations and policies of the system and as often as necessary to provide input and recommendations on policies, contracts, and general operations to the County Commission.

Approved amending the current lease agreement with Law Offices of G. Alan Dodson, LLC for Suite 405 at One Griffin Center to adjust the ending date of the 36-month lease agreement to December 31, 2016. The incorrect date was December 31, 2017.

 

Griffin High School Class of 2015 graduate Cornelius Randolph, whose career on the diamond helped spark a resurgence of the Bears’ baseball program, was selected Monday by the Philadelphia Phillies with the tenth pick overall in the opening round of the Major League Baseball first year player draft.  Randolph, who is committed to play collegiately at Clemson should he forego signing with the Phillies, played multiple positions during his high school career and most notably hit .528 during his senior season. He projects in the eyes of most scouts as either a second baseman or shortstop at the next level. Randolph’s selection in the first round marks the first time a Griffin High player was selected in the opening round since 2008 when Tim Beckham was the top overall pick in the draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. His selection also made Randolph the first Bear to be chosen in the MLB draft since Telvin Nash went in the third round to the Houston Astros in 2009.

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During the meeting the Commissioners will Recognize Chris Sprayberry, Help Desk Administrator with the Information Technology Department, as the May 2015 “Strongest Link” award recipient.

Also the graduates from the first annual Citizens Fire Academy class will be recognized.

The Commissioners will receive comments regarding the proposed budgets for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2016.

Consider approval of a Resolution adopting the annual Fiscal Year 2015–2016 Operating Budget.

Spalding County Commissioner Flowers-Taylor requests to address the Commission regarding the extension of hours of local Parks and Recreation venues for the months of June and July 2015.

Consider approval of an ordinance amending the Code of Griffin at Chapter 18, AVIATION, by enacting a new Article V., SAFE, EFFICIENT USE AND PRESERVATION OF NAVIGABLE AIRSPACE. Griffin-Spalding County Airport.

Consider approval of a Job-Related Certification policy to encourage and reward employees for increasing their job-related knowledge and enhancing their value to their department and the City.

Also a Sign-On, Recruitment & Retention Bonus policy to provide the City with the ability to find, hire and retain quality employees in hard to fill classes of jobs.

Consider the approval of the 2015 Chemical Annual Bid in the amount of $544,485.93 to eleven (11) vendors for the Water and Wastewater Department of the Public Works and Utilities Department.

Consider approval of an amendment to McNaughton-McKay for the Variable Frequency Drive in the amount of $16,101.18 for Still Branch Water Treatment Plant of the Public Works and Utilities Department.

Consider approval on first reading an Ordinance revising the Code of Griffin, Georgia TAX ON HOTELS, by increasing the rate of tax to 8.0 percent effective August 1, 2015.

Appoint two (2) members to the Griffin-Spalding 800 MHz Radio Users Group.

Consider amending current lease agreement with Law Offices of G. Alan Dodson, LLC for Suite 405 at One Griffin Center to adjust ending date of 36-month lease agreement correctly to December 31,

 

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More than $250,000 in scholarships have been awarded to 126 Gordon State College students through the Gordon State College Foundation. 

The money will be distributed for use during the 2015-16 academic year. 

“These funds show that companies, organizations, families, and individuals have chosen to partner with the Gordon State College Foundation to help deserving students cover some of the cost of attending college,” said Rhonda Toon, executive director of the Gordon State College Foundation. “Developing or supporting a scholarship is a perfect way for a donor to connect with the future by making a difference in a student’s life.” 

More than 20 percent of the students receiving a scholarship are enrolled in bachelor degree programs. Of those students, the average scholarship award totals $2,000. Other awards average $1,800 each.

Seven new scholarship endowment funds have been established at Gordon in the past two years. 

Among the newest scholarship awards is one given to students who attended the Super Scholarship Saturday event in January. During the event students entered a drawing for scholarships up to $1,000.   Another is the Founders Day Celebration and Scholarship fundraiser event, sponsored by the Foundation, which was first held in Spring 2014 and raised enough money to endow a scholarship. The Spring 2015 event doubled that endowment.

 

 

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Eric Blehm, award-winning New York Times Best Selling author, is coming to Griffin to participate in the club’s annual Patriotic Day on June 24, 2015.

Blehm, who has dedicated his life to telling the stories of those who serve, has among his books, two best sellers, Fearless and The Only Thing Worth Dying For. Another one, The Last Season, was named by Outside Magazine as one of the “greatest adventure biographies ever written.”

The book Fearless is the inspiring story of Adam Brown and his tremendous efforts to rise to the top of the US Navy’s, Seal Team Six is being adapted for a film.

Blehm will speak to the members of the Griffin Kiwanis club and their guest at noon on June 24th. Then he will follow with a book signing for those present.

At about 2:00-4:00, the Kiwanis will host a meet the author and book signing supported by the Books A Million Company for the public. It will be conducted at the Kiwanis of Griffin Center on South Hill Street. The Kiwanis Club  encourages everyone to come on out and enjoy this great program. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Plans are being made for citizens other than just Kiwanis members to attend the luncheon and program.  On June 15, the Kiwanis Club will open up for non-members for any seats still left unreserved. The meal will only cost around $10.00. When the Fire Department limit for the building is reached, all reservations for the program will be cut off.

Later in the day starting at 7:00, he will have a shorter program with the residents at Sun City for a shorter version of his program.

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On Thursday June 4, 2015 at approximately 0432 hours members of the Griffin Police Department specifically Lt. James Richards’s shift (C) caught entering auto suspects inside a vehicle on Southridge Circle. The aggressive patrol and a call from a concerned citizen in the area led to the suspects being caught. Reginald Collier and Nilon Thompson of Griffin were arrested and charged with two counts each of Entering Auto.  If anyone has further information or if they have been a victim of Entering Auto in the area of Southridge Circle then they are to contact the Griffin Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 770-229-6452.

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The Griffin Spalding School System Board of Education met Tuesday June 4 th in a called meeting and appointed serving Interim Superintendent Jim Smith as the new School Superintendent for the School System.  Mr, Smith was selected as the finalist and the Board under Georgia Code had to wait for 14 days after the selection of a finalist to appoint a new Superintendent.  Smith has served as the Assistant School Superintendent for the past several years, and was formerly the Director of finance for the school system. Mr. Smith will fill the position formerly occupied by Dr. Curtis Jones. Dr. Curtis Jones accepted the position as School Superintendent of the Bibb County school System. WKEU joins with our community to congratulate Mr. Smith for the appointment and to wish him well in his new position.
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SPALDING COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

During the Meeting The Commissioners approved at second reading an Ordinance to increase the Hotel/Motel Occupancy Tax in Spalding County from 3% to 5% effective July 1, 2015.  
The commissioners Conducted a Public Hearing on the Proposed FY 2016 Budget but no one came forward with questions or comments about the budget.
 
Commissioner Flowers-Taylor requested:   consideration of changes to the proposed FY 2016 Budget with regards to refuse collection and disposal. In a letter to the board commissioner Flowers-Taylor said “I apologize for not being available for the budget hearings, however, I spoke with all of the Commissioners, prior to leaving about a win/win opportunity for residents and the BOC. I will ask to have our budget submission changed related to the possibility of receiving some revenues from our recycling/trash services. These fund could purchase equipment for that service and fund the education information required to make real recycling a viable part of a county resident’s lifestyle. After lengthy discussion it was decided to make no changes to the refuse collection budget this year but look for ways to make it better next year.
 
Commissioner Flowers-Taylor requested reconsideration of funding request approved for KIA Group at the May 18, 2015 meeting.  In a letter to the board Commissioner Flowers-Taylor said” I am concerned about the County’s Hotel Motel Tax funds being used to promote a private entity, particularly the KIA program. It is a non profit organization but it does not meet any of the criteria for use of Hotel Motel Tax, mainly that it will promote tourism.”  After some discussion the county attorney read the Hotel Motel Tax statute and it was determined it does meet the criteria.  
 
Commissioner Flowers-Taylor requested:   “Consideration for funding for extended hours at the three Recreation Centers this summer.  I am asking for 3000 out of our 2015 contingency fund to keep our part time P&R employees at all 3 recreation centers to  help supervise kids. I suggest that gyms open from 10 a till 8 pm. I believe that this gang recruiting problem that we have is the entire community’s responsibility, and for that reason I am prepared to ask others to provide us with softball, volleyball, basketball equipment, Board games and movies to keep the kids occupied.  
The commissioners Approved $2,000 from the contingency fund for keeping the centers open and to ask the city for matching funds.
 
The Commissioners Approved acceptance of a Right Of Way deed for “The Lakes Parkway” from the Griffin-Spalding Development Authority.
Approved an Addendum to the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements Program Memorandum of Understanding.  Spalding County, as well as all Georgia counties, are required to use the SAVE (Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements) Program to verify the lawful presence of all applicants for “public benefits”.
 
Approved requesting the Georgia Department of Transportation and Atlanta Regional Commission reallocate funding for replacement of the North Hill Street Bridge over Cabin Creek. 
The Commissioners Approved the establishment of and appointments to a Radio User’s Group as agreed to in the Intergovernmental Agreement dated April 15, 2015 with the City of Griffin. On or before July 1, 2015, the County shall form a Radio Users’ Group, consisting of two (2) persons appointed by the County, two (2) persons appointed by the City, and one (1) person appointed by any other user served by the system. Elected officers, appointed officers, or staff of the County and City may serve as members of this Group. The Users’ Group shall convene and meet quarterly to review overall operations and policies of the system and as often as necessary to provide input and recommendations on policies, contracts, and general operations to the County Commission. The County Radio Administrator shall prepare a monthly operations report and disseminate it to the parties and each member of the Radio Users Group. 
The commissioners appointed Assistant County Manager Eric Mosley and Communications Systems Specialist Mike Windham to the Radio User’s group.
 
Approved:  the cancellation of the  July 6, 2015 Board of Commissioner’s meeting. The County will observe the 4th of July holiday this year on Friday July 3, 2015.