Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

June 7, 2013

Thumbs up, thumbs down

-- — THUMBS UP: To State Rep. Amy Carter. Earlier this week, Georgia Trend named her one of the magazine’s four Power Women for 2013. The magazine selects Georgia women who are “effective, hard working, well regarded by their peers and committed to the causes or endeavors they support.” Congratulations!

THUMBS UP: To the topping-out ceremony for Pinevale Elementary School this week and its honoring of past school administrators and educators. While the building and ceremony committed the community to the future of education, organizers took a few moments to remember the past. Among those honored was C.C. Hall, the first principal of the original Pinevale from 1957-68.   

THUMBS UP: To Georgia Christian School, which also moves forward by looking to its past. In addition to bringing back a football team later this year, the school reinstituted the Office of President. On June 1, Georgia Christian Headmaster Brad Lawson became the school’s first president in decades. Burt Copeland becomes the school’s principal officially later this month.

THUMBS DOWN: To the move to end the Valdosta City Schools’ Ombudsman program. The Ombudsman program provided alternative learning for at-risk students. Valdosta school board members voted in March to discontinue the program for the next academic year. Given the inspirational Ombudsman graduation ceremony held last week, perhaps school officials can find a way to incorporate the program’s successes into future plans for at-risk students.

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