Eyewitness News at Six July 16, 2013

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Crawford County Schools are cutting their school year....and making one of the shortest in Central Georgia.

Elise Brown went to Roberta to find out why.....and get reaction.

 

The eagles will be soaring for a shorter school year.

Superintendent John Douglas says due to nearly 1.2 million dollars cuts in state funding.....the Crawford County School year will be 160 days.

Last year...it was 175 days.

<wasn't anything else left to cut. Our board has been discussing this for years now.>

 

That pushes the first day of school...until after Labor Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and hopefully...of course we're gonna save on diesel fuel and hopefully electricity and utilities. >

 

Phyllis Ellison has kids in the Crawford school system....And is ok with the new start date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

<I can enjoy them for a little bit longer this summer.>

 

But Ellison wants to make sure the shorter school year won't affect her kids' education.

And she's not alone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I believe the children need to get as much education as possible because our kids do need to be very educated these days. >

 

 

 

 

 

<we're gonna do the very best that we can to educate our children here in Crawford County, because that's what we love to do. We're passionate about that. >

To help make up for the shorter year....students will be in class longer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

<extending the hours each day, I guess that'll kind of make up for what they'll be missing out on. >

 

Douglas says that even with cuts in past years....the school system has continued to improve its test scores.

And he's confident this year won't be any different.

Elise Brown, 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.

On July 30th the superintendent and others will meet at the school board offices..to figure out more details about the coming year.

He says people are welcome to make suggestions.

That will be on Tuesday.... July 30th at 6:30 p.m.... at 190 East Crusselle Street.... in Roberta.

We looked at starting dates...and the length of the school year....for Central Georgia districts.

And we found they're all over the map.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crawford County now has the latest starting date in the area...on the day after Labor Day.

 

The earliest is Dooly County. Their students report back to the classroom next Monday....the 22nd. County has been on a year round school calendar for several years now..

Most public school students head back to school in the first week of August.

Crawford County now has the latest starting date in the area...on the day after Labor Day.

 

Crawford County now has the latest starting date in the area...on the day after Labor Day.

 

Crawford County now has the latest starting date in the area...on the day after Labor Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There's also a big gap in the length of the school year.

 

Three years ago...the state said districts could cut the number of school days down from 180. That was the traditional minimum.

Now districts just need to provide a certain number of hours of instruction time...regardless of how many days they're in session.

For grades 6 through 12...that's about a thousand hours a year.

There's also a big gap in the length of the school year.

 

There's also a big gap in the length of the school year.

 

There's also a big gap in the length of the school year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Several districts are still sticking to 180 days in class.....like Houston...Baldwin and Jones counties.

 

But others have cut back. Wilcox County High is in session for 159 days this year....Peach....170...and Crawford County High is scheduled for 160 days.

The average school year in Central Georgia right now....is 175 days.

 

Several districts are still sticking to 180 days in class.....like Houston...Baldwin and Jones counties.

 

Several districts are still sticking to 180 days in class.....like Houston...Baldwin and Jones counties.

 

Several districts are still sticking to 180 days in class.....like Houston...Baldwin and Jones counties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bibb County students will be in the classroom for 178 days..The first day for Bibb students is August 1..

Today's 13 WMAZ dot com web poll asks...

 

 

Does a shorter school calendar in Georgia schools hurt learning?

 

So far 55 percent of you say yes... 45 percent say no.

 

 

 

To vote now... Visit 13WMAZ.com.

 

Look for the question on the right side of the homepage.

With Bibb County students headed back to school soon...the county health department wants to make sure they're fit...and ready.

They're sponsoring a back-to-school carnival next week....as a one-stop event for kids' health checks.

That includes immunization...dental...hearing...and vision screening...and more.

 

 

It happens from 9 a.m. To 3 p.m.....on Monday...the 29th.

 

The Bibb County health department is located at 171 Emery Highway....in Macon.

People all over the nation are still rallying from the not guilty verdict for George Zimmerman

He is the neighborhood watchman who shot trayvon martin over a year ago.

Here in Macon... Some people gathered at Greater Friendship Baptist Church in Macon... To hold a vigil in memory of the teenager.

 

Katelyn Heck joins us from the vigil...Katelyn?

Thank you Katelyn.

We'll have an update on the march held in downtown Macon tonight... On Eyewitness News at Eleven.

A SPLOST project is taking shape in Centerville.

The city's new courthouse is slowly coming together... And the police department is getting a new home.

Jennifer Moulliet shows you how it's all taking shape..

The foundation is set... And the walls are starting to take shape... To centerville's new police department... Chief Sidney Andrews welcomes the upgrade.

Over the last couple of years they've had to replace all air conditioning units in their current building.

 

<if we run too many appliances at the same time it'll flip breakers in the building and we literally have to go into the attic to fix the problem. >

 

 

 

 

<it's time for the building to be replaced it's just been from a facility maintenance stand point it's been a nightmare for the city>

 

 

 

 

<there's going to be a lot of security improvements we're going to have what I would call real jail cells what we have now is some stuff that's been rigged up not exactly the safest thing to house prisoners which we only house the temporary but we want to be as safe as possible >

 

 

 

 

Chief sidney andrews says they're excited for their new station... And grateful to the community for voting for the 2013 special option sales tax... Which will fund the new police station... And this building which used to be a library... but when construction is complete... It will be centerville's new court building.

 

 

 

 

<this room right here will actually be our municipal court clerk's office.>

 

 

 

 

It will have two walk up windows... A bathroom and a storage closest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

<we're looking at the courtroom itself, i'm standing behind the judges bench course we'll have a prosecutor and defender table and then we'll have court benches or pews if you will. Now they hold court in a community room inside city hall.

 

In centerville... Jennifer moulliet 13wmaz eyewitness news.

The total cost for both buildings is around two point seven million dollars.

Eidson says rain has created a challenge during construction but their target date for both projects to be completed is next january.

Macon and Bibb County voters approved consolidation of the city and county governments last year.. Since then a transition team has been working to have the new government ready to take control on January 1st.

In this week's Close-Up program.. State Rep. Allen Peake talks with Randall Savage about state revenue increases.. The Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections.. And his hopes that the consolidated government will improve political relationships and make the government more efficient.

< Allen Peake, State Representative: I'm hoping we're going to get some new fresh blood for the consolidated government with new ideas and new energy to go tackle those problems without the old dysfunction that we've had in the past, and so I feel confident, very confident, that we're going to move forward with the consolidated government in a good manner.>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can catch Close-Up in its entirety at noon Saturday and six a.m. Sunday on 13 WMAZ.

 

The Emergency room at Peach County Medical center was closed for six hours today.

But that's because,Le shows us, they were moving from the old place... Into a new space.

Kenneth Paz called the Peach Regional Medical Center home for the last 10 months because of a car accident.

 

<he's suffering from brain damage. That's why he's still in the hospital>

But a few minutes and a short ride down the street ... He found a bed waiting for him at the newly opened Medical Center of Peach County

 

 

 

 

<i followed him when he moved from medical center from macon to peach regional. It's only fitting to come with him on this trip, too>

Construction of the new hospital started May of last year and was completed 13 months later. The transition ...

 

 

 

 

<oh it was very smooth. I tried to get down here early to pack up some of his belongings. It was already done>

 

 

 

 

<standup - about 20 workers are left here manning the old hospital. They'll be here until the last ER patient leaves>

Paz was the last in-patient from Peach Regional and the first at The Medical Center. He was ready for the move ... Even dressed in a t-shirt that read ...

 

 

 

 

<i'm the reason for the move (laugh)>

Paz will be able to break in the new technology at the 30-million dollar hospital that officially opened its doors at noon.

Judy Le 13wmaz eyewitness news

Peach Regional Medical Center has been serving the community for over 60 years.

The new hospital is located off hwy 247 in Byron..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crawford County now has the latest starting date in the area...on the day after Labor Day. Crawford County now has the latest starting date in the area...on the day after Labor Day. Crawford County now has the latest starting date in the area...on the day after Labor Day. There's also a big gap in the length of the school year. There's also a big gap in the length of the school year. There's also a big gap in the length of the school year. Several districts are still sticking to 180 days in class.....like Houston...Baldwin and Jones counties. Several districts are still sticking to 180 days in class.....like Houston...Baldwin and Jones counties. Several districts are still sticking to 180 days in class.....like Houston...Baldwin and Jones counties.

 

Crawford County now has the latest starting date in the area...on the day after Labor Day. Crawford County now has the latest starting date in the area...on the day after Labor Day. There's also a big gap in the length of the school year. There's also a big gap in the length of the school year. Several districts are still sticking to 180 days in class.....like Houston...Baldwin and Jones counties. Several districts are still sticking to 180 days in class.....like Houston...Baldwin and Jones counties.

 

Crawford County now has the latest starting date in the area...on the day after Labor Day. There's also a big gap in the length of the school year. Several districts are still sticking to 180 days in class.....like Houston...Baldwin and Jones counties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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