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Robert Avossa named Fulton superintendent finalist

Robert Avossa named Fulton superintendent finalist

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Board of Education announces that Robert Avossa is its finalist for the Fulton County School System superintendent.

Following a 14-day public comment period, which begins on Monday, Apr. 11, the board plans to formally tender the position to Avossa.

"Robert Avossa's educational philosophy has been shaped by his personal and professional experiences. He is a strong coalition builder who believes that every child can learn," said Linda Schultz, president of the Fulton County School Board. "Robert has worked in systems that are as large or larger than Fulton, and he knows how to include all stakeholders in the educational process. He has particular expertise leveraging data-driven accountability programs and demonstrated results in raising the bar and closing the gap.

Georgia Connections Academy names first principal

Georgia Connections Academy names first principal

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy (GACA) has announced that Heather Robinson has been appointed as principal for the new statewide virtual charter school.

GACA is the state's first full-time virtual character school and will serve students in grades K-12 from across Georgia.

The school was recently approved by the Georgia Charter School Commission. Enrollment began on Friday, Apr.

Georgia Grown program kicks off with sweet potato fries in schools

Georgia Grown program kicks off with sweet potato fries in schools

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Students were in for a treat when sweet potato fries were recently introduced to school lunch menus in Fulton County.

The school district held promotional events to raise awareness about how sweet potato fries are rich in vitamins A and C.

The healthier fries are part of the Georgia Grown and Farm to School programs, which were started in February and will continue throughout the school year.

The Farm to School initiative is a national movement dedicated to providing students with local fresh fruits and vegetables. Georgia Grown is an association of in-state farmers who provide produce to schools and businesses.

Thanks to Georgia Grown, students will be provided with a fresh fruit or vegetable from a farm in Georgia each week.

43 Fulton science projects advance to state fair

43 Fulton science projects advance to state fair

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Nearly 240 budding scientists and engineers recently displayed their exhibits at the 2011 Fulton County Schools Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

The junior division of the competition (grades six through 8) drew 80 submissions, while the senior division (grades nine through 12) received 90.

After earning first place at the county level, 43 projects now advance to the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair, which will be held on Friday, Apr. 1 and Saturday, Apr.

Metro Atlanta students named officers of state Beta Club

Metro Atlanta students named officers of state Beta Club

DALLAS, Ga. -- Three students from Metro Atlanta high schools are the new officers of the Georgia Senior Beta Club.

The officers were elected during the Georgia chapter's annual conference at the beginning of March:

* President: Caleb Swiney (North Paulding High, Dallas)
* Vice President: Jared Moto (Chattahoochee High, Johns Creek)
* Secretary: Kristyn Stanback (Northview High, Johns Creek)

"I don't remember what I felt when they called my name," said Swiney, who is active in North Paulding High's Beta Club. "I just remember the club swarmed me.

Fulton County students excel at Grade 8 Writing Assessment

Fulton County students excel at Grade 8 Writing Assessment

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Once again, students in Fulton County are excelling on state assessments.

With 91 percent of all students meeting or exceeding standards for the 2011 Grade 8 Writing Assessment, Fulton is four percentage points higher than the Metro Atlanta average and nine percentage points higher than the state.

"We have seen significant improvement over the past five years," said Superintendent Cindy Loe. "In 2007, our scores were around 80 percent, but have climbed to 91 percent.

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