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2014 Reward Schools: Carroll County

2014 Reward Schools: Carroll County

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has released its list of 2014 Reward Schools.

Such schools are identified under the state's waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. They are Title I schools that fall into one of two categories.

Carroll County's 2014 Reward Schools include:

Highest Performing -- Among the top 5 percent of Georgia's Title I schools; have highest absolute performance from all student groups for at least three years
* Ithica Elementary School
* Providence Elementary School
* Roopville Elementary School

Highest Progress -- Among the top 10 percent of Georgia's Title I schools; make the most progress in improving performance from all student groups for at least three years
* KidsPeace
* Temple Elementary School

PROBE College Fair coming to Carrollton

PROBE College Fair coming to Carrollton

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The popular PROBE College Fair will stop in Carrollton next week, giving high school students an opportunity to speak directly to representatives from their favorite colleges and universities.

The fair will be Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at the University of West Georgia's Coliseum.

A number of schools in several states, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia and the Carolinas, will be represented. See a complete list of participating colleges.

Learn more and register to attend the fair at gaprobe.org.

The Coliseum is located at 1601 Maple Street.

Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has made free interactive digital textbooks available on its website.

Students, parents and educators are welcome to use the books, which feature games, discussion questions, quizzes and other study elements.

They are available for middle and high school courses in such subjects as language arts, math, science, social studies, electives and several world languages -- Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin and Spanish.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said students who have used the digital textbook have had much classroom success with them.

Visit gavirtuallearning.org to access the textbook materials.

UWG Newnan campus receives renovation funding

UWG Newnan campus receives renovation funding

NEWNAN, Ga. -- The University of West Georgia has received more funding to continue renovations of Newnan Hospital, where its Coweta County campus is housed.

The city of Newnan contributed $1.6 million to the project. The monies will go toward more parking lots, sidewalks and landscaping. A year-end fundraiser allowed the school to acquire an additional $1 million to equip its nursing and science labs.

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Classes will be held at the Shenandoah Industrial Park while the campus undergoes renovations. The work is expected to be completed in August 2015.

"Together, we look forward to a new era of opportunity when this first-rate facility opens for classes next summer," UWG President Kyle Marrero said in a release.

2 Carrollton schools named Alert Schools

2 Carrollton schools named Alert Schools

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has released its 2014 list of Alert Schools, which includes two schools in Carroll County.

An Alert School cannot be identified as a Priority or Focus school under Georgia's waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. It must show a lack of progress on statewide assessments among all students over the past three school years, and is based on the lowest achievement of the "all students" group.

Carroll County's Alert Schools include Central High School (within Carroll County Schools) and Carrollton High School (within Carrollton City Schools).

Back to school: Free and reduced-price lunch guidelines

Back to school: Free and reduced-price lunch guidelines

(WXIA) -- Thousands of Georgia students return to the classroom this week, and many of them meet the requirements for free and reduced-price meals during the school day.

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"It is important to provide our students with healthy, nutritious meals to help improve their chances of success and increase their learning opportunities," Georgia Department of Education School Nutrition Director Nancy Rice said in a statement. "Research indicates that eating habits affect learning. We want to ensure all our children are well nourished and ready to learn."

Families that qualify for free and reduced-price lunch will get applications from their children's schools.

Students can receive the meals if:

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

(WXIA) -- This weekend will be a holiday for Georgia families in more ways than one.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended construction-related lane closures on all major interstates and highways within five miles of malls and shopping districts.

This will allow parents and students to enjoy the tax-free shopping weekend without the added stress of road delays.

"The sales tax holiday is an opportunity for Georgians to save a little money during these challenging economic times," GDOT Commissioner Keith Golden said. "The department is glad to offer some relief from lane closures as families prepare for school."

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