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Regents vote to hike health costs for employees

Regents vote to hike health costs for employees

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Board of Regents is raising health insurance premiums for employees and cutting coverage for about 700 workers.

The board voted Tuesday to hike rates by 5.2 percent. The university system will save $30 million by limiting access to certain doctors and hospitals.

University system workers, like all state employees, received no pay increase this year.

The board also voted to cut insurance for about 700 part-time employees by raising the minimum number of hours they have to work to qualify for coverage from 20 to 30 per week. The change will save about $1.5 million.

This is the first time since 2008 that insurance premiums have increased.

Gainesville State president will retire next summer

Gainesville State president will retire next summer

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Gainesville State College President Dr. Martha T. Nesbitt announced Monday that she plans to retire at the end of this academic year.

Nesbitt is the college's third president. She was also the first female president and first president to serve under the school's "state college" status.

One of only nine female presidents in the 35 University System of Georgia (USG) institutions, Nesbitt took over leadership of then-Gainesville College in 1997. Under her guidance and leadership, GSC became one of the first tobacco-free colleges in the country.

"I have been fortunate to work with a wonderful faculty and staff as GSC has grown and added more opportunities for our students and Northeast Georgia," Nesbitt said. "These include new academic programs, another campus, support services and campus life activities.

Sending Your Baby To Kindergarten

Sending Your Baby To Kindergarten

 

The school bell will ring soon and many parents will send a child to kindergarten. This is always an emotional time for parents. For some, it will be sending your first born and for others it will be sending the youngest of four. Kindergarten is an important milestone in your child’s life. Your child’s maturity will grow tremendously this year and you’ll get to see a small glimpse of how your hard work over the past 5 years has shaped your child. It wasn’t that long ago that you held your precious baby in your arms for the first time. Where did the time go? Now it’s time to send that little baby off to kindergarten. For most this will be the first full school day, the first  year to ride the school bus, the first year to have homework, and the first year when peer influences begin to play a role.

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Brenau Gains Highest Status in National ‘Great Colleges to Work For’ Survey

Brenau Gains Highest Status in National ‘Great Colleges to Work For’ Survey

 

Gainesville. GA --  Brenau University joined an elite group of national universities this week when it gained "Honor Roll" status in The Chronicle of Higher Education's 2011 "Great Colleges to Work For" rankings.

Brenau was recognized with highest distinction in six of the 11 surveyed categories resulting in its "Honor Roll" status.

Schools vie for charter school of year award

Schools vie for charter school of year award

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Charter Schools Association has created a "charter school of the year" award with help from the Coca-Cola Foundation.

The first winner of the award will be announced at the association's annual meeting in October in Macon. The award carries a $50,000 prize.

Schools in the 18-county Metro Atlanta area can qualify. They must have been open five years and have demonstrated academic success and sound fiscal practices.

RELATED: 11 charter schools receive key approval

Georgia has more than 200 charter schools statewide. The schools are funded by taxpayer dollars but are given flexibility in how they meet federal education benchmarks.

Free and cheap school supplies

Free and cheap school supplies

ATLANTA -- This is the best time of year to buy both school supplies and office supplies.  Some things are as low as a penny, or even free after rebates!

I set out to find the best deals on a typical kindergarten or first grade supply list from Atlanta Public Schools.

I found the most convenient way to buy supplies is to order them through SchoolPak.com. The company will ship a box of required supplies to your home or school. The first grade list came to $55.34 including shipping.

I set out to see if I could find better deals in the stores. First our summer intern Katie and I went through the weekly sale flyers in search of the lowest possible prices for every item on our list.