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Muscogee School Board discusses finances, better behavior initiatives

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

The Right from the Start initiative is one of several crime prevention programs that recently received a renewal of funding from Columbus City Council at their last meeting. The Muscogee County School District received a presentation from the group at their work session describing how they are teaching healthy relationship skills and using abstinence education to keep the lives of young people on track.  The latest figures show that underage pregnancy has fallen from 5% to 3% in Muscogee County over the last six years, which is slightly above the Georgia average of 2%.

The school board also received a presentation from an administrator of the Superintendent's new early warning system. Board members received an in depth look at the new technology that will help parents stay on top of their child's attendance, discipline, and academic performance. As long as the parents provide a working phone number or e-mail address, the system is designed to send an electronic warning to the parent if their child falls above or below the respective threshold in those areas. The Superintendent argues that this is the most comprehensive way to keep parents in the loop and ensure they receive adequate notice about behavior problems before they reach unmanageable levels.

Newly elected board members John F. Thomas and Frank Meyers were present in the audience.  They will take their seats on the board in January.  Thomas said his eye was immediately drawn to $1.5 million worth of expenses related to the school lunch program under the categories of "marketing" and "other professional services."  He has questions what type of marketing is involved in a school lunch.  It's a subject that was not addressed during the discussion; however, several board members expressed their concern about the way the district does business with educational software companies.  They implored the administrators in charge of buying to make sure they are getting the most competitive prices.

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