Education

  Columbus middle schoolers create positive atmosphere with prayer lockers

“A lot of times, we think kids don’t have stresses," assistant principal Dr. Stefan Lawrence said, "because they don’t have a mortgage to pay, but it’s harder to be a kid than any time in history.”

  MCSD graduation decreases, remains above the state average

  Russell County Schools says shooting threat not credible, parents still concerned

  Japanese students spend time in the Fountain City as part of exchange program

  MCSD considers smartphone app to allow students and teachers to report bullying or threat of violence

Columbus High School teacher recognized as one of the nation’s top math teachers

  State of Education luncheon happens in Muscogee County

Continued Coverage

  Community reacts to removal of prayer before Opelika HS football game

  Harris Co. elementary school gets new playground for kids with special needs

  Southeastern Raptor Center preps for beloved Auburn eagle flight tradition

  All middle, high school MCSD students to receive Chromebooks as part of Personalized Learning Initiative

  Auburn football brings in millions of dollars to town, local businesses

New eagle ready to take flight ahead of Auburn’s first game of the season

  Auburn University ranked top college in Ala. by 3 major ranking outlets

“We’re so pleased to see these rankings indicate what we already know about Auburn University—that it’s a great place and a great value.”

  MCSD school bus involved in three-vehicle accident on Forrest Rd.

The Muscogee County School District will soon be making repairs to one of its school buses after a three-vehicle accident on Forrest Rd. earlier this week.

  Harris County residents worry rezoning land will impact school system

Although the planning commission denied the proposal, the ultimate decision is left up to the county commission. Residents here hope their concerns were heard at Wednesday’s meeting, and commissioners will take into account the impact this project could have on schools.

Shaw High School students praised for speaking up after threats made by another student

A group of students at Shaw High School in Columbus are being lauded by their principal after bringing administrators’ attention to a potential safety concern.

Auburn University reminds student about safe travel at night after attempted robbery

  Phenix City Mayor’s Ball Committee donates $25K in scholarship funds to CSU

  Ala. governor visits school district in Barbour Co., highlights importance of education

  Family creates memorial scholarship in honor of journalist Nancy Parker

  College and career academy completed at Jordan Vocational High School in Columbus

  Loachapoka High students participate in AU mentoring program

  Classmates mourn of the loss of Central High School senior class president

It’s a difficult day for students at Central High School in Phenix City, after their senior class president died four days after a car accident.

‘In God We Trust’ motto to appear in every Louisiana public school this fall

Each school can choose how they want to display the national motto, but there is a minimum requirement of at least a paper sign.

  New details in Phenix City school bus crash

One person involved in a crash involving a school bus in Phenix City remains in the hospital.

  CSU students move in to prep for another school year

Columbus State University are also ready to welcome incoming Freshmen.

Study: Auburn home to nation’s happiest students

Known as the “Loveliest Village on the Plains,” Auburn University was home to over 30,000 students in the 2018-19 school year.

Ala. looks to put stop to millions of school absences

There were around 6.5 million total absences in the 2018-19 school year throughout the state.

Alabama needs more teachers; state aims to solve the problem

Alabama schools are struggling to find teachers; specifically in math, science and special education.

  MCSD superintendent discusses plans for the new school year

As the new school year is underway, Dr. David Lewis, Muscogee County School District superintendent, discussed with News Leader 9 what’s ahead for this school year.

  Parents pay almost $700 on average for back-to-school supplies, according to National Retail Federation

As parents have been getting their kids ready for school, they've been forking over some big bucks in some cases, for school supplies and other things for the school year.

GALLERY: Send us your first day of school pics!

Kids across the Chattahoochee Valley are starting up a brand new school year and we want to see them!

Dozens of school districts want funds for security, report shows

“We have some schools that are new and that were built with that. Others are very old," Hollingsworth said.

Calvary Christian School kicks off 45th year in Columbus

Many students are heading back to school across the Chattahoochee Valley including students at Calvary Christian School who began the new school year Wednesday.

  Some Muscogee Co. educators participate in Teacher Institute at the River Center

On Tuesday, a group of third grade teachers learned how to incorporate arts into their curriculum.

New pre-k classrooms open, but advocates still want to cut down wait lists

Around 164 new Pre-K classes are making their way to Alabama for the upcoming school year.

  Three separate school supply giveaways stretch across Columbus

Different community organizations in Columbus all chose today to host their very own back to school bashes, stretching across the city and providing school supplies to hundreds of children.

  Columbus church holds health fair in conjunction with school supply giveaway

One Columbus church held a health fair with kids heading back to school in mind.

Envision Opelika brings pre-k back to the city

The Opelika First Class Pre-K Academy, a product of Envision Opelika, will house two First Class Pre-K classrooms serving a total of 36 children.

  Community leaders come together to give at-risk youth school supplies

A joint collaboration between several community organizations brought school supplies to at-risk youth in the community.

  Phenix City Schools open new transportation department

The department consists of over 60 drivers, as well as many other certified license holders.

  Phenix City teachers prepare for school with time and money

The halls of Westview Elementary School in Phenix City are waiting for students to return to the classrooms. Banners are up, teachers are painting, and schedules are made. While you’re preparing your children for school, teachers are preparing too.

Sumter Co. students to see changes for upcoming school year

Next week, students will fill the hallways of Sumter County Schools.

  Families of children who died in Lee Co.’s tornadoes mourning ahead of back-to-school season

Shamel Hart and her cousin, Tyesha Hart say helping their other children get ready for school this year has been heartbreaking without eight-year-old Mykhayla and nine-year-old Jonathan tagging along.

School start dates for the Chattahoochee Valley

Heads up parents! Summer is nearly over and that means a new school year is right around the corner too. Check below to see when your child is scheduled to be back in the classroom.

  New law aims to give more help to kids with dyslexia

The law will roll out over the next few years.

  MCSD addresses staffing concerns ahead of new school year

Leaders say that nearly all bus driver positions are filled and that while some teacher positions remain open, they are still hiring candidates daily.

  Students awarded scholarships from Phenix City Mayor’s Education and Charity Ball

The sixth Phenix City Mayor’s Education and Charity Ball was held this year. Around 800 people attended and raised more than $100,000.

  Georgia state leaders make moves to change education standards

Georgia parents who had to re-learn how to do math to help their kids under Common Core standards may have to learn a new system. This week, Georgia education leaders started the process of repealing and replacing the state’s K-12 education standards.

  Auburn SROs training ahead of school year

Auburn's SROs are working with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office on emergency response drills.

  Parents, residents pleased with bond approval for use of $46M of Auburn’s 5 Mill Tax Fund

Cary Woods Elementary School and J.F. Drake Middle School are already in stages of demolition, and this new money from Auburn’s 5 Mill Tax Fund will go toward the costs to rebuild the schools.

  MCSD hosts student success summit for parents, administrators, and teachers

The summit aims to equip parents, administrators, and teachers with information and strategies to assist them in helping students reach their ultimate potential.

  Citizens vote to use Special 5 Mill Tax Fund for Auburn City Schools’ facilities, renovation

91 percent of voters were in favor of using the Special 5 Mill Tax Fund for Auburn City Schools’ facilities, including major renovations to J.F. Drake Middle School and Cary Woods Elementary School.

  Columbus organization hopes for lower crime rates by connecting residents and local law enforcement

Leaders say the event was all about opening up conversations between local authorities and the community in order to help reduce unsolved crime rates in our area.

  MCSD Board member awards scholarships to local teens

The scholarship was created by Muscogee County School District Board member, Kia Chambers, in conjunction with her husband, Travis Chambers.

  Record-breaking crowds expected for Alabama’s tax-free weekend

The 14th annual Alabama back-to-school sales tax holiday is this weekend from July 19-21.

  Now is the time to get children back into the school routine

Summer is coming to a close and school is almost back in session; that means no more sleeping in and no more staying up late for the kiddos.

Auburn University’s $4.5 million separation agreement gains national attention

The $4.5 million settlement agreement between former Auburn University President Steven Leath and the Board of Trustees is garnering national attention.

  MCSD optimistic about transportation for upcoming school year

Leaders say staffing issues have bettered this year, with only 4 remaining openings and still a list of applicants to possibly fill them.

Auburn offering degrees in engineering, German

Auburn University has a new dual-degree program for students interested in both engineering and the German language

Columbus State students complete internship by working on ‘The Long Night’

Ten Columbus State University students have completed another step in their degree program by working on a Bruce Willis movie that was recently filmed in Columbus.

Sonic Drive-In celebrates Muscogee Co. teachers with $15K donation

Sonic rewarded 11 entrepreneurial teacher lead-projects at five schools. Teachers received a combined amount of $15,914.

Auburn University women take home second place in annual Air Race Classic

The Air Race Classic highlights female pilots from around the country in a 2,400 mile race with a different route each year.

  Elementary school time in Muscogee Co. remains the same for upcoming school year

The plan was for the school board to vote on the proposal to change the school time Monday, but after collecting information from parents and people in the community, the vote was pulled from the agenda.

  Columbus Technical College announces interim president

Columbus Tech will soon be under the leadership of Martha Ann Todd, the Technical College System of Georgia’s deputy commissioner of Adult and Technical Education.

  Students to receive scholarships as part of Phenix City Mayor’s Ball

40 students will be awarded college scholarships Saturday night at the Phenix City Mayor’s Ball.

  J.F. Drake to get $19.8 million makeover

Construction is underway at J.F. Drake Middle school, originally built in 1957.

Harris, Muscogee County School Boards both recognized as exemplary

This year only 55 of the 180 public school boards earned the Exemplary Board status.

MCSB chair installed as president-elect of Georgia School Boards Association

Pat Hugley Green, Chair of the Muscogee County School Board, was installed as president elect of the Georgia School Boards Association.

  Auburn’s baseball success boosts morale in community after a month of tragedy

The Auburn community is still mourning the loss of treasured community members, but the Tigers' trip to the College World Series is lifting spirits.

  MCSD considering new proposal to add 15 minutes to school day for elementary students

A proposal is now being considered to add only 15 minutes to the end of the school day for elementary students.

  UA releases emails showing evidence Culverhouse decision was not influenced by abortion, boycott comments

The 17-page document clarifies the decision-making process behind the University of Alabama after the board accepted the resolution on Friday.

  Auburn University unveils new 62K square foot science building expansion

Auburn University is giving their students the tools they need to take the world by storm.

  New booster shot required for GA students in Fall ’20

Staring in the fall of 2020, all students heading into the 11th Grade will need to get a booster shot to help prevent meningitis.

  Muscogee County School District looking to fill empty positions

The Muscogee County School District needs to fill roughly 150 positions.

  Troy University, Army announce agreement of graduate credit transfer

A partnership between Troy University and the U.S. Army will allow graduate course credit to easily be transferred for WHINSEC studies.

  Harris County School District appoints new assistant superintendent of support services

Shelia Baker, who most recently was a principal in in Alabama, has been appointed the position.

  Columbus Fraternity awards 10K in scholarships to local teens

With this year’s presentation, Lambda Iota has awarded almost $600,000 in scholarships to local high school seniors over the past 2 decades.

  Auburn City Schools names new superintendent recommendation

The Auburn City Schools Board of Education has named assistant superintendent Cristen Herring as its superintendent recommendation.

  Columbus 2nd graders remix “Old Town Road” as they move to 3rd grade

A group of Columbus second graders are getting into the spirit of moving on up as the school year ends.