Sara Wilder Named as Finalist for Georgia 2017 Teacher of the Year

Dewar Principal Katie Chappuis presents flowers to Georgia TOTY Finalist Sara Wilder
April 26, 2016 – State School Superintendent Richard Woods today announced the finalists for Georgia's 2017 Teacher of the Year.  Sara Wilder, fourth grade Math and Social Studies teacher at Dewar Elementary School and Lowndes County Schools' System Teacher of the Year was named among this outstanding group of educators.  
 
The 10 finalists were chosen from a pool of 155 applicants, all of whom were the Teacher of the Year in their school district. The applications were read by a panel of judges that included teachers, past Georgia Teacher of the Year winners and finalists, administrators, community leaders and others. The finalists were chosen based on the strength of their essay responses.
 
"Having excellent teachers in the classroom is absolutely essential -- our students cannot succeed at high levels without them," Superintendent Woods said. "Every one of these ten finalists is a shining example of the difference a great teacher makes in the life of a child. I congratulate each of them on their accomplishments and look forward to working with them to ensure our policies are child-focused and classroom-centered."

Katie Chappuis, Principal at Dewar Elementary School said, "Our Dewar Elementary family is so excited and proud of Mrs. Wilder.  She is truly endeared by her colleagues and students and inspires us all daily.  Mrs. Wilder holds unique qualities that make a lasting impression on the students and faculty with which she works.  She truly is an exceptional teacher!"

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In-District Transfers from Zone to Zone and Tuition Requests for Out of District Students

In-District Transfers From Zone to Zone and Tuition Requests For Out of District Students For 2016-17 School Year

For any request granted, all costs and the responsibility for transportation must be provided by the parent/guardian.  The transportation must be reliable and timely.  Being chronically tardy, leaving early, excessive absences (unexcused or excused), or violations of the student code of conduct will be immediate automatic grounds for revoking the transfer and/or tuition.  

It is the goal of Lowndes County Schools to provide as much choice to our residents as economically possible.  However, the system must first meet the needs of students within the school attendance zones before allowing school choice transfers and accepting new tuition students.  The continuation of austerity budget cuts and reduced funding from all areas make this extremely difficult.  

At this time the system is accepting requests for school attendance zone changes and tuition requests – both for qualifying property owners and non-qualifying property owners - for the 2016-17 school year.  Parents/guardians have until April 4, 2016 to complete and submit a request.  

Requests are being accepted for the following students:
  • Change of School Attendance Zone Requests for current Lowndes County School District residents who wish to change school attendance zones for the 2016-17 school year.
  • Tuition Requests for non Lowndes County School District Residents - Property Owners who own qualifying property within the Lowndes County School District.  
  • Tuition Requests for non Lowndes County School District Residents who do not own Property within the Lowndes County School District.  
Note:  At this time the system is simply gauging the number of requests for the 2016-17 school year.  Once received, all applications will be reviewed by the system’s attendance zoning committee.  It is our goal to notify all applicants of the system’s decision by the end of April.  

Please read carefully the documents linked below for details on qualifications and procedures for making these requests. 





Petition for A High School Diploma

On March 30, 2015, Governor Nathan Deal signed into law House Bill 91.  House Bill 91 retroactively eliminates the Georgia High School Graduation Test as a requirement for students who took the test between 1994 (when the test was established) and the present. State Board Rule in 2011 eliminated the test as a requirement for graduation, but that elimination did not extend to students who had already taken the test.  House Bill 91 extends back to all graduation tests, beginning with the Basic Skills Test which was administered to students who enrolled for the first time in grade 9 during the 1981-1982 school year.
 
House Bill 91 only affects those persons who did not earn a high school diploma SOLELY for the reason of being unable to pass the GHSGT, the GHSWT, or its predecessor(s). If you did not get a diploma due to failure to meet specific high school course unit requirements, this law does not apply to you.  Linked here are a copy of House Bill 91, the Petition for High School Diploma form, the Diploma Petition Timeline, and the HB91-High School Graduation Diploma Petition-Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.

Public Notice

Items posted here are for public information or posted as required by state or federal law. 

RFP Trash Disposal

Lowndes County Schools seeks to achieve the best value for the expenditures of public funds by offering experienced and qualified vendors the opportunity to submit bid proposals for providing Trash Disposal services (as well as recycling) at the specified locations for the period of July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019. Please read carefully the RFP linked below. Proposal submissions will be accepted from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on May 1, 2016 at the Lowndes County Board of Education office at 1592 Norman Drive, Valdosta, GA 31601.


RFP Parking Lot Improvements

Lowndes County Schools seeks to achieve the best value for the expenditures of public funds by offering experienced and qualified vendors the opportunity to submit bid proposals for repaving and restriping of parking lots at the specified locations:
  • Hahira Elementary School- Main parking and parent pickup areas
  • Moulton Branch Elementary School- front parking area
  • Lowndes High School - Visitors side at Martin Stadium
Please read carefully the RFP document linked below, noting all deadlines and requirements for submitting separate proposals..




Kindergarten Registration

More information and a registration packet can be found on our Student Registration page.



Pre-K Lottery Registration has Ended--Registration Open for Waiting List and Empty Slots

The Pre-K Lottery Registration ended on February 26 at 2:00PM. There will be no exceptions to this date and time. Letters notifying parents of the lottery results will be mailed March 11, 2016. 

Parents of Pre-K age students may still register for any openings that arise after the lottery drawing. Registration will be held at the Lowndes County Board of Education Registration Annex located at 1592 Norman Drive. THE PRE-K PROGRAM IS OPEN TO CHILDREN WHO WILL BE FOUR (4) YEARS OF AGE ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1, 2016.



Lowndes County School Nutrition Program Announces Seamless Summer Program 2016
The Lowndes County School Nutrition Program will once again host the Seamless Summer Feeding Program from June 1 – July 22, 2016.  USDA’s Summer Food Service Program bridges the gap by providing FREE food to kids at park and recreation areas, summer Bible schools, and other sites in the community during the summer.  This is a wonderful opportunity to help our children this summer!  Groups wishing to register to become a service site should contact Sharon Flythe, Director of School Nutrition at 229-245-2443 or sharonflythe@lowndes.k12.ga.us NO LATER THAN Wednesday, APRIL 13, 2016.  No additional sites will be accepted after April 13.  The Seamless Summer Program will be closed the week of July 4 – 8, 2016.