Better Together

News from the Clarke County School District • 8/13/21

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CCSD Earns Top Marks

The Clarke County School District’s Department of Finance and Business Services was recently awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellent Financial Reporting by the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts. This is no small feat. In fact, this is the first time the CCSD has earned the award since its inception in 2013.

It’s a testament to the district’s commitment to strong financial controls, responsible budgeting, and sound accounting practices. Thanks to everyone in our finance department! We always knew we could count on you. Now we have proof positive! Pictured is CCSD CFO Byron Schueneman receiving the award from audit managers from the Ga. Dept. of Audits.

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CCSD Ranks High in Equity

WUGA is reporting that the personal finance website WalletHub has ranked the Clarke County School District as the seventh most equitable county in Georgia. Overall, the Peach State is recognized as having the 15th most equitable school district in the US. The report determined rankings largely by measuring average household income and expenditures for public elementary and secondary schools per pupil.

A WalletHub analyst noted that “Having equity in schools basically helps put kids on a level playing field. It means that they can learn at the same levels, it means that dropout rates could level out, it means that median weekly earnings, people down the line, could level out as well. Job prospects get better, just more fair outcomes for everyone.” See the story and access the full report at:

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Student Art Winners

Twelve school children recently were announced as statewide winners in the Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest as part of the 31st annual conservation art competition held by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. The 2021 theme was “Nature is Everywhere.” Congratulations to our student winners!

  • Flora Maldonado Wells, Oglethorpe: 3rd Place (Grades 1–2)
  • Jayden Mulamoottill, Barrow: 1st Place (Grades 3–4)
  • Mia Clarke, Oglethorpe: Featured Artist
  • Valdemar Martinez Rosales, J.J. Harris: Featured Artist
  • Arrow Callahan, Barrow: Featured Artist

Help Shape Youth Opportunities in Athens

The Clarke County School District and the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government are currently exploring opportunities to collaborate and expand impactful programs for youth in Athens. Both agencies believe that increasing youth development opportunities locally will further help meet the basic physical, developmental, and social needs of our children and teens, which will help them build the skills needed to become successful adults. Some examples include: Job training, athletic fields and courts, community and youth centers, mentorship, libraries, college access, career exploration programs, workforce development, and special programs.

If you believe any of these ideas should be further explored, please list them, and tell us why. Do you have other ideas? Please list them. We want to know! Click here to submit the survey. Don't wait: Survey closes at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, August 17.

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ACCA Welding Lab Dedication Video

Industry and community leaders joined us in dedicating the new Advanced Manufacturing and Welding Lab at the Athens Community Career Academy. To celebrate this milestone, we’ve put together a short video of highlights from the event for you to enjoy.

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Clarke and Hilsman Middle Students Honored at Energy Conference

This summer, Clarke Middle and Hilsman Middle students attended the 41st Annual NEED Youth Energy Conference in Washington, DC. The conference brought together students and teachers from around the country for educational sessions, social events, the opportunity to tour Washington D.C., and recognition for the work done throughout the school year. Congratulations to Hilsman’s Science & Energy Team for winning National School of the Year at the Junior Level in 2020 and Clarke Middle's team for winning National School of the Year this year!

High School Juniors and Seniors – Lend Your Voice!

The Superintendent's Student Advisory Council provides high school students the opportunity to learn about school district issues and influence how decisions are made. Throughout the school year, members meet with the Superintendent and advisors to learn, provide feedback, and act as liaisons to all CCSD students. Who Can Join? 11th and 12th-grade students from all Clarke County high schools. Interested? The application deadline is Friday, August 27. Click here to apply

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Nominations Open for Employee of the Month!

Each month during the school year, CCSD recognizes an “Employee of the Month” for their service and dedication to the students and families of the Clarke County School District. Any parent, student, staff member, or community member can nominate an employee.

Thank you to the Foundation for Excellence in Public Education, Clarke County, and the Athens-Area Chamber of Commerce for supporting our team!

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ACC Leisure Services Newsletter

Stay up-to-date on all the services and programs offered by ACC Leisure Services in their electronic newsletter Leisure Pursuits – August 2021.
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FREE Account Through the Athens Regional Library can help students complete homework, write a paper, or study for a test! Tutors are available every day from 2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Students and parents can get help with any kind of academic question in math, science, English, social studies, and writing. Expert tutors work with students in K–12th grade (even AP®-level and intro-level college coursework). Connecting with a tutor is easy – you just need your library card and any Internet-connected device. Create a FREE account or log in through Athens Regional Library System. For more information, contact the Athens Regional Library: 706-613-3650, ext. 356.

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Now Hiring After-School Aides for All 14 Elementary Schools!

$11 / Hour and flexible schedules! Work Monday – Friday, from 2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • Must be 18 Years of age and be able to pass a background check
  • Visit and click “Jobs at CCSD”

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Community Food Resources

Click here to view the Community Food Resources and local meal distribution schedule in Athens-Clarke County. This is a joint initiative between the UGA Office of Service-Learning and the ACC Local Government to identify food distributions in Clarke County. Please feel free to share this with other agencies and individuals who could benefit from this information.
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Earned Income Tax Credit Resource - Project EITC

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable tax credit that may give you a significant refund at tax time or lower the federal taxes you owe. Click here to learn about the tax credit and determine if families are eligible.
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Join Our Team! Substitutes Needed!

Join our team to support schools and students in your community! New increased substitute pay! Daily teacher rate = $90. Daily paraprofessional rate = $79. Click here for information.
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COVID-19 Reporting

Every Friday, the CCSD website is updated with the total number of COVID-19 positive cases as well as related quarantines at CCSD schools and facilities. While making this data public, the district will continue to respect our staff and students'/families’ privacy.
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Board of Education Information

The Clarke County Board of Education welcomes community feedback. Here are ways you can share your voice:

  • Contact BOE Members: Click here to view a list of the BOE members and their contact information.
  • Attend a Meeting: Next regular meeting is Thursday, August 19 at 6:00 p.m. (in-person and broadcast on the CCSD YouTube channel).
  • Public Comments: Click here for information on how to sign-up to speak at a regular BOE meeting.

Board of Education Regular Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 19th, 6pm

Dearing Extension

Athens, GA

Heritage Hall of the H.T. Edwards Sr. Building (in person) or view on the CCSD YouTube Channel.