Better Together

News from the Clarke County School District • 1/14/22

Every year, our students participate in a district-wide art and writing competition designed to provide education about and connection to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy. Winners will be announced at the end of January, and students will be recognized at the Board of Education meeting in February.

We are happy to share this video of students showcasing their work and explaining how they interpreted the theme “Unity: Working Together for Hope and Peace.” Their inspired messages of hope (along with some sage advice) will resonate with all of us.

CCSD Students Celebrate MLK - Jan 2022
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Early Registration for Pre-K and Kindergarten

February 21-26, 2022 / 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

595 Prince Avenue, Athens, GA 30601


Click here for registration information.

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Winter Weather Reminder - Devices & Communication

The CCSD works in close contact with local and state emergency authorities to ensure the safety and security of our students and staff. If there is a change to school operations, CCSD will share information using these methods:

  • Email and/or phone call to all phone numbers in the parent notification system;
  • Post on district and school social media pages and websites;
  • Local Athens-Clarke County media;
  • Metro Atlanta media outlets, including WSB TV/Channel 2, WXIA/11 Alive, WAGA/Fox 5, and WGCL/CBS 46.

Please remember to keep your family's contact information current by updating it in the Infinite Campus portal or informing your student's school.

Because there is a chance this weekend that inclement weather may disrupt school operations, students will be instructed to take home all electronic devices, work materials, and textbooks.

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New CCSD Central Office Location

Over Winter Break, district staff moved into the new central office space at 595 Prince Avenue (previously home to Piedmont College). Kudos to John Gilbreath, Troy Bassett, and the entire CCSD Facilities team -- the building is beautiful and will be an asset to our community.

Board of Education meetings will be held at the new location beginning in February. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house will be scheduled soon.

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American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11, 2021, to speed up the United States' recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing recession.

Click to read about CCSD's Federal Programs and view the district CARES/ARP Budget Dashboard.

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BOE News

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, January 20 at 6:00 p.m. (in-person and broadcast on the CCSD YouTube channel).
  • Board Briefs: Click to read the "Board Brief" overview from each meeting.
  • Public Comments: Click here for information on how to sign-up to speak at a regular BOE meeting.
  • Review Policies for Review: View and comment on district policies pending public review.
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University of Georgia's MLK Jr. Freedom Breakfast Now a Free Virtual Event

The University of Georgia's annual Freedom Breakfast celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event was scheduled to be held this morning, but the difficult decision was made to change it to a virtual event.

UGA will release a pre-recorded video as part of the celebration of Dr. King's legacy. The video will be available by Monday, January 17, on the UGA Facebook Page and the Office of Institutional Diversity website ( The district's MLK, Jr. Art/Writing contest video will be a part of the program.

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6th Annual Athens-Clarke MLK Day Parade

Join the Athens-Clarke County community on January 17th, 2022 at 3 PM for the 6th Annual Athens MLK Day Parade and Music Fest, brought to you by the United Group of Artists Music Association (UGAMA) and the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM).

The parade begins on the corner of Hull and W. Washington Street (195 W. Washington Street, Athens, GA 30601). Spectators can view the parade on Clayton Street, College Ave., Jackson Street, and Washington Street (from City Hall to the Morton Theatre).

Additional activities include:

  • Fun Zone, located on Hull Street and on the patio at Little Kings, features inflatables, rides, and outdoor youth activities.
  • Main Stage, located near the Morton Theater features multiple bands all afternoon.
  • Hip Hop Show at The World Famous from 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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ACCGov Seeks Candidates for New Human Relations Commission & Public Safety Civilian Oversight Board by Jan. 19

The Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (ACCGov) is seeking qualified candidates to fill appointments on the following newly-created commission and newly-created board:

  • 15 positions on the Human Relations Commission
  • Nine positions on the Public Safety Civilian Oversight Board

Applicants for any board, authority, or commission positions must be Athens-Clarke County residents. More detailed information about each board, authority, or commission is available online at The schedule for meeting times and locations for the new commission and new board will be determined by the members after appointments are made.

Applications can be filled out online at or obtained from the Clerk of Commission's office in Room 204 of City Hall, 301 College Avenue. The deadline for receiving applications is Wednesday, January 19. A separate application must be completed for each position.

The Mayor and Commission are tentatively scheduled to interview applicants via WebEx on Wednesday, January 26, and Thursday, January 27. Appointments are tentatively scheduled to be made at the Mayor and Commission Regular Session meeting on Tuesday, February 1.

For more information, call Clerk of Commission Jean Spratlin at 706-613-3031 or visit

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ACCGov Leisure Services Scholarship Renewals

The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department reminds the community it is time to renew or apply for a Department scholarship.

  • The scholarship program is for qualifying Athens-Clarke County residents under the age of 18. Individuals with expired scholarships and new scholarship applicants must visit a Leisure Services Department facility office at least five business days prior to registering for a program.
  • Scholarships must be applied for in person.
  • Scholarships are issued at 25%, 50%, and 75% levels, based on income eligibility. There is a $400 annual cap in scholarship funds per child.
  • Requirements for documentation: recent utility bill (last 90 days), the most recent IRS Tax Form 1040 (with children listed), and a valid photo ID.
  • Individuals must establish an online registration account at prior to applying for a scholarship.
  • All scholarships expire on December 31.
  • For more information, please call 706-613-3800 or visit

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YMCA Spring Programs

Online registration for YMCA's spring programs begins on January 17.
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Registration for East Athens Little League is Now Open!

Who’s Ready to PLAY BALL?!?! Registration is now open for Spring 2022 tee-ball, baseball, and softball. Registration includes a jersey and ballcap for each child. (Pants, socks, and belts are not included.) Scholarships are available.

  • Teeball (ages 4-6, coed): $55 per child
  • Baseball (boys 7-16): $85 per child
  • Softball (girls 7-16): $85 per child

**PLEASE NOTE: For baseball, there are four options: rookie, minor, major, and middle school/high school. Rookie players are ages 7-8. Minor is 8-9. Major is 10-12. Middle school/High school is 13-16. Based on skill level, some players may be moved up or down.

Volunteers Wanted! We are in DESPERATE NEED of volunteers—coaches, assistant coaches, team parents, and concession stand. Please indicate your willingness to volunteer on your registration form.

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