Georgia Milestones scores from the 2017-2018 school year have been released by the Georgia Department of Education. While there are many areas where Pickens County students improved over last year, there are some areas that need attention.
The 2017-2018 school year was the fourth time students took the Georgia Milestones test, which replaced the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT). Georgia Milestones scores are used to assess the mastery of Georgia Performance Standards. Milestone scores include End of Grade (EOG) tests for grades 3-8 and high school End of Course (EOC) tests.
Students are placed in one of four levels of learners in the Georgia Milestones: (1) Beginning, (2) Developing, (3) Proficient and (4) Distinguished. Students who score in the Proficient or Distinguished categories have demonstrated mastery of content for their grade and are considered on track to be college and career ready. The goal is to have students operating at the Proficient Learner level or above.
By Larry Cavender
"Bizarre" is the way an obviously frustrated Planning Commission member Jim Fowler described their meeting Monday. Fowler said, "I didn't see this on tonight's agenda."
In what was supposed to be a meeting for public input and discussion on possible changes to Chapter 67 of the Pickens County Code of Ordinances concerning land use and zoning, the meeting quickly shifted to the question of property rights when Pickens resident Julie Klusty addressed the commission.
Design Plan presented to Jasper Planning Commission
Piedmont Village must gain a Planned Unit Development zoning, and be approved for land disturbing and building permits before construction can begin.
Jasper Planning Commission paved the way for a large, mixed-used community behind Piedmont Mountainside Hospital with a recommendation for rezoning for the parcel at their September 25th meeting.
A request from a downtown restaurant owner spurred discussion between Jasper mayor and council about the price of a liquor license, which the businessman says is costing the city money and keeping restaurants from offering the best experience to their customers.
Wingsology owner Carlo DelPizzo had approached Jasper Mayor John Weaver prior to the regular council meeting on October 1 and presented the same argument to council.
Dan Pool/ Photo
Jay and Angie Bird show off one of six geocache sites at the Talking Rock Nature Preserve. All the caches at the park were hidden with beginning geocachers in mind.
There would be a huge trove of witty headlines if Pickens residents Jay and Angie Bird had actually met through geocaching.
They didn’t. They first met about 20 years ago and then re-connected, the modern old-fashioned way – online.
So, of no use are headlines like Geocaching Your Way to My Heart or GPS Coordinates to Love.