Education

  Joe Buck ready to lead SCCPSS board to be the “best in town”

Efficiency is something accreditation agency AdvancED said the previous board lacked and a reason Buck hoped to be elected as its new president.

  New Georgia Southern president makes first campus visit

GSU’s ‘Eagle Academy’ helping students with disabilities

SCCPSS, Savannah PD investigating after suspicious driver reported

HHI 1st grade teacher charged with criminal sexual misconduct

GSU Seniors in Statesboro upset after graduation changes announced

SC lawmakers to take a closer look at school district consolidation bill

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  Dr. Kyle Marrero officially named new Georgia Southern president

Evans County Schools moving to charter system

2 students arrested, charged after Effingham Co. High goes into lockdown for second time this week

Beaufort Co. School Board votes to get legal opinion on Islands Academy closure

ECSO gives update on Tuesday’s social media threat, school bus incident

Gov. McMaster’s proposed raise for teachers isn’t enough, organization says

  School leaders vote to call in outside counsel for investigation into HHI High School’s principal

The full 30-minute public comment period before the meeting was filled with countless parents and students calling for the school board to reinstate Amanda O’Nan until the allegations against her are proven.

ECSO investigates social media threats at Effingham County High

Effingham County High School was placed on lockdown Tuesday due to threats posted on social media.

  Over 300 GSU students relocated after signs of mold found in dorm

Hundreds of Georgia Southern students are sleeping in new buildings Monday night after the university closed a dorm over mold concerns.

Retired Chatham County teachers bringing classroom supplies, volunteer time to district schools

Monday, dozens of retired teachers in Chatham County lent a helping hand to several Savannah classrooms.

  Chatham Area Transit getting new buses, route system redesign

SCCPSS responds to lower 2018 ACT and SAT test scores

HHI High School students rally for principal in hopes to get her back on the job

ECI student in custody after taking gun to school

SC pre-filed bill would give teachers $10K raise

SCCPSS Board pulls transportation hub item from agenda

  Hilton Head Island High School principal placed on administrative leave

The Beaufort Interim Superintendent has placed Hilton Head Island High School’s principal on administrative leave because of an investigation into allegations of improper conduct.

SCCPSS holds first meeting of the new year

Savannah-Chatham County Public School board members held their first informal meeting of the new year on Wednesday.

Effingham Co. school system helping students affected by government shutdown

Many federal workers are being impacted by the government shutdown.

New Savannah-Chatham School Board meets for first retreat

Members met for a retreat to discuss social media use, communication policy, and their priorities once school accreditation agency AdvancED finishes its review of the district.

Savannah-Chatham school board holding first retreat of 2019

A new school board president and two new board members will be joining the Savannah-Chatham County Public School Board on Monday, Jan. 7 during their first retreat of 2019.

Savannah State University president retiring in June

The president of Savannah State University has announced she will retire in the summer of 2019.

  Former Virginia College students welcomed at local universities

Georgia Southern University and Savannah State University are opening their doors to students after Virginia College decided to close theirs.

GSU’s Armstrong campus gets new Health Professions Academic Building

Governor Nathan Deal was on Georgia Southern’s Armstrong campus Thursday to help cut the ribbon to the new Health Professions Academic Building.

Beaufort Co. School District asking for public opinion in new survey

The Beaufort County School District wants to know your thoughts.

Georgia Southern University another step closer to finding new president

The campus search committee turned in recommendations to state leaders for finalists for the job earlier this month.

Interim superintendent decides to move forward with closure of Islands Academy

The interim superintendent in Beaufort County has decided to move forward with the closure of Islands Academy.

Parents voice opinions at meeting to discuss closure of Islands Academy

Islands Academy in Beaufort County is facing a shutdown after the students scored in the bottom five percent for the last few years.

Beaufort County students donate ‘blessing bags’ to the homeless

Students in the Lowcountry are getting into the holiday spirit.

Beaufort Co. school board votes to reconsider closing Islands Academy

Beaufort County School District officials have decided to ask the interim superintendent to reconsider closing Islands Academy.

SCCPSS seeks to revamp state funding formula

Savannah Chatham County Public school leaders let local lawmakers know what they want pushed through the next legislative session.

Bulloch Co. school institutes new rules for student drop-off

One district in Bulloch County is changing how far a parent can escort their child when walking down the halls and into class.

SCCPSS votes to install new gym floors after learning of mercury contamination

Savannah-Chatham County Public School officials met on Wednesday to discuss several topics.

Student enrollment down at GSU; consolidation could be to blame

Less than two years ago next month, Armstrong State and Georgia Southern learned the University System of Georgia planned to consolidate them into one school.

Beaufort County School District holds public forums to find next superintendent

The Beaufort County School District is asking for the public’s help on finding its next superintendent.

SCCPSS Superintendent’s Gala for the Arts held Friday

Friday night, the Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools hosted their second Superintendent’s Gala for the Arts.

SCCPSS BOE police chief talks about next year’s goals

Savannah-Chatham County Public School Board members made safety and security a top priority this year.

Sudanese refugee receives doctorate from Georgia Southern

More than 1,000 Georgia Southern University graduates walked across the stage in Statesboro on Friday, and others will follow suit Saturday.

Benedictine honoring victims of Pearl Harbor attack with annual Gannam Day ceremony

As the nation pauses to remember the 77th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks on Friday, Benedictine Military School will also honor those who lost their lives in World War II, including a former BC cadet.

Georgia Southern University holds fall commencement ceremony

Friday marked a major milestone for more than 1,000 Georgia Southern University students.

Savannah State to hold 193rd commencement ceremony

Savannah State University will hold its 193rd commencement ceremony this Saturday.

Beaufort County Schools respond after state releases district report cards

School districts in South Carolina are reviewing their scores after the state graded their performances.

Georgia Southern, Savannah State commencement ceremonies this weekend

Students across the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry are getting ready to move to the next phase in their lives.

Georgia Southern to play in Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

Georgia Southern football is soaring into bowl season with a game for the first time in three years and only the second time ever.

East Georgia State College named most affordable online college for nursing

East Georgia State College in Swainsboro has been named the 2019 most affordable online college for nursing degrees in the nation.

Bluffton student will not face criminal charges after social media threat

A student at Bluffton High School will not face criminal charges for threats made against the school.

Police investigating after photo surfaces of Windsor Forest student with gun on desk

UPDATE: The Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools Police Department is still looking into a post on social media showing a high school student sitting with a gun, and the words Windsor Forest High School written out just below.

Good News: GSU celebrates 112th Birthday

We’re wishing a Happy Birthday to our region’s largest university.

GSU holds 25th Annual Holiday Helpers Tree to brighten holidays

Plenty of people across Bulloch County will have a True Blue Christmas they might not have had otherwise.

Vietnam War exhibit coming to Georgia Southern University’s museum

An exhibit next year at Georgia Southern University’s museum will recall the Vietnam War through the eyes of local troops who served.

Extra security at Whale Branch Middle School after potential threat

Security will be beefed up Wednesday at Whale Branch Middle School after someone overheard a student making a potentially threatening remark on Tuesday.

Search for next GSU president could soon move to next phase

The search for a new president for Georgia Southern University could move to the next phase by the end of this month.

Students on Wilmington Island collect food for local families

One local school is really getting into the giving spirit.

South Carolina to pursue legal, financial action after state report card release is postponed

The state of South Carolina will pursue legal and financial action against the company holding up the release of the South Carolina school report cards.

BCSO investigating after handwritten threat found in bathroom at HHI IB Elementary School

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a student at the Hilton Head Island International Baccalaureate Elementary School found a handwritten threat to school safety on a stall in the girls' bathroom Thursday.

University of SC Beaufort opening new campus on Hilton Head Island

The University of South Carolina Beaufort is getting ready to open it’s new campus.

Board of Regents responds to SSU Alumni concerns

WTOC has learned 26 Savannah State University employees have been told their contracts will not be renewed next year. This comes following President Dozier’s announcement last month that they were considering making cuts due to declining retention rates.

Good News: 10-year-old designs Christmas cards for good causes

A 10-year-old artist and football fan has a unique way to help college athletes for his favorite team.

New Early Learning Center will serve more young SCCPSS students

Parents with children in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System will get the opportunity to learn more about plans for the new Early Learning Center.

SCCPSS holding info sessions on changes coming to East Broad K-8

Many of the students at East Broad Street K-8 School will be moving to other schools next year.

Georgia Southern University receives $5 million from Greg Parker

The single largest financial donation from a single individual was given to Georgia Southern University on Tuesday.

Evans County BOE thankful voters passing ESPLOST

The Educational Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, known as ESPLOST, passed on Tuesday.

HHI Elementary School students cast their ballots

They may be too young to vote in Tuesday’s elections, but that’s not stopping students at Hilton Head Island Elementary School from casting their ballots.

Bulloch County Schools to hold week-long canned goods drive

You can help three food banks in Bulloch County this week with a quick drive to the nearest school.

Multiple students, teachers receive minor injuries after fight at Southwest Middle School in Savannah

According to Southside Fire, multiple teachers and students were injured at Southwest Middle School in Savannah Friday morning.

Georgia Southern kicks off annual Holiday Helper Tree event

Georgia Southern University is continuing its tradition of helping those in need during the holidays with its 25th annual Holiday Helper Tree.

The debate over seat belts in school buses

Only one district we checked with has any type of seatbelt, and they are lap belts only in a couple seats on each bus. Outside of buses for special needs students, no other districts we reached out to have any kind of seatbelts.

GA’s First Lady Sandra Deal reads to children in Vidalia

Georgia’s First Lady visited youngsters in Vidalia Tuesday to share an important lesson: reading.

Appling County student arrested for leaving threatening note

An Appling County student has been arrested after a threatening note was left at a school.

SCCPSS Transportation Committee meet about low bus driver employment

The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System has gotten some complaints this school year about their bus routes. The school system claims the problems are coming from the shortage of bus drivers.

Students in Beaufort County participate in Unity Day

Students at Red Cedar Elementary School in Beaufort County spread kindness and respect Wednesday in honor of Unity Day.

SCCPSS staff being trained in suicide prevention

School social workers say the number of students who mention suicide is on the rise. So, the more staff members who know how to help, the safer nearby schools can be.

Georgia Southern students hold protest over racist comments

A text message attributed to a Georgia Southern student over the summer continues to draw outcry. The text included a racial slur and they want the student disciplined.

Richmond Hill Middle School in running for major STEM grant

Richmond Hill Middle School is hoping to become the first STEM certified school in the Bryan County School District to be awarded a $100,000 grant.