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Middle Georgia State unveils strategic plan.

Middle Georgia State recently announced a five-year strategic plan designed to increase enrollment, enrich student experience, as well as expand their online degree program into new markets.  To read more, click here.

Local students make OFTC Summer 2018 President's, Dean's Lists.

To see the students from Bleckley County who made Oconee Fall Line Technical College Summer 2018 semester President's and Dean's Lists, click here.

What's on the menu when school starts back in Cochran?

Students return to school today in Cochran.  To find out what the nutrition staff is preparing at each campus for the first day (as well as the rest of the month), click here.

Bleckley Board of Education sets tentative millage rate.

The Bleckley Board of Education set a tentative millage rate of 14.286 at a called meeting held Thursday.  It's a rollback rate, down from 14.338 and, according to board documents, will result in an  increase of property taxes assessed amounting to approximately $28,103.

To read more, click here.

Provision in Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act will allow students in Bleckley to receive free meals.

If you have a child who attends Bleckley County Learning Center (Pre K), Bleckley Primary, Elementary, or the Success Academy, they'll receive free breakfasts and lunches this year, regardless of family economic status.  That's because of a provision in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act passed in 2010.

The act contains a Community Eligbiility Provision which allows for free breakfasts, lunches, and snacks (for children in an eligible afterschool program)  to be provided to all schools if 40 percent of students in the schools receive either SNAP (Supplimental Nutritonal Assistance Program) benefits or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.  Students at the eligble schools can receive the free meals (if they're consumed on campus) without any additional paperwork.

Bleckley BOE adds schools to receive new security service.

At Tuesday's monthly meeting, the Bleckley Board of Education voted to install Seilox services for both the middle school and Success Academy.  Originally planned for BCHS this year, the change came after it was learned that a grant for school safety that will pay for the service did not require matching funds.

To read more on that, as well as other news items from the meeting, click here.

Middle Georgia State lowering tuition for online courses.

Starting this fall, students who take courses online at Middle Georgia State University will pay $19 less per credit hour.  It's part of a plan to eliminate the discrepency in tuition between online and traditional classes.  To read more, click here.