September 17, 2009
• Boswick City Council members Monday moved to reduce the speed limit on Echols Road in Bostwick from 55 mph to 35 mph. The council opted not to change the speed limit on Gilbert Road.
Education in Morgan County
• Following an extensive audit by Georgia Power, Morgan County Schools Director of Operations Bob Monk found that the school system could've saved more than $30,000 last year simply by negotiating with the power company as to which rate was used on the school system's 30 meters.
Monk has plans to have the school system's power measured by "Time of Use," a rate determined between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m daily. "It's a matter of holding Georgia Power's feet to the fire," Monk said, at Monday's Board of Education meeting.
"How do you know the rate you're charging us is the best you can do?"
• As of this month, there are currently 3,380 students enrolled in Morgan County schools, a number that includes those in the Pre-K program at Morgan County Primary School (the school is at its capacity with 80 Pre-K students) as well as those in Morgan County CrossRoads School.
The primary school plays home to 821 students; elementary, 761; middle, 779; high, 999; and CrossRoads, 20. All of the county's schools have seen an increase in enrollment over the end of last school year.
• According to Superintendent Dr. Stan DeJarnett, there has been at least one unconfirmed case of H1N1 influenza (or "Swine Flu") at each of Morgan County's schools. However, precautions--namely handwashing--are being carefully observed at all schools.
"I think we do have the cleanest children we've ever seen," DeJarnett said.