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‘Speak Up’ on 8 school topics set for Thursday
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Speak Up for Education, the Bulloch County Schools’ annual open forum, will offer discussions of eight topics, from literacy to social media, from which attendees get to choose two Thursday evening, plus free pizza.

The forum for parents and other community members is officially a Bulloch County Board of Education meeting, but looks nothing like usual BOE meetings. Statesboro High School is hosting the 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. event.

Actually, 5:30-6 p.m. will be registration time and the start of the pizza supper and community resource fair. Superintendent Charles Wilson is slated to give welcoming remarks, 6-6:20 p.m.

Then the first of the two discussion sessions begins at 6:25. The start of the second session is slated for 7:15. Six of the eight topics will be available during both of the sessions.


Academic Support Director DeeDee Bennett will lead sessions on “Reading Strategies to Use with Your Child at Home.”

Dr. Deborah Magnum, student support executive director, will talk about “Understanding Your Child’s Social and Emotional Learning.”

Georgi Darsey, Bulloch County Schools’ director of federal programs, will lead sessions of two different topics. Her 6:25 p.m. session will be on “How to Support Academic Success at Home.” Then at 7:15 she will talk about the Graduation Performance Academy, a night-school program for high school students.

Dr. Casey McNeely, academic support and gifted services director, is slated for two “Middle Grades Gifted Education” sessions.

School system Chief Financial Officer Troy Brown will lead sessions on the school system’s 2020-21 school calendar.

School Safety Director Todd Mashburn will talk about, of course, school safety, including a recent federal commission report on the subject.

Leslie Schlierf, special education executive director, will lead the sessions of “Social Media and Your Child.”

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