As reported 30 years ago in The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Aug. 21, 1974:
The Columbia County Board of Education, the county administration and local school officials have been developing plans since early spring for the opening of the 1974-75 school year.
School will officially begin Aug. 26, 1974. The Board of Education is expecting more than 7,000 students. The staff throughout the county has been increased and allocated based on the projected enrollment.
Guy E. Fleming Jr., chairman of the Columbia County Board of Education, was recently elected president-elect by the members of the Georgia School Board Association.
Fleming will assume the presidency of the association in spring 1975. This is a signal honor that has come to Columbia County and speaks well for the leadership of the Board of Education.
Bi-racial committee named
Miller Finley, director of federal programs for the Columbia County Board of Education, announces the organization of Columbia County's bi-racial advisory committee on education for the coming school year.
The committee was organized to represent parents, civic organizations, local service agencies and county school administrators for reviewing and recommending activities to be incorporated into various federal programs.
Kiokee begins child care
Georgia's oldest Baptist church, Kiokee in Appling, is starting a new child development center. It will be Appling's first state-licensed day-care.
Mrs. Marion Marshall has been selected director of the center. Mrs. Josephine Dozier, who has taught kindergarten for a number of years in the Appling area, will be the kindergarten teacher.
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