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Class Notes: Thespians honor Gainesville High principal
0809principal-LaCrisia Larkin
LaCrisia Larkin

LaCrisia Larkin is the Georgia Thespians’ Administrator of the Year, announced at the annual conference of the group in Columbus.

The award is presented to school administrators who have demonstrated exceptional commitment and support to theater programs in their schools and communities.

“I do try my very best to support all of the programs,” Larkin said. “I especially enjoy the theater program because it is such an excellent program.”

Larkin said she participated in the drama program when she was in high school, so it holds a special place in her heart.

“I enjoy watching the students enjoy being in theater,” she said. “It is certainly something that you remember always. I think it brings out the best in you.”

She said she was absolutely surprised to have been nominated for, and then receive, the award.

“The theme (of the conference) this year was ‘Hundreds of Stories,’” she said. “So when I had a chance to thank Georgia Thespians, I just really said, ‘Yes, many stories to tell.’ And I shared a little bit about my story.”

Plans for Youth Apprenticeship Program to get a makeover

The Georgia Senate has approved a change to the Youth Apprenticeship Program to both better define and expand the program, which gives many high school students the chance to earn real-life work experience.

Senate Bill 329 would change the name from “youth apprenticeship” to “work-based learning,” and better defines that it is open to any student 16 or older in any public school. It had previously been open only to high school juniors or seniors.

It also opens up the program from focusing on certain careers like manufacturing or administrative work, but to any skills “related to the student’s career pathway.”

Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, said this kind of program helps keep students interested in high school while having the opportunity to experience the workforce.

“These kids are getting exposure to a field that they have a genuine interest in,” Miller said. “Hopefully, this will keep some kids in school long enough (to earn a diploma). This day and time you can’t go very far without a high school diploma.”

The bill also better defines the relationship between the program and both the Department of Labor and the Technical College System of Georgia, while showing overall support for work-based learning.

“The General Assembly finds it would be beneficial to students, employers and the economic health of the state to assist in providing highly trained, technologically sophisticated and career oriented students which will aid in the development of a successful 21st century workforce,” it reads in part.

The Senate passed the bill Monday.

Education, transportation columns swapping days

The “Class Notes” and “Eyes on the Road” weekly columns are switching places beginning the week of Feb. 16-22.

“Class Notes” now will run on Mondays, starting Monday. And “Eyes on the Road” will run on Wednesdays, starting Feb. 19.

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