April 2, 2020

Superintendent Kay to HCHS Senior Class: “You’ve Done Enough”

(Franklin, GA) -- Heard County students won't get the chance to complete the current school year in a classroom setting. "I will sign an executive order today closing K-12 public schools for the rest of the school year," Gov. Brian Kemp said in a news conference Wednesday. Gov. Kemp said the decision came after recommendations from numerous health … [Read more...]

BREAKING NEWS: Georgia extends school closures through remainder of school year

(Atlanta, GA) -- Georgia Governor Brian Kemp announced Wednesday afternoon the extension of school closures in Georgia through the remainder of the school year. During a 4:00 PM press conference, Kemp ordered schools to be closed for the rest of the school year and will issue a state-wide shelter in place order starting Thursday to last through April … [Read more...]

Census Day in Heard County (April 1)

(Franklin, GA) -- Census Day is still Wednesday, April 1, but the coronavirus pandemic has forced the U.S. Census Bureau to extend the deadlines for response. The bureau sent out invitations to respond to all of the nation’s households earlier this month. Residents originally had until July 31 to respond to the surveys online, or by phone or mail, but that … [Read more...]

Gov. Kemp closes public schools through April 24

(Atlanta, GA) -- Governor Brian P. Kemp issued an Executive Order Thursday morning closing public elementary and secondary schools for in-person instruction through April 24, 2020. The order means the earliest Heard County students may return to school would be on Monday, April 27, 2020. "I am deeply grateful to State School Superintendent Richard Woods, … [Read more...]

Letter To The Editor: Superintendent Rodney Kay addresses Brave Nation

Brave Nation, I wanted to take just a moment to communicate with you about a couple very important topics. But before I dive into those two things I just wanted to say, “THANK YOU.” Thank you for your patience. Thank you for your perseverance. Thank you for your unending support of our school system and the respect you show to our teachers and staff on a … [Read more...]

Katy Gray receives excellence in American History Medal

(Franklin, GA) -- At the recent chapter meeting for the James Stewart Chapter, NSDAR, Katy Gray from Heard County Middle School was awarded the Excellence in American History Medal for her chapter-winning essay on “The Voyage of the Mayflower.” Katy also received a Certificate of Award for her essay. Katy’s parents, Beth and Billy Gray, were also present to … [Read more...]

Student Artist Spotlight (Brailey Watkins)

Heard County Student Art Spotlight (Franklin, GA) -- Each week we spotlight an art creation of a student from Heard County Middle School. This week's Student Artist Spotlight is by 8th Grader Brailey Watkins. Brailey is an advanced art student and created art from a chosen theme. Brailey's theme is nature and flowers using watercolor paint. … [Read more...]

Further details on Heard County’s COVID-19 feeding program for students

(Franklin, GA) -- The Heard County School system announced this week the implementation of a new COVID-19 Feeding Program for Heard County students. Starting Monday, March 23, Heard County School Nutrition will be offering FREE meal packages on Mondays and Thursdays from 5:00 - 6:30 PM at Heard County Elementary School. Between these two pick up days, you … [Read more...]

Heard County schools launching emergency COVID-19 feeding program

(Franklin, GA) -- The Heard County School system announced Thursday morning the implementation of a new COVID-19 Feeding Program for Heard County students. Superintendent Rodney Kay says the program will take place on Mondays and Thursday from 5:00 PM until 6:30 PM at Heard County Elementary School in Franklin. The program will lunch next Monday, March 23 … [Read more...]

Special Week Honors Georgia’s School Boards

(Franklin, GA) -- The Heard County School District is joining in a statewide celebration this week to salute the efforts of local school board members. The week of March 16-20, 2020 has been proclaimed School Board Appreciation Week in Georgia. The week-long observance calls attention to the contributions of local boards of education. Citizens elect board … [Read more...]