Albany Tech student Aamir Greene will be the state spokesman for technical education after winning the prestigious GOAL award.
What a great choice!
Greene’s road to Albany Tech included two tours in Iraq with the United States Marines.
First in Operation Desert Storm 20 years ago, then, Operation Iraqi Enduring Freedom a decade later.
After serving his country, Greene returned to Albany and enrolled in the Telecommunications Engineering Technology Program at Albany Tech.
His leadership in the Marines quickly showed at Albany Tech where he was elected president of the Student Government Association and chosen for the school’s Achieving the Dream Core Team.
Aamir Greene is proof that dreams are achievable, and we congratulate him and wish him the best in his future!
Since the Dougherty County School Board voted to close two schools and repurpose another, the system has done an excellent job keeping students and parents informed.
They’re holding meetings at nine schools to answer questions and show students, who will be forced to transfer… their new schools.
The system hasn’t done as well proving to people who live near the closing schools that those buildings won’t turn into empty, havens for crime.
Leaders say making sure the schools don’t sit empty is a priority.
Maybe they’re working on it behind the scenes, but it needs to be a public effort.
The school board needs to get input from community leaders and explore all options.
Maybe Phoebe Putney Hospital could turn one school into a clinic.
Perhaps, a non-profit group could make it their headquarters or a community center.
A developer might even be interested in turning a school into apartments.
There’s no reason for the school system to try to make money on the deal.
They could essentially give the properties away for the right redevelopment project.
Leaders certainly should leave no stone unturned reaching out to anyone who might be interested in developing the empty buildings into productive facilities that will improve the neighborhoods that are about to be without their longtime schools.
Written by Jim Wilcox, general manager of WALB.