Your State Parks Day

Looking for a service project within your community? Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites has a variety of service projects, such as river cleanups and trail maintenance available as part of “Your State Parks Day”on Saturday, September 26, 2015.

Many Georgia State Parks will be creating Monarch Butterfly gardens as part of the nationwide effort to increase pollinator habitat. Sponsored by Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites, the statewide celebration of National Public Lands Day showcases how parks enrich communities and the importance of local volunteerism. Volunteer opportunities are available statewide at more than 60 State Parks & Historic Sites across Georgia. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaStateParks.org or call 770-383-8900.

Education Support Leave Now Available

Effective July 1, 2015, all full-time, non-temporary employees who work at least 40 hours per week will have a new type of leave available for use.  House Bill 313 was signed into law this year and will provide eligible employees with up to eight (8) paid hours of Education Support Leave per calendar year. Eligible employees will be able to request to use the Education Support Leave to participate in activities related to student achievement and academic support that promote education in Georgia.  This leave will be available to all eligible employees, both parents of students and non-parents, and may be considered for activities supporting public, private, and home school achievement. Activities that promote education in Georgia may include, but are not limited to, some of the following:

  • Attend Parent/Teacher conferences
  • Participate in classroom activities, such as reading to a class or presenting on career day
  • Tutor students without receiving compensation
  • Proctor examinations
  • Attend award and recognition ceremonies or graduation exercises
  • Participate in field day activities or field trips
  • Attend open house functions

State Personnel Board Rule 478-1-.16, Absence from Work, has been revised to include guidance on this type of leave and may be viewed on the Department of Administrative Services’ website.  Eligible employees should contact their direct supervisor or their Human Resources office for guidance on requesting and using this type of leave. Through the Education Support Leave program, eligible employees have the opportunity to support education at all levels, from pre-K/early care and learning all the way through higher education.  Employees may wish to contact their local school systems, private schools, day care facilities, technical colleges, and/or universities to inquire about opportunities to support education initiatives in their communities and any background check or other criteria they would need to meet before participating in volunteer activities.

Commissioner Pete Wheeler passes away after 66 years of service to the State

Pete Wheeler, Commissioner

Commissioner Pete Wheeler, 1922-2015

The Georgia Department of Veterans Service regrets to announce the passing of Commissioner Pete Wheeler.

Commissioner Wheeler joined the GDVS in 1949 and led the agency since 1954. With 66 years of service, he was the longest-tenured employee in Georgia state government.

Other details will be announced later today on veterans.georgia.gov.

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For more information on the content of this news release, please contact the GDVS Public Information Division at 404-656-5933 or gavetsvc@vs.state.ga.us.