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Long BoE sees progress on school construction

POSTED: May 17, 2017 12:23 p.m.

The Long County Board of Education got an update on construction of the district’s new school at their monthly meeting on May 8.

Superintendent Dr. Robert Waters showed a video showing progress on 3rd-8th grade school, including drone footage from 500 feet up.

Waters also recognized students, teachers and coaches who received awards and other honors.

Adrianna Steffen, a Long County Middle School sixth-grader, advanced through regional and state writing competitions, and will meet with the Georgia Department of Education representatives.

Her teacher, Sandi Rentz, congratulated her.

“Adrianna had superior writing out of all those in the 6th grade,” she said, adding that  no one from Long County Middle had ever been a state winner before.

The Long County High School boys and girls soccer and track teams were recognized for their season. Several track athletes made it into the state meet.

The boys and girls soccer teams were acknowledged for making it to the second round of state playoffs. The boys coaches are Paul Austin and Cory Brace.

Austin said, “We having a saying. We’re going to be selfless, not selfish and these guys showed that all year long.”

Sabrina Caines and Christie Crews managed the girls team. Caines made a similar statement about her girls.

“We have worked so hard to get this far and this says a lot,” she said. “There is a lot of potential for next year as well.”

The board approved a half day of classes on May 23, the last day for students. The last official day of the school year is May 25.

Whole-board training has been rescheduled to May 22 and 25 at the board office.

There was another testing update. Regular testing was completed and makeup was to be last week. Waters said there was also a 100 percent technology success for students taking the exams.

“A lot of other counties had difficulty with their computers and Chromebooks,” he said. “Thankfully, we weren’t one of them.”

Source4Teachers, a substitute teacher agency, is giving $1,000 scholarships for select students as well as helping out to pay for their annual senior banquet.

Graduation is set for 8 p.m. May 26 at Veterans Stadium. If it rains, it will be rescheduled for 10 a.m. May 27.

If bad weather strikes then, it will be that night at 8 in the gym.

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