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BoE recognizes system achievements at October meeting
BOE achievements
Waldo Pafford’s Dr. Necole Bryant-Baker was named instructional counselor coach by the Georgia Department of Education. (photo/Kayla Gamble)

The Liberty County Board of Education recognized several achievements during their Oct. 9 meeting. 

The first was Snelson Golden Middle School, which had faculty that won five Best of Liberty awards. 

Their Y-Lit program won the best youth program award, Stephanie Whitehead won best teacher, Roland VanHorn won best boss, and the school overall won both the best school award and the best place to work award. 

Meanwhile, Button Gwinnett Elementary School was awarded the $20,000 Arconic STEM grant which was to further the school’s STEM curriculum.  

Waldo Pafford Elementary School Counselor Dr. Necole Bryant-Baker was appointed as instructional counselor coach by the Georgia Department of Education. Stephanie Woods was recognized by the Georgia Association for Alternative Education, the School Nutrition Department was given the Georgia Farm to School award, and Dr. Chante Baker Martin was acknowledged after being selected to join the Georgia School Boards Association’s Rural Task Force. 

Disgruntled Liberty County School System parents Crystal Washington and Courtney Hernandez spoke during the meeting. 

Hernandez, whose daughter was allegedly assaulted by a group of girls on Bradwell Institute’s school bus ramp, spoke first. 

She said her daughter was unfairly punished and let down by a faulty tribunal process, a process which determines the disciplinary actions taken against a student who has violated the student code of conduct. 

Hernandez stated both she and her daughter were lied to and weren’t allowed access to records related to the incident. BOE Chairwoman Lily Baker informed Hernandez that Superintendent Dr. Franklin Perry would contact her. 

Crystal Washington had similar complaints about the tribunal process. Washington’s daughter was sent to the alternative school Horizon’s Learning Center after a school altercation. Washington, who has worked as a substitute teacher for the Liberty County School System, said that her daughter hadn’t learned anything while at the school and stated that LCSS needed to rethink their system. 

Out of state travel for the Google Security Summit in Moncks Corner, S.C. has been approved the Board. 

So was the purchasing of a new maintenance work van. The van will have interior wall shelving, a ladder rack, and a five year/100,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty. 

The estimated $31,939 amount will come from ESPLOST funding. 

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