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Association honors Long school board
Long BOE
Front: Janet Watford, Long County BoE chairpeson, Dr. Ricky Brantley, Georgia School Board Association; and BoE member Florence Baggs. Back: BoE member Dennis DeLoach, BoE Vice Chairperson Julie Dawson, Long County Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Waters. The school board was honored by the Georgia School Board Association on Monday. - photo by Photo provided.

The Long County Board of Education met Monday to discuss the latest matters concerning the schools.

One of the first things they talked about was themselves.

Ricky Brantley of the Georgia School Board Association presented two awards to the BoE in recognition of recent achievements.

The first was the Distinguished School Board Award and the second was a safety incentive grant for $5,000.

Brantley expressed his congratulations and his admiration, saying, "I don’t know if there is a tougher job. To support and change the students’ lives is an awesome responsibility."

Dr. Robert Waters, superintendent, said of the honor: "We hold our kids and teachers accountable. We should be held accountable too."

In other business:

The BOE approved a contract agreement with the Long County Board of Elections and Registration for a special called election for a referendum on a new Educational Local Option Sales Tax, or ELOST.

Janet Watford, board member, made the announcement that Monday’s night meeting was going to be her last on the board.

Watford expressed her gratitude and thanks to the board for her years of service and praised her fellow board members.

"It has been awesome," Watford said. "Our reputation precedes us. It has been a beautiful trip."

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