The Long County Board of Education on Monday approved all schools closing after lunch Thursday for Christmas break.
Superintendent Dr. Robert Waters said the early closing was a reward to the district’s students and employees for helping make the school system one of the best in the state and well-respected in the region. After a brief discussion, the measure passed unanimously. School will be back in session Jan. 7.
Also at the meeting, each school’s student council was recognized and given tote bags in appreciation of service. Members of the Long County High School council are Mellissa Golden, Christy Wingate, Brian Murphy, Paula Pouncey, Samantha Stanley and Teresa Mosley. Walker Middle school is represented by Jeffery Mitchell, Chris Sharpe, Christy Wingate, Jackie Pattison, Misty Robinette and Kim Stock. Smiley Elementary School council members are Rita Deen, David Golden, Tori Gordon, Lelah Pitts, Tara DeLoach, Susan Fuentes and Jenny Futch.
According to Waters, the councils are made up of teachers, parents, business partners and civic leaders from the community. The groups meet regularly to ensure that the schools receive input from the community and to gather insight from the schools.
“You take your time and are always very willing to volunteer your services for our schools, and we thank you,” Waters said.
WMS Principal Heath Crane told the board that seven WMS musicians competed in the recent district honor-band competition, and he is proud of all them. He added that he especially is proud of trumpeter Anthony Olivio, who was selected as a member of the district honor band. He also reported that the WMS girls’ basketball team won a basketball tournament, and the cheerleading squad won the Snowflake Classic at Georgia Southern University.
LCHS Principal Scotty Hattaway reported that the high-school band won two events. The band also won first place in the Savannah Christmas Parade and received a $250 check and a trophy.
Hattaway also reported that basketball season is going well for the girls and boys teams. He said that he is pleased with the number of girls who turned out to play for the Lady Tide.
Waters reminded the board members that they need to take their annual training. Board member Emma Strickland said that she values the training she receives and that few people are aware of the requirements to be a board member. Strickland said current members have to complete nine hours of continuing education each year, and new members have to complete a 15-hour course.