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Long County HS curriculum night Thursday
BoE hears report on prom safety
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Long County High School will hold a curriculum night from 4-7 p.m. Thursday. According to Assistant Principal Sherry Lester, the event is being held to give parents and guardians the opportunity to meet with their children’s teachers to discuss academic problems and review courses for next year. Parents also can get information on dual-enrollment opportunities and the accelerated program for college credit, Lester said, adding that orientation for incoming freshmen also will be at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. For more information on curriculum night, call Malinda Meadows or Rachel Wilkes at 545-2135.

Prom Safety Awareness Day a success
Long County High School Principal Scotty Hattaway reported to the Long County Board of Education last week that the school’s April 10 annual Prom Safety Awareness Day was successful. The event, held ahead of the prom, was designed to discourage drinking and driving among students. A scenario staged by public-safety groups depicted a mock wreck, a student trapped in a vehicle and another student dying from injuries. Students also took turns driving a simulator, which showed them how difficult and dangerous it is to operate a vehicle while intoxicated.
Hattaway said all of the feedback he received from students and parents was positive. The event’s keynote speaker, Bradwell Institute graduate Adam Cochran, was involved in a 2004 wreck in which three people were killed and Cochran was charged with DUI and vehicular homicide. Having served his time, he now speaks to groups about the dangers of drinking and driving, stressing to young people that one bad decision can change their lives and the lives of others.
Hattaway said that Cochran’s testimony was moving, and he thinks it had a profound effect on the students who heard him. The Long County Sheriff’s Office, Ludowici/Long County Volunteer Fire Department, Liberty EMS and AirEvac participated in the day, according to the principal.
BoE member Dennis DeLoach said the event must have worked, because there had been no reports of Long County students involved in any wrecks or alcohol-related incidents.
Long County School System Superintendent Dr. Robert Waters told BoE members that strategic-planning fliers are being distributed in the community to increase participation in a planning survey. More information on the survey is available at
Chief of Staff/Curriculum Director Dr. Glen Purcell reported that the system won a $19,000 technology grant, which will help purchase new servers to enhance and speed up the school’s Internet.

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