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Long County superintendent praises schools teamwork during recent evacuation
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Long County schools received high praise at the board of education’s December meeting. Superintendent Dr. Robert Waters said the schools’ departments worked well together during the Dec. 6 bomb threat at Long County High School. 

When the threat came in, the high school initially evacuated its students to the Ludowici Well Pavilion field, Water said. But after it was obvious that the students would be out of their classrooms for an extended period, they were transported by buses to Veterans Stadium.

“Everyone worked well together — the transportation department, food services, the middle school, the high school,” Waters said. “Everyone did an outstanding job in dealing with the bomb threat.”

He also praised the emergency workers who responded to the call.

“All of the workers also did a great job, too — the (Ludowici/Long County ) Fire Department, the (Ludowici) Police Department, the (Long County) Sheriff’s Office, the Chatham County bomb squad unit,” the superintendent said. “They all just did a super job.”

Waters said the incident still is under investigation. He said the departments will meet soon to review what they did well and discuss ways they can improve if another incident ever occurs.

The superintendent also reported that the county still is on schedule to receive remediation funds for the canceled 5th brigade.

He said he contacted Rep. Jack Kingston’s office and talked to Brooke Floyd about the matter.

“Brooke reassured us that everything is OK and that the money is still earmarked for Long County and that we will be receiving it shortly,” Waters told the board.

He said the school system is slated to receive $2.9 million in remediation funding by January or February. The money will go toward building the new high school.

The superintendent also reported the following:

• The high school has been reclassified to Region 2-AA. Waters said everyone was happy with the new proposed reclassification.

• Long County schools were on half-day schedules Friday as a reward for meeting Annual Yearly Progress standards.

• The schools’ Christmas break began Friday after the early dismissals. Classes will resume Jan. 3.

• The high school band and chorus held its annual Christmas concert Friday at the high school.

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