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Needy Long county kids to get glasses
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Long County School Board members discuss an issue at their Feb. 7 meeting. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
The Long County Board of Education approved a measure last week that will allow the parents of some needy kids to buy eyewear for their children at a low cost.
Smiley Elementary School Nurse Katie Golden informed the board that the Georgia Correctional Industries were offering the pilot program to the school system, and the price for each pair of eyeglasses would be $25.
Board member Florence Baggs asked, "Would a parent of a child who needs eyeglasses, and doesn't have any, and they can't afford to get them, be able to use this program?"
According to Golden, the program would be opened to only those children who are enrolled in PeachCare Kids and Medicaid, but the goal would be to open it to any child who is determined needy.
Golden also said parents requesting the glasses would have to provide an up to date prescription, and the nurses at each school would fit the glasses to the children.
"There is no cost to the schools for this program. The only thing that would have to be done is for the nurses to get the training to fit the glasses to the children," Golden said.
In other action, the board postponed approving the proposed 2008-09 school year calendar until March so they could get public opinion on the calendar.
Member Linda DeLoach said copies of the calendar will be made available at the board office, each of the schools' offices, and on the BoE website, where comments may also be emailed in.
Board members Emma Strickland and Baggs also proposed each of the schools making a "State of the School Address" either at a monthly meeting or at a work session.
According to Baggs, some of the information that could be given at the meeting would be "how discipline is going at the school," needs, goals and plans.
The board also announced that any residents who would like to offer input into the hiring of the next superintendent should attend the March 13 meeting. It also was reported that a spot on the BoE website was being set up for opinions from people not be able to attend the meeting.

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