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Smiley Elementary gets new principal
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Ann Thompson is the new assistant principal and David Edwards the new principal at Smiley Elementary School in Ludowici. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
The Long County Board of Education approved David Edwards as Smiley Elementary School’s new principal at its July meeting. He replaces Sandy Jones.
Edwards had been the assistant principal at Long County High School for the past three years prior to that he was a teacher at the school for seven years.  Edwards has a bachelor’s of arts degree in business education and a master’s in education leadership, both from Georgia Southern University. He has been in the Long County School System for 10 years.
The elementary school also will welcome a new assistant principal, as the board approved the transfer of Ann Thompson from the high school. Thompson was the LCHS graduation coach for two years, before that she was the special education teacher for 26 years. She has been an educator in the Long County School System for 28 years, and has an educational specialist degree in leadership.
The board also hired Dean Brown as the new LCHS graduation coach, transferred teacher Mandy Walker from the pre-K school to SES, transferred receptionist Holly Lewan-dowski from the pre-K school to LCHS and approved six paraprofessional positions at SES.
The board also approved six work-based learning students to be employed throughout the school system. Edwards informed the board that each student would earn two credits and work at least 10 hours per week, in this program.
Board member Linda DeLoach reported that she had received reports that the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and the 60 seconds of silent reflection were not being observed at all of the schools.  
According to DeLoach, if this was true, it concerned her and it needed to be addressed. She also said she had been told that an American flag was not being displayed in every classroom, which also would need to be corrected. Waters said he would address both of the issues and insure that all the problems were taken care off.
DeLoach said the board of education also would say the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, before board meetings, beginning this month. The board currently opens each meeting with a prayer.
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