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Smiley Elementary gets new principal
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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 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 Lewandowski 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 through out the school system. Edwards informed the Board that each student would earn two unit credits and work at least ten 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 that she had been told that an American flag was not being displayed in every classroom, which also would need to be corrected. Waters said that 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 in this month. The board currently opens each meeting with a prayer, giving everyone present time for reflection.
New Superintendent, Dr. Robert Waters informed the Board that the Fiscal Year 2007 Audit was completed, and that each member would be given a copy of the report for review.
Waters also informed the group that a new portable building was needed at SES, and that the funds for a building were already allocated in the 2009 budget.  Waters also informed the Board that he would begin researching and pursuing the purchase.
After requesting a update on the new softball/baseball field house by Board Member Emma Strickland, Waters reported that it had been framed on the inside and was “close to up and running." Strickland said that it was important to stay on the project, so that it could be utilized for the upcoming softball season.
Strickland also asked about the lighting outside the high school cafeteria, and said that in her opinion it was not safe for school functions or for visitors to the school.  Waters informed the group that Georgia Power Company had been contacted about the issue, and they were sending a specialist to assess the lighting at the school.

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