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Long County students, employees recognized
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The Long County Board of Education on Monday recognized employees Eula Davis and Faye Griffin for having perfect attendance last year. Also recognized was Mike McClelland, who wasnt able to attend the meeting. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle

Several Long County school system students and employees recently were recognized for their achievements.

Art students excel, FFA members attend fair in Perry
Work-based learning coordinator Karen Swindell said that four students recently competed in the Youth Art Competition in Perry, with each of them bringing home a ribbon. Haille Jones won first place and the Best Overall award in the 3-D division for her presentation, “There’s Magic in the Fair.” Earning honorable-mention ribbons were Kailyn Taylor in photography, Jackie Morey in painting, and Alyssa Kezner in the 3-D division. The students are taught by art teacher Jenna Jones.  
“Great job by Ms. Jones and outstanding work by the students, keep up the good work,” Swindell said.
Agriculture mechanics instructor Marc Roe said 45 members of the Long County FFA chapter attended FFA Day at the Georgia National Fair in Perry. Members met fellow FFA members from across the state and agriculture supporters.
Roe said the state association has a membership of more than 35,000, which is the third-largest association in the nation. He added that the National FFA Organization was known as the Future Farmers of America, but changed its name in 1988 as the agricultural field became more diversified. The organization focuses on developing members’ potential for leadership, personal growth and success in agricultural education, Roe said.

LCSS employees recognized for attendance
The Long County Board of Education on Monday recognized three employees who had perfect attendance during the 2012-13 school year.  
Bus driver Eula Davis and environmental specialist Faye Griffin each were given a $200 check from their supervisors at the meeting.
“(Griffin) is the very best. She always goes above and beyond in her job performance, and there are many times she will stay late. In short she just can’t be replaced,” Long County Middle School Principal Heath Crane said.
 “(Davis) is a very fine driver, and I appreciate all that she does for our transportation department,” transportation supervisor Paul Lewandoski said.  
Bus driver Mike McClelland also was recognized, but wasn’t able to be at the meeting.
Also Monday, Chief of Academics Officer Dr. Kathy Simmons told the board that the five-year district Southern Association of College and Schools evaluation will take place in about 18 months. She said the system will begin preparing for it at the beginning of 2014.
The board passed the FY14 Board Training Plan, as well as a measure allowing Superintendent Dr. Robert Waters to approve resignations in the school system.

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