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Road work outside new school OKed
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The Long County Board of Education last week approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Long County Commission to complete a required deceleration lane in front of the new high school. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle

The Long County Board of Education signed an intergovernmental agreement Monday with the Long County Board of Commissioners to complete the required deceleration lane in front of the new high school. Last week, commissioners signed the agreement and now, according to Superintendent Dr. Robert Waters, everything is on track to complete the work by the time the school opens for the 2013-14 academic year.
The previous commission received a $150,000 check from the Georgia
Department of Transportation in February to put toward the project; however, when the current
commissioners took their seats in June, Chairman Robert Long said that no paperwork regarding the project could be found. Long went to the BoE last month and told members that the commission would be willing to continue work on the project as soon as the proper documents were filed.
Long County Library Manager Kathy Jackson introduced herself to the BoE, briefed members on the library’s activities and thanked them for their support. The BoE, along with the Ludowici City Council and the commissioner, financially support the library. The BoE also reappointed Dr. Kathy Simmons to the Long County Library Board.
The BoE approved a spending resolution for August. According to Waters, since the budget has not yet been approved, the resolution was needed so that the school system could continue normal operating procedures. The board will work on the budget during a July 22 workshop with the goal of preparing it for review by the regularly scheduled August meeting.
The BoE voted to do away with the school daycare center, which had been in operation for several years. Waters said the center should be eliminated due to a lack of participation and because it wasn’t self-sustaining.

In other business, the BoE:
• approved Michael Taylor as Long County High School’s assistant principal.
• approved Jamie Dawson as Walker Middle School’s assistant principal/speech teacher.
• removed geography as a requirement for graduation, and said that it now will be taught in social studies classes.
• reviewed and made no changes to the Parental Involvement in Education policy.
• defined online programming requirements for student teachers.
• clarified wording in the Migrant Title III Plan.

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