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No smoking at Long schools any time
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LUDOWICI -- The Long County Board of Education tightened up its policy on tobacco use at its May meeting.
Upon the recommendation of school nurse Katie Golden the board adopted a tobacco-free policy that says no student, staff-member or visitor will be permitted to use any kind of tobacco product.  This will be enforced during class and any school related function, whether on campus or off.  In addition, the policy will be enforced on school property 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
The areas included are any building, facility or vehicle owned, leased or chartered by the school system. The areas the policy will be enforced on will be on any school grounds and property, including athletic fields and parking lots.
The BoE also congratulated the 2007-08 teachers of the year for each of the system's three schools. Each principal schools presented their top teacher with a bouquet. For Smiley Elementary School the winner was Vivian Griffis, for Walker Middle School it was Lisa Long and for the high school Melinda Chancey claimed the prize.
One of those teachers will be selected system teacher of the year.
The board also heard Suzanne Stephens, representative from the Long County Public Library, request increased funding for the library. According to Stephens, the BoE had been paying $800 each month, and she requesting upping that to $1,200.  After discussion, the board approved the increase.
Superintendent Dr. Edwin Pope reported on House Bill 881 concerning charter schools.  He and Chairman Dempsey Golden agreed that the measure was unfavorable for local schools.  
According to Golden, if the bill passed, it would give appointed groups decision-making authority over local systems.  He also said local money would follow the charter schools with the state in control, instead of local boards.
After a brief discussion the BoE voted to have Pope draft a letter, requesting that the governor veto the bill.
The board also voted to have the groundbreaking for the new school on May 14 at 1 p.m. and rescheduled the next meeting for June 12.
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