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School lunches to increase by 15 cents
Positive Athlete
BOE recognized a series of students and faculty accomplishments including the Positive Athlete program. (Photo provided)

The Liberty County Board of Education approved a 15-cent price increase for school lunches during a regular meeting on May 14. This means that elementary school lunch has increased from $2 to $2.15. Lunch for middle and high schools has increased from $2.35 to $2.50. Breakfast will continue to be served at no cost. Contracts with school nutrition service vendors have also been approved for another school year.

The Jordye Bacon Educational Complex is complete, with the BOE needed to approve the project close-out. This close out states that all accounts for labor, materials and services have been paid for. The BOE approved the close-out though invoices still need to be received according to Jason Rogers, COO for the school system.

The FY20 CTAE local plan, which allows for things like upgraded equipment in CTAE labs, travel for Career Technical Student Organization (CTSO) advisors, and industry certification programs, was approved.

Deputy Superintendent Dr. Zheadric Barbra told the board he wanted to clarify a previous statement made in a letter to the editor that ran in the Courier, that the Liberty County School System was focusing on predominately black colleges. LCSS isn’t looking at just historically black schools, he said. According to a list given by the Deputy Superintendent, Fort Valley State University is the only such college that the school system is looking to recruit from. The other schools are Kennesaw State University, Georgia College, Mercer University, Georgia Regents/Augusta State, Georgia State University, University of West Georgia, Albany State, Metro Resa, University of Georgia, College of Coastal Georgia, Georgia Southern University, Valdosta State University, and Mississippi State University, as well as Liberty County Schools job fairs.

The board also recognized a number of community members and students for a variety of accomplishments from Liberty Aspiring Leaders Academy, 21st Century Leaders, and Positive Athlete. Cristy Flenner was honored with the first ever Liberty County School System Nurse of the Year award, with Barbra being awarded the GSSA’s Executive Leadership Program Certification of Completion.

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