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Back to school: Students head to classes starting Aug.7

In spite of some confusion caused by large state revenue cuts handed down earlier last week, McDuffie County Schools are ready to begin on Friday, Aug. 7.

"It's kind of like the best of times and the worst of times, to quote a famous novel," Assistant Superintendent Barry O'Neill said. "But it should be another great year. The teachers are ready and we are all ready to go, and looking forward to it."

The most recent cuts from the state means the teachers lose one of their pre-planning days for the new year and will not return until Tuesday. But the student's instructional calendar has not been affected. And Dr. O'Neill said federal stimulus money has enabled the system to purchase new software packages, technologies and hire instructional support positions.

The Board of Education has worked diligently all summer to begin the school year with a new superintendent of schools in place, new teachers for all the "critical" open positions, a new alternative school and no loss of instructional services or extra-curricular activities.

"While the ongoing cuts to public education funding in Georgia are unprecedented and quite disturbing, we will continue to do our best to serve the needs of all of our students and our community," Superintendent Jim LeBrun said in an e-mail.

Web posted on Thursday, July 30, 2009

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