LOWNDES COUNTY -- The Lowndes County Board of Education unanimously approved new course additions for Lowndes High School this week.

According to Dr. Steve Smith, superintendent, the school system's budget will allow for these classes to be added. The classes, which won't have to be offered every year, won't be added work for teachers.

The classes are: Study Skills III: Georgia High Graduation Test Preparation for Science/Social Studies, SAT Preparation: College Transitions, Career Awareness for the New Millennium, Life Skills and Career Decisions, Introduction to Interior Design, Interior Design Fundamentals and Agricultural Food Products Processing, Operations and Management. These classes have been approved for the 2004-05 school year. The board approved the classes as part of a consent agenda. It was passed along with the monthly budget and benefits for employees.

All of the board members except for Willie Linahan were present for the meeting.

The board also recognized the following employees and teachers:

National Board Certified Teachers: Tammy Greenway from Lake Park Elementary, Teresa Hall and Sandy Folsom from Hahira Elementary School, and Lynn Williams from Dewar Elementary School.

Georgia Council on Economic Education Stock Market Game Winners: Bonnie Smith, Patrick Powell, Grant Rentz and Rob Summers from Lowndes High School, with their teacher, Jennifer Holley.

Future Farmers of America Public Speaking Contest Winners: Crystal Carter and Erica Giles from Lowndes High School.

February GREAT Award Winner: Creacy Sermons, principal of Parker Mathis Elementary.

To contact reporter Michelle Taylor, please call 229-244-3400, ext. 245.

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