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Barbara Christmas to Head Career Academy Start-Up
Tuesday, 09 June 2009

June 9--  A former candidate for state school superintendent will serve as the interim chief executive officer for the Southeast Early College and Career Academy in Vidalia.

Vidalia school superintendent Dr. Tim Smith told the Vidalia school board Tuesday night that Barbara Christmas of Metter successfully started a charter school in the Atlanta-area and has agreed to help with the local school start-up.

Dr. Smith also said there's a good chance the vocational labs will be taught initially on the campus of Vidalia High School because facilities and equipment are available for classes planned to start in August.

The school board also approved a 2010 school budget totaling nearly $28 million with just over $4 million funded by local property taxes.  Due to an unexpected plus-up in federal stimulus funds, Dr. Smith says the budget should not require any withdrawals from the school system's reserve funds.

The school board also voted not to refund any non-resident school tuition money this year and expects up to $40 thousand in additional revenue due to the change of policy.  Previously the system returned 50 percent of the tuition money if the student had satisfactory behavior and performance.

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