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Is sports travel too much?
Two soon-to-be BoE members think so
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Newly-elected school board members Dennis Seger and Charles Johnson haven't been sworn in yet, but they're already making a splash.

The two men told the Bryan County BoE on Thursday they're worried about the latest region realignment putting too much of a travel burden on the county's high school sports teams.

Richmond Hill plays in 3AAA, Bryan County in 3A.

The men said travel time of up to three and a half hours one way was excessive and resulted in too many hours out of the classroom, long bus rides, and additional gas expense.

Seger pointed out that the drivers of the buses for the sporting events are also teachers, and the long trips are a safety concern because many times they return to the school later than midnight after teaching during the day, resulting in extremely tired bus drivers and weary teachers the following day.

Richmond Hill High School principal Charles Spann told both Seger and Johnson to come by his office to discuss the matter further as "this is the first [he’s] heard of the complaint," and he "is not the one who decides the region, the Georgia High School Association is."

In other business:

- A motion carried to allow the Ogeechee Seafood Festival use of six school buses, primary and elementary school parking lots from Friday, Oct. 17 through Sunday, Oct. 19.

- A motion to accept a $10,000 bid for refinishing Bryan County High School’s gym floor carried.

- A motion carried to approve FY2010 Capital Outlay Program Application for growth funds in the amount of $2,578,161 for the new Richmond Hill Middle School.

- A motion carried to authorize superintendent to sign a quit claim deed to Bryan County which acknowledges the BOE has no interest in a parcel of less than one-half acre designated as parcel No. 49.

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