Tonight's regular monthly meeting of the Richmond County Board of Education will be a bit different than most.
Prior to the meeting, the board members and Charles Larke, the Richmond County superintendent of schools, will take a few moments to honor World War II veteran Henry S. Black.
Mr. Black was a student at the Academy of Richmond County when he was drafted into the Army 58 years ago. Instead of graduating from high school, he headed off for a battlefield in the Philippines.
The Columbia County Board of Education gave Mr. Black a similar honor earlier this year when it presented him and several other Augusta area veterans with honorary high school diplomas.
Columbia County Superintendent of Schools Tommy Price gave Mr. Black a diploma during the Memorial Day "Red, White and Blue Veterans Celebration" at Patriots Park.
Also tonight, the board will review and likely grant final approval for the new Hephzibah Elementary School, slated to open this fall.
The board will open bids and award contracts for playground equipment, basketball equipment, milk and bread for the cafeterias, ambulance services, communication systems and pupil services.
The board will hear a report from school board member Helen Minchew on the recent meeting of the Georgia School Board Association.
Also tonight, Dr. Larke is expected to name Donald Williams as the new principal of Blythe Elementary School and Claude Wayne Baker as the assistant principal at Cross Creek High School.
Richmond County Board of Education meetings are held at 7 p.m. at the central offices on Heckle Street.
Reach Justin Martin at (706) 823-3552.
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