Originally created 08/07/03

Report excites staffs in McDuffie County



THOMSON - McDuffie County pupils will head back to the classroom today.

School Superintendent Ed Grisham said teachers were thrilled Wednesday with the news that no county school was on the list of schools that failed to meet the standards set by the No Child Left Behind Act.

"We are real proud of that," said Dr. Grisham, who spent Wednesday afternoon touring the county's seven schools.

Thomson Middle School Principal Claude Powell said he spent Wednesday in faculty meetings and passing out classroom materials to teachers.

"We've got an upbeat attitude. We're excited and ready to go," he said.

Meanwhile, construction continued at Thomson Elementary School, where some teachers and pupils will be shuttled from a nearby shopping center because of construction delays on a bus lane in front of the school.

At Briarwood Academy, Wednesday was the calm before the student storm, said Karen Hawes, the private school's yearbook and newspaper adviser.

"We're looking forward to our students getting here and the year getting started off on the right foot," she said.