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Class Notes: Earthquake doesn’t disrupt trip by Brenau

POSTED: April 24, 2013 1:13 a.m.

A Brenau University delegation was in Hong Kong when a devastating earthquake struck southwestern China on Saturday, school spokesman David Morrison said.

The disaster didn’t disrupt the trip by Brenau President Ed Schrader and a couple of other school officials, Bill Lightfoot and Pete Miller, who are expected to return Thursday from the country.

They have been in China “nurturing relationships and talking with prospective students,” Morrison said by email earlier this week.

“We have ongoing relationships with three universities in China and attract a number of students from China, particularly in the (master’s in business administration) programs.”

Morrison said Brenau has a couple of students in China, and the delegation was visiting them as well.

The earthquake in mountain-flanked Lushan has killed 192 people and injured more than 11,000.

Hall County Board of Education OKs minor projects in district

The Hall County Board of Education voted Monday night to OK a slate of minor projects throughout the district.

“We’re gearing up full speed for summer projects,” said Damon Gibbs, facilities director.

“All of them have to do with renovation or upgrades to a variety of our campuses — anywhere from media centers to flooring (improvements).”

He noted that work is being done at Lanier Career Academy at 2723 Tumbling Creek Road in South Hall to prepare for a new horticulture program.

Mobile library planned for three schools this summer

Superintendent Will Schofield said the system also plans to have a “mobile library that’s going to go around to three of our most impoverished schools this summer, creating an opportunity for children in their neighborhoods.”

For the effort, the district has gutted a school bus and installed shelves, “where we can keep literacy materials in the hands of our children,” Schofield said.

“Nothing is more dear to our mission than getting young children reading well and reading often,” he added.

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