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April 23, 2007


Waycross -- As the Wild Fire in Ware County rages on for the 7th day, students in the area are out of school for the fifth.

The board of education met for hours yesterday evening trying to determine whether or not to send Ware County students back to school. At the end of the meeting they finally decided it would be best to cancel school again today, making it their fifth day away from class.

They are expecting the winds to shift and heavy smoke to cover Waycross and the rest of Ware County.

However once they do finally open up the schools, the 450 students of Ruskin Elementary School will be reporting to Sweats Memorial Baptist Church.

Dr. Joseph Barrow, Ware County Superintendent  said, "They've opened their arena and we're actually going to have school there for Ruskin until we're able to get back to Ruskin Elementary School."

They say the church is large enough to accommodate those students while the school is being cleaned up from the heavy smoke damage left by the wild fire.

They said right now they are on a wait and see approach to when they feel it's safe to allow students back to school.

The school system will now work closely with the department of education to determine if the days missed will be made up later this year.

The staging area for the fire management has moved. The school board hoped to be back in school today or at least in the next few days, so the staging area, the relief center, and the mobile command unit have all moved to the National Guard Armory just off Highway 82.

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