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Buford school board honors theater department

BUFORD -- During its regular monthly meeting on Friday, officials with Buford City Schools congratulated the high school's theatre department for winning its first AA state championship.

Students competed Oct. 28 in the one-act competition with "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" and took home the top prize.

Theatre Director Kim Staples was in attendance at Friday's Buford City Schools meeting. She thanked the board for recognizing the theatre department.

"We appreciate the support we're given year after year," Staples said. "The community was on board with helping us, and everybody did a good job."

A cast and crew of 72 students was "very happy" with the results of the competition, Staples said.

In addition to commending the theatre department, officials with Buford City Schools talked financials.

Specifically, Superintendent Geye Hamby and the school board members began discussion about architectural services for upgrades and construction in the district.

With Tuesday's passage of the Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST IV), Buford City Schools is slated to receive a projected $17 million of the total funds collected in the county. It's money that's earmarked for building upgrades and construction of a multipurpose facility.

In other business at Friday's meeting, the board approved the construction of playground equipment at Buford Academy. The school's parent-teacher organization has asked to spend $17,000 of its own money for the new equipment.