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January 11--  Two members of the Vidalia school board switched wards and took new oaths of office at Tuesday night's school board meeting.

{mosimage}The 2010 census caused a shift of ward lines in Vidalia.  As a result, the residence of First Ward board member Bruce Asberry (right) ended up in the new Third Ward and the residence of Third Ward board member Doug Roper, III is in the new First Ward.  To correct the situation, both resigned and were reappointed to represent their new home wards.{mosimage}

The board also named a local construction firm to manage upcoming projects at J.D. Dickerson Primary School and J.R. Trippe Middle School.  McDonald Construction will be paid five percent of the construction cost to oversee the work.

In a related move, the board okayed purchase of a third of an acre of land located next to J.D. Dickerson.  It's paying $30,000 to buy the lot occupied by the former Freddie's Body Shop which will be torn down to give the school additional parking.

Meanwhile, Vidalia school board members have completed requirements to be named a Board of Distinction by the Georgia School Boards Association.  The honor is expected to be announced at the Association's meeting this June in Savannah.