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Commissioners to begin studying school improvement plan

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Commissioners this year will embark on meetings with the three school boards in Halifax County to discuss and possibly upgrade the current school improvements plan.

Revisions to the school improvements plan have been discussed as recently as October and the issue was on the agenda during the board’s annual retreat last month.

County Manager Tony Brown told the board today the plan is show the boards of education what is already on the books in the form of the county’s 2010-2015 plan and for the school boards to provide feedback on what has changed.

Commissioner Carolyn Johnson said she wants to know what the school districts “envision five years from now.”

Said Brown: “We’re trying to be as specific as possible.”

Board Chair Vernon Bryant asked whether the board is looking to re-establish the school improvement plan, to which Brown responded, “It’s open-ended right now. We want to do this thoroughly instead of quickly.”

Brown said after the meeting it will probably take two months to go through the entire joint meeting process. “By summer we may have a working document.”

Discussions of reviewing and possibly revising the plan came up in October when commissioners deliberated on funding a study of the current conditions at Weldon High School and discovery by Commissioner Marcelle Smith some of the schools in the current plan don’t exist.

Commissioners at that meeting agreed to take $38,000 from the county contingency fund to allow the Weldon system to pay for a study which could lead to recommendations on whether the high school should undergo renovations or whether a new school should be constructed.

The $38,000 was the price quoted by Raleigh-based Davis Kane Architects.

The company, in a July 21 letter to County Attorney Glynn Rollins, stated its goal would be to determine whether the school should be renovated or a new building should be constructed on a new or existing site.



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