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$640.000 BUDGET SHORTFALL EXPECTED
Union Elementary School
BY SUSAN USHER
By the time school begins in late August, contractors
should almost be through renovating the oldest building
on the Union Elementary School campus at Shallottc.
The 10-classroom building dates to 1951 and is heat
ed by a boiler and cooled by window air conditioning
units. Renovations would include a new heating and air
conditioning system, new windows and dropped ceil
ings. Classrooms were recently recarpcted and the roof
repaired so "this would take care of Union," said
William Turner, assistant superintendent for auxiliary
The work, expected to cost about 5385,000, is among
SI.94 million in repairs, site improvements and con
struction approved by the Brunswick County Board of
Education Monday night The money is from state
sources?half-cent sales tax revenues and aiwallocation
based on school system enrollment
It will probably be after July 1 before the rest of the
current expense or capital outlav budget are adopted.
Before the start of the fiscal year on July 1, school
board members expect to approve a continuation budget
that allows the schools to operate at current levels until a
1993-94 budget is completed. That will probably happen
after Brunswick County Commissioners and the N.C.
General Assembly adopt their budgets and the school
board has a better idea of how much money it will re
ceive and what size salary increase teachers will receive.
Based on state- and locally-paid teachers receiving 2
percent increases, the school board still needs to cut
$602,000 from an operating budget Finance Officer
Rudi Fallon and Staff Development Director Gloria
Talley say is "fat-free" already. If the increase is 3 per
cent, another $39,000 must be cut if other revenue
sources aren't found.
The school board will meet again Monday, June 21, at
6:30 p.m. at the central office in Southport to continue
discussing the budget, particularly as it relates to Super- cas Brunswick County students are weakest in, a new
intendent Ralph Johnston's proposed staff reorganization salary schedule for other classified employees and high
plan and the best approach to take in expanding West er supplements for bus drivers, and funds toward con
and North Brunswick high struction of a new elemcn
schools. (( TI/ . j 7 tary school in the Lcland
"If 1 seem a little frustrat- We nave totally run out area and expansion and
ed, it is because 1 am," renovation of West
Johnston said after s\-f <pr\rifx/> sit W/pvt W/f* Brunswick High School.
Monday's meeting. "1 am UJ L Ul "COt. rr^ rivivC Monday night Assistant
very frustrated." nlnre &1 VP tn an " Superintendent Turner
"Where are we going to 'Jt/tCiCC CiJC It/ asked the board to consider
find that kind of money? So DllD -R-lM V?? K?'n8 ahead with the First
much for restructuring. Of "Oily KUSS, DOaiu Memoer, phase of renovating either
all the years not to get an in- Speaking On renovations needed at Wesl Brunswick or North
crease in our current ex- w t Brunswick Hioh School Brunswick hi8h ^h001
pense budget," he said, not- WeSl nrun}?w,CK- nign atnooi sjnce WOfk cou,d ^
ing that Brunswick County on a new elementary
is the only school system facing similar funding prob- school this year.
"The technology money helps, but technology alone
won't do it," he said of efforts to improve county student
Most of an increase in the county's allocation of S8.7
million went to cover increased insurance, salary in
creases for clerical personnel and custodial and mainte
One million dollars was designated for technology de
velopment. The money will be used to hire six computer
lab specialists, to buy software, to design and install a
computer network, to hook on to a fiber optic network
being developed by UNC Wilmington and to train teach
ers and staff in use of the new equipment
The school board had supported plans by Johnston to
reorganize his administrative staff by putting more su
pervisory type staff in the field, a plan that must now be
Cut from the original budget were funds to hire nine
or 10 lead teachers to coach their peers in the subject ar
He proposed a 14,770-square-foot addition like the
one at South Brunswick High?six classrooms and a
new office suite, with renovation of the old office area
into classrooms. "It would be a good start," he said.
Added board member Polly Russ," We have totally
run out of space at West We have no place else to go."
Turner's to provide the board with enrollment figures
and cost figures it needs to decide which high school has
the greatest need, since both are badly overcrowded, and
whether it would be more cost effective to do the work
in phases or, as board member Bill Fairley queried.
"squirrel away" money and contract the entire job at
Board member Yvonne Bright also asked about the
possibility of a different type of renovation.
"Certainly the offices at North Brunswick need to be
moved to the front, but it seems like what we need most
is just classrooms."
Given the lack of money to meet all needs, board
members still want to settle on school priorities in sever
al areas before adopting a final budget, such as whether
to replace a maintenance vehicle with between 150,000
and 200,000 miles on it or buy more instructional sup
plies for classrooms.
"The way 1 see it," said Ttimer in defense of the line
item, "If the maintenance people can't get to the build
ings to take care of them, we won't have schools."
The source of six scholarships with a combined value
of $4,000 presented to West Brunswick High School se
niors last week was incorrectly identified in a June 10
Beacon article on the school senior awards program.
The Dr. Kendall H. Suh Civitan Scholarships are giv
en annually by the South Brunswick Isles Civitan Club.
Also, the amount of the scholarship awarded by Long
Bay Garden Club was given incorrectly. The scholarship
was for $300.
The Beacon apologizes for the error.
Southport Elementary School
Will Blend Arts IntoClassrooms
Southpon Elementary School is for the pilot program plus a resource
one of three southeastern North program that is to make community
Carolina elementary schools chosen cultural resources more accessible to
to become pilot schools as part of all schools, K-12.
the A+Schools Program. The school district allocation is to
Southport, Chadbourn Elementary increase annually until local school
in Columbus County and Sunset boards assume the entire program
Park Elementary in New Hanover cost by the fifth year, the end of the
County have agreed to work to inte- pilot project.
grate academic disciplines and the The N.C. Department of Public
arts in an effort to improve the class- Instruction will provide evaluation
room learning environment and aca- and assessment services during the
demic performance. pilot project, publishing the results.
The project is based on studies Sen. R.C. Soles Jr., D-Columbus,
that show academic performance filed a bill Monday that would allo
improves in school programs that cate $40,000 to the program.
blend music, art and dance into the Sponsors are seeking funds to pay
curriculum on a daily basis. for a four-day teacher training semi
The program will cost approxi- nar at the University of North
mately 577,500 per school per year, Carolina at Wilmington for approxi
and the pilot program will last four mately 150 teachers from the partic
years. Local boards of education ipating schools. The A+ program re
have committed to pay 525,800 for quires educators to make significant
each site this coming year. The Arts changes in the ways they both teach
Council of the Lower Cape Fear is and learn.
raising 5194,000 in matching funds The three schools were chosen
from among six applicants from the
seven counties involved in planning
for the project. The counties include
Robeson, Bladen, Brunswick, Col
umbus, Pender, Sampson and New
Brunswick Community College
will offer a class in American Sign
Language during the summer.
Class objective will be to enable
students to communicate with the
hearing-impaired through the use of
American Sign Language hand sym
bols. The eight-week course will be
taught by board-certified, master
level teacher Jean Kalzynski.
For registration or information,
call Brunswick Community College
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