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Officials discuss school space
Legislators attend annual breakfast
BY MAX ROSE
ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR
More elementary schools will
be needed in just a few years.
Even with space for 500 stu
dents at Morris Grove Elementary
School, scheduled to open this fail
on F.uhanks Road, school leaders
said the district will be crunched
A demographic trend of fami
lies moving into rental housing in
Chapel Hill has generated more
elementary school-aged children.
Assistant Superintendent for
Support Services Steve Scroggs
told local state legislators Monday
morning at the school district’s
annual legislative breakfast.
The increased need has also
been caused by a legislative man
date of small classes for elemen
tary schools, which has required
that the school system hire more
teachers and find new class
That has translated into a need
for an extra half of an elementary
Students serve hours at Union
BY MARY COLE ALLEN
Tristan Routh is in charge of
assigning students to sweep, clean
and move the furniture in the
As the student facility manager
at the Union, he supervises and
arranges work for the students par
ticipating in the community service
Tve coordinated community
service for just about anything
you can think of aside from major
offenses," Routh said.
Students are assigned community
service hours to be carried out at the
Union for anything from underage
drinking citations to being charged
with resisting arrest.
Scott 1 ludson. associate director
of the Union, said the community
service program helps the Union
operate more efficiently.
“There is always a high volume
of things to be taken care of here,"
He added that because of the
Union's extensive operating hours,
it is easier for students to complete
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school for the district.
“It’s good to have reduced the
class sizes, but it is an expense
that is coming back on the
localities," Superintendent Neil
With high inflation in the
construction industry, each new
elementary school costs more,
Pedersen told the group. Five
years after Rashkis Elementary
opened, Morris Grove will cost
Sll million more, even though
the model for the schools is the
And local construction compa
nies sometimes are discouraged
from going through the extensive
bidding process to be chosen to
build a public school, Pedersen
“Were also competing in a way
with UNC in the sense that there
is tremendous construction in our
community," he said.
“(Builders are) picky about what
projects they want to take on."
Although middle school enroll
“We are very flexible, so students
can work around their schedules,"
Although the work is community
service, Routh said he enjoys it and
tries to keep the mood light.
“There’s always something that
needs to be done, so there’s usually
about two to three projects going
on at a time," he said. “The extra
help is nice, and the stories that
landed them here usually provide
a good laugh."
Junior Dwight Johnson said he
is almost finished with his 84 hours
of community service from a DWI
“I've been working off my hours
for almost two months," Johnson
said. “It feels like a lot longer though
because I do my hours in spurts."
Johnson said he received 60 of
his 84-hour sentence from UNC’s
Honor Court and the other 24
hours from the local court system.
“The work I do at the Union isn’t
too — it could be a lot worse
somewhere else," Johnson said.
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ment is not experiencing the same
growth, there will be a need for a
new middle school by 2013. The
high schools will need additional
capacity in five or six years as
And with almost S2OO mil
lion needed in the next 10 years,
the schools will have a difficult
time getting full funding from
the Orange County Board of
Commissioners, Scroggs hinted
to the legislators.
“We are fortunate to have the
facilities we have,” Scroggs said.
“We appreciate the commis
sioners' support, but, as you can
tell, $199 million in 10 years is
a little more than even a com
missioner is going to give to the
But as they sat in Lincoln
Center, which was an all-black
high school when it was complet
ed in 1951 and now is the oldest
building in the district, school
officials urged the state legislators
to help fund the construction.
‘Building public schools has
to be one of the best things that
a community does," city school
trict manager for the Division of
Community Corrections in Orange
County, said students are often
assigned to the Union because it
enables them to complete their
“We place people at different
agencies depending on what they
are best suited for," Perry said.
“The Union is close to where stu
dents are on a daily basis. It is also
a great opportunity to help out the
University while paving their debt
to society at the same time."
The majority of the students who
Perry deals with are in trouble for
alcohol-based offenses, he said.
And while they w’ork at the
Union, the students are taking
part in a symbiotic relationship
whether they know it or not.
“The program gives us more
manpower without us having to
expand our payroll," Hudson said.
And because student fees help
keep the Union running, Hudson
said community service helps
students get more bang for their
“We've been able to broaden our
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posing expanding AmeriCorps and
the Peace Corps See pg. 4 for story
Plans are under way to place
seating near the east end zone side.
See pg. 8 for story .
Legislators and local school offi
cials discussed booming enrollment
and facilities. See above for story.
A Victim Impact Panel discuss
es the consequences of drunken
driving. See pg. .3 for story.
Board ofThistees members give
heavily to political campaigns. See
pg. 1 for story .
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Schools growth by
► $199 million of capital needs
for next 10 years.
► sl4 million spent on Rashkis
Elementary School, which opened
► $25 million for Morris Grove
Elementary, scheduled to open
► $33 million for elementary
school No. 11, needed in about
► $44 million for elementary
school No. 12, needed a few
board member Jean Hamilton
said. “So you build these schools
well, they’re going to be with us
for a long time.
“It’s money well spent."
Contact the City Editor
at citydeskfa unc.edu.
recycling abilities, and we can pro
vide better services to the people
who are here every day by using
community service." Hudson said.
Contact the University Editor
at udexk(a unc.edu.
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TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2008