17% School Budget Hike Asked
By Sherry Matthews
? After a three hour meeting, the
Hoke County School Board
adopted a requested budget that
will be presented to the county
commissioners within the next two
The budget calls for a 17.2V# in
crease or $150,572 more than the
schools received from the county
- The school board is asking the
^county to appropriate $1,024,799
"for the 1983-84 fiscal year and is
calling for a total budget of
That figure is $536,641 more
than was appropriated for the
education system last year.
According to Finance Officer
Don Steed most of the projected
increase is coming from the state
funds which have risen some
^$237,888 from last year's figures.
? Local funding requests have in
creased by only $133,572, while
federal funding levels have been
cut by 14<7o or $49,582.
On the local level, a $7,000 in
crease has been budgeted for the
superintendent's salary climbing
from $6,000 to $13,000, and only a
5%, or $28,850, across-the-board
salary increase has also been
?allocated within the local budget
for all school employees.
In local money, $20,000 has also
been requested for an ROTC unit
at Hoke High School which if ap
proved will allow for the first pro
gram of its kinchin the Hoke school
Other salaries that are weaved
within the local "wish list" include
janitor and maid salaries that
range from $4,376 to $8,148 and
maintenance salaries that start at
$9,600 and extend to $17,000.
Other expenses maintained
within the local proposed budget
are travel expenses for the central
office and the school board
Included in those expenses are
$6,000 allotted to the superinten
dent and $6,400 for the school
According to Steed, money is
allotted for hotel arrangements,
food expenses and in the
superintendent's case, travel inside
and outside the county.
Other local expenditures include
principals' supplements totaling
$7,400 and athletic supplements of
At Tuesday night's special
budget meeting, Superintendent
Robert Nelson suggested that the
board "seriously" consider ap
pointing a task force that can study
the possibilities of getting sup
plements for teachers.
At present, no money is
budgeted for teacher supplements.
Within the state monies
budgeted for the coming fiscal
year, salary increases have shown a
The superintendent's salary has
increased by $2,520 to $36,984,
compared to last year's figure of
Principals' salaries have also in
creased $9,857 while teachers'
salaries have increased from
$2,830,583 to $2,901,357 or a
$70,774 rise from last year's
In the central office salaries
range from $18,000 to $36,984,
while principals' salaries begin at
$22,000 and increase to the highest
paid which balances near the
Other items budgeted for the
1983-84 year include federal
revenue sharing funds which total
Weaved into the revenue sharing
funds is $64,865 that will go
towards roofing improvements at
South Hoke and Upchurch schools
along with illumination to build
ings at J.W. Turlington and Up
Also included within the revenue
sharing is proposed money for
typewriters, band equipment,
vocational equipment and school
At Tuesday night's meeting, the
board voted to adopt the budget
prepared by Steed and submit it to
County Manager James Martin for
Included in the school board's
budget request is $1,103,799 in
local monies, $6,456,466 in state
funds, $1,750,938 in federal
dollars and $184,615 in revenue
sharing requests for a total budget
?$64,000 In Butter, Cheese Offered
The Hoke County Department
of Social Services (DSS) plans to
distribute 30,000 pounds of cheese
and 12,800 pounds of butter
valued at $64, 068.00.
The distribution will occur only
on June 1, 2 and 3 between the
hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
at the Old National Guard Ar
mory, located on 401-Business.
Ken Witherspoon, Hoke DSS
Director, said volunteers are still
needed to assist with the project.
Both men and women are need
ed to work in four-hour shifts
from either 8:30-12:30 or.
12:30-4:30 on any of the days.
Those who are interested in
volunteering are asked to call the
Department of Social Services at
875-8725 and volunteer.
Eligibility has been expanded to
include any individual who is 60
years of age or over without regard
to income or resources. An
authorized representative will be
permitted to pick up the butter and
cheese should an over 60 individual
be unable to come.
Individuals receiving any one of
the following types of assistance
will be eligible:
-Individuals receiving Social
Security Disability payments, Sup
plemental Security Income
payments, an Aid to Families with
Dependent Children check,
Medicaid or Food Stamps.
-Individuals who have a gross
monthly income at or below 150970
of the 1982 non-farm poverty level
will also be eligible. This equates to
a family size of one with a gross
monthly income of $585.; family
of two is $778.00; a family of three
is $970.00; a family of four is
$1,163.00; a family of five is
$1,355.00; a family of six is
$1,548; a family of seven is
$1,740.00. Add $193.00 for each
additional family member beyond
Witherspoon said the cheese and
butter will be distributed to
households and an applicant needs
to meet only one of the criteria
group for the entire household to
All applications are a self
declaration by the applicant and
no verification will be required.
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MAIN ST., RAEFORD
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Health officials believe that this site near McCain Hospital has been used for late night burning of hazardous
. . .State Probe
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samples had not been completed
Tuesday, Home said the early in
dications were that the three sites
would have to be cleaned up.
Wilson said if the state tells him
to clean the sites, he will.
"We are not handling any
dangerous PCB's, and if there is a
problem we will correct it,"
Wilson said. ?
Most of the transformers for the
salvage operation come from a
contractor who purchases them
from Carolina Power and Light
(CP&L), Wilson said.
"We purchase them from Jim's
Electric out of Jacksonville,
Arkansas. They buy them from
CP&L, and we go to Raleigh and
pick them up," Wilson said.
"I believe this whole thing has
been blown out of proportion,"
Wilson said. "We want to let the
people know that we are not doing
No PCB's above levels con
sidered dangerous by the federal
Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA), 50 parts per million, are
being handled by the Hoke County
dismantling operation, Wilson
Recent sampling of the storage
tanks used by Wilson showed
readings of 23 parts per million
PCB, Home said.
At his state Highway 211 loca
tion west of Raeford, Wilson says
he dismantles the transformers,
removes the copper wire cores,
drains the oil, which is placed in
the underground storage tank of
an abandoned service station,
saves the casings for sale and
places porcelain parts in the Moore
Efforts have been made to get a
permit to operate incineration
equipment at the site, however,
Wilson said, the regulations were
stiff and the equipment costly, so
the project was abandoned
The equipment would have been
used to burn paper from the cop
per wire coils, he said.
The coils are now taken to
Goldsboro, where they are sold
and exported to Taiwan, Wilson
The oil is sold back to Jim's
Electric for 40 cents per gallon and
shipped to Jacksonville, Arkansas,
Some transformer casings are
shipped to Dillon, South Carolina
and sold, and others are stored on
the Hoke County sites until the
scrap market improves, Wilson
Although Wilson lives in
Goldsboro, he says he uses the
Hoke County location for his
dismantling because it is easier to
reach by truck, and shipping costs
can be kept low.
In an editorial it was incorrectly
stated that the Faberge expansion
would create 200 jobs.
The expansion will actually
create 50-100 new jobs.
We regret the error.
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