BCC To Open Bids July 30 For Auditorium
BY IONIA TRKST
Construction ol the long-awaited
auditorium at Brunswick Communi
ty College is on target to begin by
Bids for the CXlell Williamson
Auditorium project will be opened
July 30 at 3 p.m., Ben DeBlois,
BCC's administrative vice presi
dent. told trustees during a two
hour, 15-minute meeting last Wed
Trustees voted to meet after the
opening to discuss the bids. Onec
bids are awarded and work begins,
construction is expected to take ap
proximately 13 months.
The building is the last on cam
pus to be funded by the proceeds of
S8 million in general obligation
bonds approved by Brunswick
County voters in November 1985.
Ground was broken for the
1 ,500-seat facility on Oct. 8. 1989.
but construction was delayed be
cause of a series of incidents. The
initial project architect died, then
errors in the plan were discovered
that required redesign of the project
to bring it within budget projec
In another building matter, Al
Woolen, chairman of the building
and grounds committee, announced
that Homer Wright, developer of St.
James Plantation near South port,
has donated S8.000 to complete
plumbing renovations at Centennial
Center, a community center for the
arts housed in the former gymnasi
um on BCC's Southpon campus.
Brunswick Community College
employees, like state employees in
STAFF PHOTO 6V TC>N'A T?6ST
LYNDA K. STANLEY (right) is sworn by Vicki Spencer (left) to (he
Brunswick Community College Hoard. Member Jim Rabon was
reappointed for another three year term.
general, will rcccivc no pay in
crease this year. However, they will
receive an extra holiday ai Christ
mas, said Chairman Dave Kelly.
BCC will rcccivc less money
front Brunswick County this year
than last, though it had requested
more. Financc Committee Chair
man Jamie Milligan said the college
will rcccivc S5 1 1,244, or 15 percent
less than the S603.244 sought. Of
thai total, S501.244 is for current
operations and SI 0,000 is for capi
tal outlay. For the 1990-91 fiscal
year, the county appropriated
S526.555 to the college.
The hoard approved a S4.04 mil
lion institutional budget for 1991
92, which included S3. 16 million in
state funds and SI 64,000 in federal
funds in addition to the county's al
"No program had been jeopar
dized by the budget," according to
Ben DcBlois, administrative vicc
Chairman Kelly said state salar
ies will not be increased, but an cx
tra holiday will be added ai Christ
mas. The BCC stall will receive this
extra day oil.
President Michael Reaves gave
the legislative committee report. The
school may he granted S4(X).(XX)
from the Economic Development
Administration (EDA) under the
U.S. Department of Commerce to
fund the aquaculturc program.
If received, funding should be
granted by January or February. The
school will only be responsible for
40 percent of the costs of this pro
gram while EDA will fund the rest.
Reaves reported S50.(XX) had
been requested for the turf manage
ment program and only S25,(XX)
was received. This money was used
to hire a consultant for a feasibility
study.The board can expect the con
sultant report by the first of die
Occupational extension program,
will be held to meet the immediate
needs of dicsc students.
Chairman Dave Kelly formed a
committee to explore the feasibility
of the program. Members will in
clude Jim Rabon, Malcolm Grissett,
Lynda Stanley and Jamie Milligan.
Their report is due in four months.
In other business, the board:
? Discussed personnel matters in
executive session for an hour, re
turning to say no action was taken.
?Welcomed new member Lynda K.
Stanley of Southport, appointed by
the Brunswick County Board of
Commissioners. Before the meet
ing, resource development officer
Vicki Spencer swore in Mrs. Sum
Icy and Jmi Kabon. who was recent
ly reap|H)inled by (lie Brunswick
County Board of Education to a
?Learned that graduation is set
Aug. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Southport
Baptist Church, with a reception af
terward in the Southport Communi
ty Building. A pinning service for
nurses will he held Aug. 20 at
Calvary Baptist Church. Shallotte.
Slockett Wants Line
Item On The Record
Sligh Will Replace Bowden As Board Shifts Personnel
Carlion Sligh will replacc Eugene
Bowden as assistant principal at
West Brunswick High School, one
of a series of administrative reas
signment* approved last week by the
Brunsw ick County Board of Educa
tion with little public discussion
Superintendent PR. Hankins said
he recommended the staff changes
as "being in the best interest of the
Brunswick County Schools and the
students" and in response to com
ments received from teachers and
School board members met Wed
nesday night in a continuation of
their Monday night meeting, going
immediately behind closed doors to
discuss personnel and attorncy
clieni matters for 2 1/2 hours. In
open session the board approved the
changes by unanimous vote, then
Monday night, the board had met
behind closed doors lor three hours
on the same general topics.
Sligh, a former principal of Boli
via Elementary School, most recent
ly has worked as attcndancc coun
selor at West Brunswick.
In a lateral move, Bowdcn will
move into the vacant assistant prin
cipal's slot created at South Bruns
wick High School with the promo
lion of Sue Sellers to principal. She
replaced Mosc Lewis, who was
named assistant superintendent lor
In another lateral move, Les Tubb
will take the principalship of South
Brunswick Middle School, rcplac
ing Robert Rhyne. Tubb was princi
pal ol Lcland Middle School for the
past three years. Before thai he was
an assistant principal at South
Brunswick High School.
Rhyne was reassigned as assis
tant principal of Lcland Middle
Leland's assistant principal and
former seventh grade teacher, Chris
tine Hall, was named interim princi
Hank ins said funds arc available
within the budget to cover any sal
As tenured administrators, none
of those involuntarily transferred
will sec their total compensation re
duced from 1990-91 earnings. And,
where promoted, they will qualify
for salary increases. Finance Officer
Rudi Fallon indicated.
"Very little" county money is in
volved, she said, with the state actu
ally assuming a greater share of
some individuals' compensation
than in their previous assignments.
Member Robert Slockett was
looking for a "retraction" last Wed
nesday night when the Brunswick
County Board of Education re
sumed a meeting that had begun
two days earlier, but it wasn't forth
During a July 15 debate over the
board's role in a proposed regional
education ccnlcr, Slockett hail told
fellow board members that about
S7,5(X) had been included in the
budget for the Brunswick County
Education Foundation. He suggest
ed the money could be used to un
derwrite some of the upcoming ex
penses associated with developing
the teacher education center project.
However, fellow board members
said they weren't aware ol such a
budget item, a view initially con
firmed by the system's linancc offi
However, further chocking by
Slockett and stall confirmed there is
indeed a line item lor a BCEF
"grant" of S7,3(X).
Wednesday night. Slockett callcd
lor a retraction, wanting it clarified
in minutes ol the meeting that the
funds arc included in the budget.
However, Slockett will have to
wail until al least the board's next
A majority voted Wednesday
night against amending the agenda
to allow the motion to be presented.
The board discussed personnel and
attorney-client matters lor three
hours behind closed doors before
meeting briefly in open session to
approve five suit I reassignment s.
Alter the meeting. Chairman
Donna Baxter said that when the
budget was originally presented to
the board, she thought the line item
reflected grant money from the
BCEF "to go to students", not to
BCEF, or she would have ques
"I thought they were supposed to
he helping us and giving money to
us, not the other way around," she
said, "it's not lair to ask taxpayers
to give to a foundation they didn't
vote on supporting."
"We already have so many pro
grams now that we don't have the
staff and money to do, that we don't
need to be taking on anything else,"
When the BCEF was first being
organized ahout two years ago, Ms.
Baxter and Slockett were the two
school board members named to
serve as liaison. The idea, she said,
was to help the organization get on
its feet and become independent as
quickly as possible while maintain
ing communication channels with
The foundation was organized to
support the school system and its
academic programs, promoting ex
cellence in teaching and improved
student academic performance.
Uist year, said Slockett, it award
ed "mini-grants" totaling approxi
mately $10, (XX) to teachers on a
competitive basis for specific pro
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