SCHOOL BOARD HEARS SUPPORT FOR CENTER Electrical Contractor For Elementary School In Default It\ SI SAN I SHI R One ol ihe contractors involved in construction of the now Supply Momentary School is in default, ? ith a replacement id he hired ilns week. Hill Turner, assisuml superinten dent lor auxiliary services, (old Brunswick County Board of Edu cation members thai Reagan Elec trical Contractors of Wilmington was found in default on ils May 1 3 contract when a crew tailed to ap pear for work. The firm had lost several other jobs in neighboring counties, but was in hopes of keeping the Brunswick County contract, said Tumor. "But the first day they didn't show, we took action." Acting on behalf of American Casually, the company that holds the performance bond for Reagan Elec trical Contractors, project architects Bones ?v Associates wore to open bids for a replacement contractor Tuesday. Electrical work on the school is three to four weeks behind schedule, according to Turner, and the new contractor will have to make up the work even u means working seven days a week. Ilie bonding company will pick up any difference in construction cost between the original contract and the new one. Watson Electric had been hired on a temporary basis following Rea gun's dismissal, and is oik* of the companies to bid on the now con tract. After meeting in executive ses sion Monday night, the K>ard direct Oil Turner and the architects to noti l\ American Casualty ol us liability and to rvqucst remedy lor damages incurred as a result ol the dclauli. Must Say \fs' The new elementary sclux>l wasn't the only facility on the minds ol sch?x>l Nurd memlvrs and stall Monday. Alter a visit by schtxil system personnel last month to the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center in Aiken. SC.. Assistant Super mtendent Mose Lewis's had simple advice Monday lor school board members regarding pursuit ol a sim ilar center for Brunswick County. "Just say yes." he said. "They have their center: I think we can have one. The concept is very much within our reach without it taking any ume or energy of the Brunswick County Schools." Carol Midgett. a first grade teach er at Southern Elementary who look part in the tour, described the facilities and the programs provided under the direction of Jeff Priest. Priest spoke about the center earlier this year at a meeting in Southport. Lewis said Brunswick Comm unity College and business and in dustry are eager to become partners with the school system in such a venture. The key, he said, "is finding t)ie right person who would be will ing to go in within low pay and give their time to organ i/e it." In executive session. hoard inem her Rolx-rt SUvkett said afterward, the hoard authorized attorney Glen Peterson to draft a proposal on how the lx?ard should proceed from here w ith the project for discussion at its January meeting. Facility I'lan Adopted .School hoard members adopted a five-year capital improvement plan, as discussed at an earlier workshop meeting. The plan gives with top priority to renovation of the Southport I'lementary Cafeteria into classnxnn space and construction ol a new cafeteria, followed by construction of a new central office at the Bruns wick County Government Center. Assistant Superintendent Bill Turner said die school system should have sufficient funds to build and equip these two facilities, and to purchase land for two new elemen tary schools, and hire design work 011 a future 24,206-s?.|uarc-fool addi tion to West Brunswick High School. The schools expect to re ceive SI .M million in half-cent sales tax revenues and more than a half million dollars in capital fund tax revenues next year. Most of the money needed for the Southport Primary project has already been set aside. Passing I he News SlockeU said Monday night he wanted the public to know the school board was aware of the re sults of a Nov. 5 county exit poll which indicated that those respond ing favored non-partisan school board elections by almost a 3 to I margin. The final tally was -1.3 28 lor and 1 . 1 36 against. "I simply wanted us to lei the public know thai we are interested in the results of the poll," he said, "and thai we expect Mr. (State Rep. David) Redwine to pass tins infor mation along to the legislature." Other business In other business, the board: ?Heard from Turner thai recent break-ins at several schools have in volved areas without alarm systems, such as mobile units, resulting in theft of athletic equipment, comput ers and other items. Schools will be asked to try to move equipment to more sccurc locations over the Christmas holidays. ?Heard from Turner that next year's budget "will have to have a lot of ring-a-dings," since all but one of 1 1 schools have some alarms, clocks and bells that do not work. ? Heard that students are paying 5 cents less for a half-pint of milk. Food Scrvicc Director Rebecca Brandon said the milk/dairy product service was let for bid. with low bid der Pine Slate Dairy awarded a SI 37,7 10 contract. ?Amended the budget to transfer S4.K00 from a school's current ex pense fund to capital outlay, subject to county commissioners' approval. The money will be used to pay off a lease purchase agreement on a copi er that was entered into several years ago against school system policy. ?Adopted the consent agenda, in cluding a trip by West Brunswick High School's basketball team to Gainesville, Fla., to compete in a tournament and for team members to each "shadow" a college player for a day. ? Heard from Cliff Jones and Phillip Tate about a conference on human relations and violence in schools at tention! by 10 representatives of the Brunswick County Schools. They canie back with specific ideas lor prevention as well as intervention of violent incidents. ?Reviewed proposal procedures and instruments for evaluating class room teachers and principals, as pre sented by Assistant Superintendent Mosc Lewis. ?Heard from Lewis that stiff mem bers are working on a five-year plan that sets goals lor the system and milestone year markers, which schools in turn will use to develop their own five-year plans. ?Reappointed members of the South Brunswick Middle School Advisory Committee, including one new member, Sally Lineberger. Head Start Secures Lease For Proposed Leland Site All Four County Community Ser vices of Laurinburg needs now to open a Head Start Center this fall adjacent to Lincoln Primary School in Leland is a federal grant. Monday mghi the Brunswick Countv Board of Education unani mously approved a 10-year lease of property adjoining the primary school. Four County is applying for a fed eral grant to open a 2.800 square foot modular facility near the school, with plans to serve 40 stu denLs five days a week. According to Faye Gore, assistant Head Start director and education coordinator, those figures would be an increase in serv ice to the county. It would also make service more convenient for some Leland are-a parents. Recently Four County announced it is closing the Head Start center at Northwest, hut that students served bv that site can attend the center it is opening in Ransom, in Columbus County, in a better facility that can accommodate more students. Once the center at Leland opens, students could enroll at whichever center is closer to where they live, she said. 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