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    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.
Four County can terminate its
lease with the school board on 30
days* notice should funds not be
X / / ?
available, while the school board
can terminate the lease will) 90
days' notice should it need the site
for other purposes.
The lease includes enough land
on which to place the modular struc
ture and a small playground. The
center will tap into the school's wa
ter and sewer services, but will pay
its own electric and telephone bills,
said board attorney Glen Peterson.
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