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    BCC, School Leaders Discussing
Math/Science Technology Center
BY SUSAN USHER
A proposed maih/scicncc technol
ogy ccnier is gelling a closcr look
this week from iwo local education
al institutions.
Following an exploratory meeting
earlier this month on the possible
joint venture, officials of the Bruns
wick County Schools and Bruns
wick Community College were to
meet Wednesday to discuss in great
er detail the proposed center, its mis
sion, organization and staffing,
school board attorney Glen Peterson
Monday niihl at the school
I VJ'VJ' IVV1 "'O
board's regular meeting.
The meeting which was held in
the media center at North Brunswick
High School.
More than 1(X) parents, school
employees and others packed the
center, in sharp contrast with the last
such board meeting held at a Leland
area school. That last meeting was
attended only by meeting regulars.
More Details Sought <
While generally supportive of the
proposal, said Peterson, collcgc offi
cials said more information on the
organization of the promised center
is needed before BCC could endorse
the project or take part in it fully.
Participants in Wednesday s
meeting in addition to Peterson were
to be Superintendent o! Schools P.R.
Hankins, BCC President W. Michael
Reaves, Board of Education Chair
man Donna Baxter, and BCC Board
of Trustees Chairman David Kelly.
They will be reviewing bylaws
and organizational materials for a
center at Aiken, S.C., that is the
model for the local proposal, as well
as proposed mission statements be
ing drafted by the BCC staff.
Only after this group reaches con
sensus, indicated Peterson, would
any recommendations be presented
to their respective boards, such as a
barcboncs outline for the center or
appointment of an organizing com
mittee.
In response to questions Irom
board member Robert Slockctt, who
has pushed for establishment of such
a center, Peterson said the director
of the Aiken, S.C., center would be
contacted later in the organizational
process and that initial staffing
needs would be considered at Wed
nesday's meeting.
Slockett said he thinks it is "ovcr
ridingly important" that a lull-time
director for the center be hired im
mediately.
Letters Worked
High attendance at Monday's
meeting was attributed to a letter
sent to parents from the Parent
Teacher Associations (PTAs) of the
three local schools urging a show of
support for the PTAs at the board
meeting.
"You have tremendously shown
your support," Lincoln Primary
School PTA President Tina Chillis
told ihc group, saying the PI'A
would forward to Ihc school board at
a future meeting conccms and needs
relating to the local schools.
Her comment came aflcr one au
dicncc member questioned the agen
da, saying he thought most of those
present were interested in discussion
of an "imbalance of distribution of
equipment" among the county's
schools.
Ms. Childs asked that the parents
meet with PTA officials
while the board was in executive
session, behind closed doors.
Lcland Middle School PTA
President Glenda Browning said the
group agreed that it would talk to
gether, identify parents' concerns
and needs, then find positive ways
to address them.
Finding Solutions
"We're going to find solutions,
not just point fingers," she said.
Like her, said North Brunswick
High's PTSA President Polly Grady,
some of the parents are "frustrated."
wanting to help improve their chil
dren's schools and not always know
ing how to go about it.
"It doesn't matter who you are or
what you have, everybody wants
something better for their children,"
she continued. "The PTA is going to
be the vehicle for making requests to
the board, but we realize we're not
always going to gel everything we
ask for."
The PTAs plan to appear before
the school board at a Feb. 8 policy
workshop.
According to Ms. Child, the high
turhout reflects changes in the over
all northern Brunswick County
area ? greater organization of its res
idents, emerging of new leadership
and increased involvement and in
terest in improving the community
as a whole.
An increased level of parental in
volvement in the schools is evi
denced in volunteers painting cafete
rias at both Lincoln Primary and
Lcland Middle schools, participation
in parenting workshops and in ether
PTA functions.
"We know we're not at par with
some of the other schools and it's
time to gel on track. I think that's
what we're ready to do," she said.
"We want to find out ways to help
the schools improve."
As an example, she cited one par
ent who reccndy videotaped activi
ties at Southport Elementary School,
just to give fellow PTA members a
glimpse of what their own local
school could be like.
Other Business
In other business the school board:
?Set a workshop Saturday, Feb. 8,
starting at 8 a.m. to review proposed
Yuupoii Beoch Man
Hit By Car Dies
A pedestrian was killed Friday
evening after being struck by a vehi
cle on Yaupon Drive in Yaupon
Beach.
Grover Puc, 73, of 212 Sellers St.,
was crossing Yaupon Drive at
Norton Street when he walked into
the path of a car driven by Earl
Cranford Fann, 53, of Long Beach,
Yaupon Beach Police Chief Aubrey
Hickman reported.
Investigating Officer C.W. Scwcli
indicated the driver did not see the
victim until after he had been struck.
Puc was thrown approximately 35
feet from the point of impact, the re
port stated.
Hickman said Tuesday afternoon
that no charges have been filed.
I. eland Wrecks
Two accidents were reported at
the same location Friday afternoon
on U.S. 74-76 at Lcland. One in
volved two cars around 5:20 p.m.
and another involved five cars
around 5:45 p.m.
In the first iccidcnt, Barbara
Dclcna Moore, 2i, of Clinton was
charged with an unsafe movement
violation, State Highway Trooper
D.B. Harvell reported.
According to Harvcll's report,
Ms. Moore was traveling west on
U.S. 74-76 when she switched lanes
in front of a 1977 Chevrolet driven
by Robert Oliver Walker Jr., 31, of
Lcland.
Walker applied his brakes but
struck Ms. Moore's car in the rear,
Harvell reported.
There were no injuries. Damage
was listed at $2, (XX) to both vehicles.
The second accident occurred in
westbound traffic that had stalled
from the first accident. Three cars
collided when one driver failed to
slow down, reported Harvell. Two
other cars later struck the pile-up
around 5:45 p.m.
Two drivers, Franccs Strickland
Cartrette, 31, of Rcigclwood, and
Jonas Lee Webb, 74, of Delco, were
both charged with failure to reduce
speed, Harvell reported.
According to Harvell 's report,
Ms. Strickland's 1976 Oldsmobile
struck the rear of a 1986 Buick driv
en by Alton Leo Raynor, 63, of
Leland, whose vehicle then ran into
the rear of a 1984 Ford driven by
Beatrice Parker, 29, of Wilmington.
The three cars came to rest par
tially on the shoulder of the road
way, Harvell reported.
A fourth vehicle, a 1989 Ford driv
en by Kimberly Wilson Overton, 18,
of Wilmington, had slowed for that
accident when her car was struck in
the rear by a 1979 Chevrolet driven
by Webb, Harvell stated.
Damage was listed at $800 to the
Parker vehicle; S4.000 to the Raynor
vehicle; $500 to the Cartrette vchi
clc; S3, (XX) to the Overton vehicle
and SI ,000 to the Webb vehicle.
Ms. Parker received minor in
juries and was taken to New
Hanover Regional Medical Center
in Wilmington by ambulance.
Two Injured
Two people were injured Satur
day evening in a two-car accident on
U.S. 17 less than a mile south of
Shalloilc.
Harvell charged an Ash resident,
Henry Mack Daniels, 78, with an
unsafe movement violation follow
ing the 5:45 p.m. accident.
According to Harvell, Daniels at
tempted to make a left turn into a
driveway when his 1981 Ford was
struck by a 1988 Pontiac driven by
Charles Mclvin Collins, 16, of
Fairfield.
Both Daniels and a passenger in
Collins' car, Hcllcner Collins, 45,
received minor injuries and were
taken to The Brunswick Hospital in
Supply.
Damage was estimated at S2.000
to the Collins vehicle and SI, 500 to
the Daniels vehicle.
policy changcs. The board's next
regular meeting is Feb. 3 at 6:30
p.m. at the central office.
?Announced it would present its
five-year construction plan to the
Brunswick County Board of
Commissioners at that board's regu
lar meeting Tuesday. Jan. 21 , at 6:30
p.m. in the commissioners' cham
bers at the Brunswick County
Government Center. The plan calls
lor expansion and renovation of
North Bninswick High School and
construction of a new elementary
?a;hnn! in the north ailcp.dsncc 9fCV*,
among other projects.
?Viewed a multimedia presentation
bv an Apple Computers sales repre
sentative on the "classroom of to
morrow".
?Heard that the new clcctrical con
tractor for Supply Elementary
School, Robeson Electric of Lum
berton, put more than 30 people on
the job and has the project back on
schedule. The previous contractor
defaulted, putting work three to four
weeks behind. The school is to nc
ready for occupancy in August.
? Heard that the central office
School Improvement Team will
make presentations at each county
school over the next lew weeks, fol
lowed by a retreat for school prin
cipals and their School Improve
ment contact persons and then orga
nization of similar teams by each
school.
?Adopted a resolution from the
North Carolina Parent Teacher
Association supporting mandatory
drug and alcohol testing of bus
drivers. Brunswick County already
has a testing program in place.
mi mi A<vi<ir.r.; #vr
intendent Bill Turner that the schiKil
system is recommending that the
state Department of Transportation
install Hashing lights at two Lciand
area intersections, U.S. 74-76 and
Lanvale Road and Old Faycttcvillc
Road and Lanvale Road.
?Heard from Turner that construc
tion of bleachers at North
Brunswick High School will begin
before Jan. 28 and will be completed
within 90 days. This schedule
should allow the school more time
to raise its S25,000 share of the pro
ject cost.
Board Expected To Name
Supply School Principal
BY SUSAN USHER
A principal for the new Supply Elementary School was cx pec ted to
be chosen Wednesday night by the Brunswick County Board of Edu
cation.
After meeting behind closed doors for one and one-half hours
Monday night discussing personnel and attorncy-clicnt matters, the board
reccsscd its meeting (held at North Brunswick High School in Lcland)
until 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the central office in Southport.
Superintendent RR. Hankins said he hopes the board will select a
principal at that lime. Citing l!.e abscncc of District I board member
Dotig Rax Icy, attorney Glen Peterson said he thought Hankins wanted to
give the full board an opportunity to consider the candidate he is recom
mending for the job.
Of about 21 applicants, Hankins said 10 met the qualifications. Seven
were from within the county system and three were from outside.
The school system is looking for an administrator to take a creative
lead in making the school a model, innovative facility.
"We don't want one like we have," said Hankins.
i ic didn't ailc out tiic possibility, however, that a iocai educator might
be chosen for the job, saying, "It is possible for it to be someone local
who has a v ision but hasn't had an opportunity to express it."
With the school scheduled to open in August, Hankins said, "There
arc a lot of things to be done and time is moving away.
"We want this person to have ample time to dream, to project and to
plan."
Among other things the new school administrator will be touring oth
er exemplary schools to sec what is being done elsewhere, pulling togeth
er a staff and planning the structure of the school and its instructional ap
proaches.
Once the superintendent makes a recommendation regarding a per
sonnel matter, the board considers it and either approves the candidate or
rejects him or her. If the first recommendation isn't approved, then staff
comes back with an alternative candidate.
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