Squabble Over Superintendent Opens School
BY MARJORIE MEGIVERN
Brunswick Counly Board of Education member
Robert Slockett attempted an end run Monday night to
change the procedure for hiring a new superintendent,
but Board Chairman Donna Baxter and Board Attorney
Glen Peterson called a foul on the play.
The board meeting opened, as always, with the seg
ment for public comment. Slockett took the opportunity
to read a comment he said came from people who had
spoken to him about the process of securing a superin
tendent to succecd P.R. Hankins, who recently an
nounced he will retire in September.
"People arc concerned that we take time to find the
very best person possible," he said, "so 1 move that we
appoint Mosc Lewis as temporary superintendent, effec
tive October 1, to be followed by a national search to fill
the position by June 1, 1993."
Ms. Baxter quickly responded, "We'll take this under
advisement," but Slockett persisted, saying he had made
a motion that required action.
Peterson got in the act, ruling that his motion was out
of order bccause it was made during public address.
Slockett argued that this action was allowed by Robert's
Rules of Order, from which he showed underlined por
The attorney advised that Brunswick County Board of
Education rulings prohibit a motion during public com
ment, and that these rulings supersede Robert's Rules.
As they argued, Ms. Baxter finally spoke up Firmly.
"I'll have to rule you out of order and we'll move on."
Slockett muttered, "I'm not out of order, I'm sorry to tell
you," but he subsided.
During a two-hour executive session on personnel at
the close of the meeting, the subject of the superinten
dent's search arose again, Slockett said later.
"I chose not to press the issue further," he said, "be
cause we decided to go through the eight in-housc appli
cations received and then we can reopen the process to a
state or national scope."
He said a few of the eight applications arc from out
side the system, as information reached outsiders who
then applied before the 5 p.m. Monday deadline.
The short agenda that followed Slockctt's exchange
included brief reports and little board action. Approval
was given a proposal by Frank Blackman. chairman of
the Math/Science Alliance Committee, to add one
teacher and two businessmen to the coordinating board.
James McAdams, social studies/ communication co
ordinator, said summer school, scheduled to start July 7,
will conclude August 7. (See story elsewhere)
Assistant Superintendent William Turner reported on
Supply Elementary School progress (sec story else
where) and said 20 to 25 new white-top buses will be re
ceived this summer.
Rudena Fallon, finance officer, got board approval to
set up a new account with N.C. Cash Management Trust
for lite holding of various deductions from employee
Her request for an insurance consultant to be hired at
an initial compensation of $8,900, however, was turned
down in a 3-1 vote. "I'm not an insurance expert," she
said, "and I'm getting a lot of calls from parents who
want their kids' bills paid for injuries. We have a large
area of liability here."
Fallon explained that the N.C. School Boards
Association recommended such a consultant to help re
view student accident forms.
She added, "I'm told 90 percent of all insurance poli
cies contain errors."
Board member Polly Russ was reluctant to spend the
"We don't know about our funding for next year," she
Doug Baxley, another board member, noted that,
"Maybe we'd get a better rate from a comparable
provider, if this is a competitive thing."
Only Slockett voted to hire the consultant.
Following the executive session, the board approved
personnel transfers to Supply School (see story else
where) and the following additional actions:
?Tcachcrs hired included Elcne Busch of Charlotte,
math. West Brunswick High School; and Steven Moore
of Wilmington, Jennifer Johnson of Yaupon Beach, and
Leslie Laning of Burke, Va., Bolivia Elementary.
?Extended employment was approved for: Julianc
Moon, Sandra Humphrey and Sally McMillan, all pre
school diagnosticians, ccntral office, and William
Moslcy, driver/warehouse food service.
?Leave of absence was granted Susan Reeves, Union
Primary, and Hazel Holden, South Brunswick High
?Resignations were accepted from Darrell
Henderson, Leland Middle and Judy Cowan, SIMS
?Paula Hopper of Tarboro was hired as a substitute
County Not Apt To Help Fund River Study
BY MARJORIK MEGIVERN
The Brunswick County Board of Com
missioners likely won't make a contribution to a
$71,250 study contracted by area industrial lead
ers to avoid a High Quality Water (HQW) desig
nation on the Cape Fear River.
Commissioners' Chairman Kelly Holdcn
said area governmental bod
ies were not part of the deci
sion made in 1990 to pursue
the study, an investigation
of data on the condition of
the Lower Cape Fear River
The object of many area
industrialists, all of whom
discharge into the river, was
to find a strategy to avoid
the upgraded designation for
the Cape Fear, which they believed would re
strict future expansion of their industries.
"In my opinion, the county shouldn't con
tribute a penny to it," said Holdcn. "To come
forward now and ask for money for a study that
we didn't have anything to say about is a viola
tion of protocol. When you consider all those in
dustries discharging into the river, it's hard to
believe they can meet present standards. I'm not
in favor of even more pollution."
Commissioners received copies of a letter re
questing the county's assistance in paying for
the study but did not discuss the request at their
Holdcn pointed to the Leland Industrial
Park as a more environmentally safe way to han
"We deal with new industries that don't dis
charge anything into the waters here," he said,
adding that other commissioners fell as he did
about the request
The letter asking for Financial help camc
from J. A. Hcnriksen, president of Takeda
Chemical Products in Wilmington, one of more
than a dozen industries along the river who were
informed, in November 1989, that the N.C.
Environmental Management Commission
(EMC) intended to reclassify the Cape Fear and
Northeast Cape Fear rivers to a high-quality wa
ter designation (HQW).
These waters had previously been classified
C-Swamp Water, meaning that their best usage
was for aquatic life propagation, fishing, wildlife,
secondary recreation and agriculture.
The change was prompted by a decision on
the part of the Marine Fisheries Commission to
designate the river a primary nursery area, which
automatically requires a HQW designation.
Wilmington Industrial Development, (W1D)
was approached at its January 1990 board meet
ing by Herb Strickler and Dick Hargitt, environ
mental officials at General Electric and E.I.
DuPont de Nemours, respectively, and
Henriksen. The EMC proposal was explained as
a move that would require industry to discharge
according to new, more restrictive requirements,
so as to improve the quality of the river. Effluent
toxicity might have to be cut.
It was concluded that redesignation would
have a definite economic impact on the region
and WID Director Wayne Zeigler requested that
the N.C. Department of Economic and
Community Development study it.
As a result of a meeting of industry, port and
city officials with WID members, the
Wilmington representatives held an organization
al meeting in April 1990 to investigate the issue.
Other leading industries participating included
Oxy-Chem, Federal Paper, Cape Industries,
ADM, CP&L, Arcadian, Wright, and Koch, all
of whom ultimately contributed up to SI 0,000
each for the study commissioned by an 1 1 -mem
ber committee appointed by WID.
The committee included Hargitt, Andy
Wood, N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher; Gene
Rcnzaglia, Occidental Chemical; Chuck Wakild,
Federal Paper; Preston Howard, Dept. of Natural
Resources and Community Development;
William Squire, First Union National Bank;
Rich Barnes, WID; Steve Ross, N.C. National
Estuarine Research Reserve; George Booth,
CP&L; Jim Merrill, Center for Marine Science
Research; Rich Carpenter, Division of Marine
Fisheries; and John Bower, public utilities direc
E.A. Engineering of Adanta was contacted
to conduct a study. Results arc expected to help
the group establish a plan that would maintain
water quality while allowing for additional in
Industries feel the proposed reclassification
is inappropriate because the Cape Fear is tidal
and connected to swamps and wetlands which
naturally discharge high levels of organic matter.
Howard called the Cape Fear River "unique,
in that it's the only body of water in the state
that empties into the exam and already receives
a lot of waste. Wc had public hearings, begin
ning in 1989, in which a lot of conccm was
voiced about water quality."
However, he disagrees with the prevalent
public opinion that the Cape Fear River is pol
"The only problem identified by the state or
by environmental groups-by anybody-is the
level of dissolved oxygen, which consumes
waste. The level is depleted in summer, but wc
don't know how serious this is. Wc can't even
remember when we had a fish kill bccausc of
The report from the engineering study,
scheduled for completion in April, will not be
ready until July, Howard said. When results are
made known, the committee will use them to
propose a new strategy, if that seems feasible, or
to make recommendations to the EMC about re
Howard said the industries involved in this
project are equally committed to maintaining
water quality and that their future expansion is
an important factor in the final solution.
"The EMC is supposed to take into account
economic considerations, as well as environ
mental ones," Howard pointed out. "If industry
had wanted to control the Cape Fear River, the
first thing they would have done is challenge the
primary nursery area designation proposed for it,
and they haven't done that."
Meanwhile, governmental bodies asked to
contribute to funding the study include New
Hanover and Brunswick counties, the City of
Wilmington and the state Department of
Economic and Community Development. No
specific amount was mentioned, just "whatever
you consider the worth of avoiding development
stagnation for your area."
As of last month no governmental agency
had contributed to the cost of the study.
WILL BE OPEN FROM JUNE 1 5-JUNE 26
Registration Opens Monday For New Wetlands Program
The U.S. Department of Agricul
ture has announced that the sign-up
period for the new Wetlands Re
serve Program will be open from
Monday, June 15, through Friday,
Under the program, the Agri
cultural Stabilization and Conserva
tion Service can spend money to
purchase permanent casements from
eligible landowners who agree to re
store farmed and converted wetlands
with some adjacent lands dependent
upon the wetlands.
"WcUands are critical for the pro
tection and enhancement of habitat
for migratory birds and other wild
life, improving the hydrology of our
water supplies and storing waters,"
said Richard Toler, ASCS director
in Brunswick County. "It is more
important now than ever that our
Calabash EMS Picks Officers
New officers for the Calabash
Volunteer Emergency Services
Board of Directors were installed at
the group's June 2 meeting.
Chosen to serve for 1992-93 were
Kaihy Morfit, president; Sharon
Benton, vice president; Grace Rat
igan, treasurer; and Maryn Hall, sec
Two- year board members include
Robert Correll, Alan Howarth and
Lina Angstadt. Holdovers on the
board are Joan McMahon and
Jcannic Cameron. Mark Christy is
chief of the squad.
The squad responded to 473 calls
between June 1, 1991, and May 31,
1992. Members worked 1,630 man
hours and traveled 19,1 1 1 miles.
Purchased this year were a new
ambulance, two semi-automatic de
fibrillators and a simulator pack.
This year marks the squad's 10th
Dr. H.J. Davis
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the association of
offering therapeutic & full body massage
Tues. & Thurs. 9:30-5
of Shallotte/Ocean Isle
llwy. 179. Ocean Isle. 579-3502
wetlands be preserved for future
To enroll in the program, land
owners must visit the ASCS office
in the Agriculture Building at the
county complex in Bolivia during
the sign-up period and complete
form ASCS-890, Intention to Parti
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Additional information on the
WRP is available from the ASCS,
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
or the Cooperative Extension Office.
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Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry
Extends Crossing Schedule
As of Wednesday, passengers on
the Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry have
the option of leaving Brunswick
County earlier and returning later.
For the next two months, the state
Departmention of Transportation
will be testing a new schedule aimed
at providing more flexibility for
tourists and for commuters who
might use the ferry to cross the Cape
Fear River, said Bill Jones, DOT
The first ferry leaves Southport at
6 a.m., about two hours earlier than
in the past, while the last ferry
departs Fort Fisher at 7:20 p.m.
During the summer season two
ferries work the crossing; this year
they are the Sea Level and the
Enunit Winslow, accommodating 20
and 24 cars respectively. A new
larger-capacity ferry for the run, the
Governor Russell , named for a for
mer governor from Brunswick
County, will be dedicated later diis
College students serve as tour
guides on the ferries during the
tourist season, distributing brochures
on popular destinations and an
swering questions about sites
viewed in crossing and about the
The Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry
is the most direct route to several
popular slate-operated tourist attrac
tions at Kurc Beach, including Fort
Fisher State Historic Site and the
North Carolina Aquarium.
The two ferries accommodate
cars, bicyclists and pedestrians.
One-way fare is S3 for a car or other
vehicle 20 feet in length or less; S6,
vehicle or combination of vehicles
from 20 feet up to and including 32
feet in length; SI, bicycles; and 50
To double-check on the schedule
or to find out about accommodations
/fees for larger vehicles, call the
ferry office, 919-457-6942.
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