Schools' Budget Dispute To Be Settled Through Mediation (Continued From Page 1-A) school board members if they had chosen to seek only funds for a new north-end elemen tary school, rather than the full difference between their budget request and actual allo cation. "There will be other times we need their help and support," he said, noting he had wanted the school board to use a less con frontational approach in seeking additional funds from the county commissioners, to meet with the other board informally. Peterson said that was the approach the school board as a whole would have pre ferred, and had sought during the regular budget development period this past spring. However, commissioners were involved in other matters at the time and this year, for the first time in a number of years, the school board was not scheduled to present its budget request to the commissioners. Instead several board members and school supporters spoke during the budget hearing. "The needs we have are real," said Peterson. "We arc viewing this as a process by which we can continue to discuss with the commissioners all the needs of the Brunswick county Schools, particularly the need for the new north end elementary school." "An ongoing dialogue is personally what 1 would like to see result from this." However, Cause is convinced the oppo site will happen, even if the school beard succccds in getting more money this year. He predicted Tuesday that the commission ers' position will harden, and the school board lose out again next year when it pre sents its budget request. While Peterson and the majority of the board consider legal costs of the appeal an "investment," Gause said he thinks it is "money thrown away." The matter is expect ed to cost approximately approximately S5.000 if handled quickly, more if it drags on. The school board sought S14.25 million in county tax dollars this year and is to re ceive S9.43 million. Commissioners gave the schools a 5 percent increase in funding, then added another SI million for a new technology program, for a total increase of 17 percent over last year. Midway through the previous budget year it had granted the schools additional money to meet energy ex penses. However, the sum is well short of what the school board said it needs to carry out a school improvement program and to meet pressing construction needs. As a result, ear lier this month the school board voted to be gin a formal process of appealing its local budget. The first step was a joint meeting with commissioners last Friday night in which the two parties were to make a "good faith effort" to resolve their differences. The session ended with sudden adjourn ment by Don Warren, commissioners' chair man, shortly after Peterson sought continued discussion and Ramos advised the school board that the county had met its legal oblig ation. A scries of speakers defended the school board's request for more funding and the county's relative ability to meet that request without hardship. Speakers cited plans for a new lead teacher program to improve instruction in areas slate testing has identified as weak and to revamp salary schedules of additional classified personnel. Speakers also noted the need to begin immediate construction of a new elementary school in northern Brunswick County, where Lincoln Primary and Lcland Middle are overcrowded and substantial growth is expected, and to plan for additional construction to relieve over crowding. The school system's population is expected to increase from nearly 9,000 stu dents this year to 1 1 ,300 by the year 2000. "If we started construction today it would be two years before a new school opened, and that would have nominally averted a cri sis," said board member Bill Fairley of Southport. "If it is not funded, we will have a crisis." School Finance Officer Rudi Connor not ed that Brunswick County is ranked 1 1 th in the state in ability to pay, based on property valuation and other resources, between two other coastal counties. Dare and Currituck, but ranks 42nd out of 133 school systems in actual per pupil expenditures. While the county has a fund balance of approximately $14 million for use in emer gencies or natural disasters. Commissioner Wayland Vcrccn questioned the schools' sct Ung aside SI. 8 million, including S5(X),(XX) unappropriated funds to maintain cash flow. While recognizing that the schools have unmet needs, Don Warren, chairman of the commissioners, said the school system is just one of the agencies and departments it funds, and that there other short- and long term needs to be addressed, such as water system expansion, a sewer system for south west Brunswick and industrial development to create more local jobs. Speaking only briefly. County Manager Wyman Yelton told the school board it had "a revolving fund balance that is much larg er than it appears." He also recommended the school board switch to a line item moni toring of spending "and hold people to it, otherwise people will overspend." Warren questioned the relationship of money spent to student performance in Brunswick County, and asked," Can they re allocate the resources they have and spend them more wisely?" Auditorium Rotes Are Set Though Decision Is ' Tough ' (Continued From Page 1-A) from the college's operating budget. "This first year it is really tough to decide what is fair, but I don't think in the long run we can afford to cut the rates a lot. "But at the (auditorium) board of directors' meeting the other day, 1 can assure you nobody believed this was for forever." During a typical booking of a four- to six-hour block. Auditorium Manager Michael Sapp said that the building would be "running hard" during three to four of those hours, at an estimated cost of SI 00 an hour for electricity alone. "But it's hard to tell until we have it up and running," he added. "We don't really know what it will cost to open the facility." "I would love for every group to come into the auditorium whether they can afford it or not," said Sapp. "But we have to be able to pay the electricity." "Wc can't ask the county com missioners ? or maybe wc can ? but so far wc arc not getting that kind of money." Trustee Jamie Millikcn pointed out another practical concern, say ing, "You can't crank up a combine to shuck one row of corn." Nodding agreement, Sapp said that while there may be occasional events that will draw smaller audi ences than anticipated, "you can't crank up the auditorium to have 200 people show up if the sponsors know that's how many they can ex pect." The fee schedule is expected to remain in place for at least a year. That will give Sapp and the auditori um's board of directors a good idea of how much it costs to operate the new facility year-round, and facili tate booking events at least one year in advance. The college is attempting to "break even from the sum" on audi State Rests Its Case In King Murder Trial (Continued From Page 1-A) the jury box pointing to King. "That defendant murdered Ronald Evans," Gore said. "Not alone, but with a friend. Together they kid napped, robbed and killed Ronald Evans. That man, the defendant, should not get away with murder." Gore said the state would prove its case with circumstantial evidence indicating that King was "involved to the max," and with the defen dant's own statements as he "brag ged and boasted" about the killing. Yount, in his opening remarks, asked the jury to consider the believ ability of witnesses "who have lived on both sides of the fence" and "whose lifestyle is not what you arc accustomed to." He suggested that some of the state's witnesses were friends or relatives of King's co-de fendant William Earl Hill who might want to help him by implicating King. In closing, Yount stressed to the jury that "the mere presence" of King at the scene of the murder would not be enough to convict him. He said the 12 would have to agree that they were "acting together with a common purpose." Assistant District Attorney Lee Bollinger, who has handled most of the questioning, said Tuesday that he was satisfied that the state's evi dence had proven its case. The trial was scheduled to contin ue at 9:30 Wednesday morning, with no indication as to whether the de fense would offer evidence or rely on perceived weaknesses in the state's case. It's everywhere your advertising ought to l^e... Don't forget the advertising deadline is Thursday, August 12, for the Labor Day issue, coming Sept 2. THE BRUNSWICK$BEACON CALL AN ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVE RICHT NOW, 754-6890 torium operations, which could be "a tough thing to do," Kelly admit ted. Except for interest earned on an endowment being established over a five-year period by Odell William son to help cover management costs, he said funding for the auditorium comes strictly from the college's al location from the Brunswick County Commissioners. In other areas community groups tum to grants or corporate sponsor ship of events to make use of an au ditorium more affordable. Sapp plans to pursue that route and sug gested other groups could too. The base fee is just that ? the starting point. It doesn't include the cost of cleaning up the auditorium after an event, or hiring a sound or light technician, a flypcrson to oper ate the curtains or security person nel. Those costs will be added on to the base fee as required, said Sapp. College officiais are anticipating the auditorium will be ready by Aug. 18, in time for BCC's com mencement Aug. 20, but has contin gency plans ready in case it is not. Sapp and Ken Phelps, project ar chitect, said the major work is done and that most of the work remaining is primarily "cosmetic," such as re pairing imperfections in the interior sheetrock, repairing ceiling tiles, putting on a final coat of paint, re placing steps of the wrong brick, grading the site and seeding for ero sion control. Lighting and sound systems are completed and plumb ing "essentially" complete, with some mechanical work to be fin ished. Once those punch list items are complete, then the state office of construction will conduct its own in spection and come up with a punch list of its own. On the advice of board attorney Jim Prevatte, BCC has rejected a proposal from the builder to take "beneficial occupancy" based on substantial completion of the interi or. "He recommended we not take occupancy or accept anything until the auditorium is finished entirely," said Kelly. . At the suggestion of Trustee A1 Wootcn, the Building and Grounds Committee is looking into the possi bility of erecting an entrance with sign for BCC on U.S. 17 similar to the existing entryway on U.S. 17 Business. New Candidates File In Beach Towns Two more candidates had filed for office at both Holden Beach and Sunset Beach as of Tuesday after noon. At Sunset Beach, Herb Klinkcr and Thcresc Regan arc seeking scats on the town council, as arc all three incumbents. Holden Beach Commissioner Sid Swarts is the first commissioner there to file for re-election. Larry Vogt has filed also for a scat on the board. Alvin L. Lcisey of Carolina Shores became the sec ond candidate to file for a District 2 scat on the town board. Filing for municipal scats remains open until noon Aug. 5. Meanwhile candidates continue to come forward across Brunswick County: Fred P. Seltzer III, council man, Leland; Franklin D. Squires, councilman, Sandy Creek (the council elects the mayor from its member ship); Robert Charles Spake, commissioner, Caswell Beach; Timothy L. Jones, commissioner. Long Beach; and Leonard H. Moore, alderman. Ward II. Southport. Previously filing arc these candidates: Calabash: George Anderson, mayor; Theodora "Teddy" Altructcr, District 2 commissioner. She lives in Carolina Shores now, not Carolina Shores North. Sunset Beach: incumbent Mason Barber, mayor; incumbents Edward M. Gore Sr., D.G. "Bud" Scrantom and Julia Thomas, council. Ocean Isle Beach: incumbent Betty Williamson, mayor; incumbcnts Bill Benton and Terry Barbec, commissioner. Holden Beach: incumbent Wally Auslcy, mayor; and Nash Greene, commissioner. Varnamtown: incumbent Judy Galloway, mayor; Chris Lancaster, Charles McDonald and incumbcnts George Ennis Swain and Ada McDonald, alderman. Boiling Spring Lakes: incumbent Mark Stewart, mayor; Raymond Hicks, commissioner. Southport: incumbent Norman Holden, mayor; Phil Joyner, Ward II; and incumbent William Crowe, Ward I. Long Beach: Rupert Riley, Johnny Vcrecn and in cumbent Joan Altman, mayor; Franccs Allen, Dave Drummond and incumbents Danny Leonard and Jeffrie Ensminger, commissioner. Yaupon Beach: Jackie Slockett, commissioner. Caswell Beach: incumbcnts William A. Boyd Jr. and Robert (Bob) Terry, council. South Brunswick Sanitary District: incumbcnt Ginger Canady. Dosher Board of Trustees: incumbcnts Bill Kirby and C. William Ncwnam. Sandy Creek: Danny Canady, council. Belville: incumbcnt Kenneth D. MesscrSr., mayor. Leland: incumbcnt S.L. Doty and Franky Thomas, mayor; Jimmy Cooke, Donald T. Sellers and incum bcnts Sadie Richburg and Lucille Blake, council. Leland Sanitary District: Joe Gaincy and incum bents Edison Moore and Julius Adams. Navassa: incumbcnt Louis "Bobby" Brown, mayor. All candidates pay a 55 filing fee. Parker Resigns At Board's Reauest (Continued From Page 1-A) "Since it's all in exccutivc ses sion, I'm afraid 1 can't tell you any thing," Swans said. "We just can't announce ethically what goes on in there." Bass also declined to comment on the board's reasons, but indicated that it shouldn't have come as a sur prise. 'This is not something new. Gary's performance has been dis cussed for some time," Bass said. "If we were going to do anything now's the time to do it. There's never a right time for something like this." Parker, 46, said Monday he doesn't know what he will do in the future. "It's loo sudden to have any plans. I've got to take some time to dccidc what I'm going to do next." Several commissioners said they like Parker and think he will do well if he accepts a job in another town. Bass said Parker has some very good qualities as a manager. "He's been good for Holden Beach in a lot of ways. He's made some mistakes, but everybody makes mistakes." Said Atkins, "I hate to see him go. I'm sure he'll find another job in an other town. ..I like Gary. He's worked hard on some of the projects HOW TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE BRUNSWICIC$fEACON POST OFFICE BOX 2558 SHALLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA 28459 I NOTICE: Reliable or consistent delivery cannot be guaranteed since this newspaper must rely on the U.S. \Postal Service for delivery. We can only guarantee that your newspaper will be submitted to the post office in Shallotte on Wednesday of the week of publication, in time for dispatch to out-of-town addresses that day. ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION RATES BY MAIL: Sr. Citizen In Brunswick County Q6.30 - 15.30 N.C. Sales Tax .38 .32 Postage Charge 3.68 3.68 TOTAL 10.36 9.30 Elsewhere In North Carolina Q6.30 J5.30 N.C. Sales Tax .38 .32 Postage Charge 8.18 8.18 TOTAL 14.86 13.80 Outside North Carolina ?6.30 135.30 Postage Charge 9.65 9.65 TOTAL 15.95 14.95 Complete And Return To Above Address Name Address City, State Zip that he's done. He's a nicc person and we wish him well." Before taking the manager's job at Holden Beach, Parker was town manager in Erwin. He also has held municipal government positions in Franklinton; Newington, Conn.; and North Lauderdale, Fla. Parker is the third town manager at Holden Beach to resign in the past three years. The first manager, Gus Ulrich, resigned in August 1990 cit ing "personal reasons." Blake Proctor was pressured by the previous board of commission ers to resign in January 1991 after less than six months as manager. Parker was hired following a six month search process. Ulrich, back for his second stint as interim manager, wili start work ing Aug. 5 and continue until the town board hires a new manager. Commissioners have started searching. They are looking for someone with a master's degree in public administration and at least five years of governmental experi ence, according to an advertisement in today's Beacon. Foumier said the town needs someone with good communication skills who understands Holden Beach and can help town commis sioners plan and prepare for the fu ture. "We're amateurs. We need a pro fessional," Foumier said. "We need an activist, not a reactivist." Added Sandifer, "1 just think whoever it is needs to be part of the town and be responsive to the peo THE BRUNSWICICfefEACON Established Nov. 1, 1962 Telephone 754-6890 Published Every T hursday At 4709 Main Street Shalloue, N.C. 28459 SUBSCRIPTION RATES IN BRUNSWICK COUNTY One Year SI 0.36 Six Months $5.55 ELSEWHERE IN NORTH CAROLINA One Year $14.86 Six Months $7.90 ELSEWHERE IN U.S.A. One Year $15.95 Six Months $8.35 Second class postage paid at Shallotie, N.C. 28459. USPS 777 780. Postmaster, send address changcs to: P.O. Box 2558, Shallotte, N.C. 28459-2558 pic. Wc arc a small town and the town manager needs to be in touch with the people." Bass said he doesn't know if the current board will choose a new manager or wait until after the November election. "If a very good person comes along that can do a good job 1 suggest wc hire him. If not 1 suggest wc leave it to the next board." More Heat, Some Rain Said Ahead For the next few days the South Brunswick Islands can expect tem peratures to continue above normal, averaging from the mid-70s at night and into the lower 90s during the day. More rainfall is also in the fore cast, said Shalloue Point meteorolo gist Jackson Canady, with about three-fourths of an inch expected. "The good news is that computer models are suggesting a significant shift in weather patterns by next week," he said. The extended out look calls for temperatures to be closer to average or even below av erage, with more precipitation. That break, said Canady, "will be good for us and good for the folks in the Midwest who don't need any more rain." For the period July 20-26, Canady recorded a high of 96 on both July 20 and 21, and a low of 73 degrees on the mornings of July 24 and 26. A daily average high of 94 de grees combined with a nightly aver age low of 76 degrees for a daily av erage temperature of 85 degrees, which is about 4 degrees above av erage. Canady recorded 1.06 inches of rainfall at his Shalloue Point area residence. Correction An ariicle about grand jury in dictments in last week's edition of The Brunswick Beacon incor rectly stated the age of John Henry Duboise Jr., who is 24. John Henry Duboise Sr., 49, of Shalloue was not indicted by a Brunswick County Grand Jury. The Beacon apologizes for the error and regrets any misunder standing which may have been caused by it.