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Volume 33, NO. 36
Hertford, Perquimans County, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 8, 1977
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MRS. ILA McILWEAN WHITE
To Receive
Service Award
Mrs. Ha Mcllwean White
of Hertford, Area Home
Ecomonics Extension
Agent, will receive recogni
tion at the Annual Meeting
of the National Association
of Extension Home
Economists. She will be the
recipient of the
Distinguished Service
Award which will be
presented in special
ceremonies on Sept. 22 in
Boston, Mass.
Mrs. White is recognized
for her work -with para
professionals in the Ex
panded Foods and Nutrition
Education Program in ten
Albemarle counties, in
cluding Chowan, Camden,
Currituck, Dare, Gates,
Hyde, Perquimans, Pas
quotank, Tyrrell and
Washington. The purpose of
the Expanded Foods and
Nutrition Education Pro
gram is to raise the Health
status of families through
nutrition education and use
of resources. Mrs. White's ,
role is to work with para
professionals in each of the
counties. She has developed
a training program which
includes lesson plan, visual
suggestions, workshop, and
other learning activities to
enable the para-professionals
to do a better job.
The teaching philosophy of
Mrs. White is "I hear, I
forget; I see, I remember; I
do, I understand." Families
'and youth reached by the
para-professionals show
changes in eating habits,
better shopping skills and
better use of resources.
: Prior to Mrs. White's
position as Area Home
Economics Extension
; Agent for 6 years, she
worked in . Perquimans
County as Home Eco
nomics Extension Agent for
12 years and was Home
; Economics teacher in Per-
SWORN IN AS ATTORNEY - Walter G.
Edwards Jr. of Hertford was sworn in as
an attorney at law by district court judge
Grafton G. Beaman at the Aug. 31 session
of district court in Perquimans County.
Locking on during the swearing in
cremony were (1. to r.) Edwards' aunt,
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quimans County High
School for one year.
Mrs. White, who has been
a member of the National
Association of Extension
Home Economists for 19
years, is also a member of
several other professional
associations including
American Home Eco
nomics Association, N.C.
Adult Education Associa
tion, N.C. Federation of
Cooperative Extension
Association, and Epsilon
Sigma Phi.
In 1970 Mrs. White was
recognized in Personalities
In The South. She was ap
pointed by University of
North Carolina School of
Nursing to the Statewide
Health Care Advisory Com
mittee, 1977-1980, and she is
presently serving as Chair
man of the North Carolina
Nutrition Task Force.
Mrs. White is a native of
Craven County and now
resides in Hertford. Her
husband is W.A. (Billy)
White and they have two
children, Alice, 10, and
Andy, 8. In her community,
Mrs. White serves as a local
4-H Club leader, represents
Perquimans County on the
Eastern N.C. Health
Systems Agency, member
of the State Coordinating
Health Council, and serves
as a member of the Per
quimans County Social Ser
vices Board. Mrs. White is
a member of the First
United Methodist Church in
Hertford, and performs
many roles in her church.
Library Closing Is Announced
The regular quarterly
training session for the
staff of the Pettigrew
Regional Library will be
held in Edenton on
Wednesday, Sept. 14. Ms.
Lee Albright of the
Genealogy Department of
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quimans High School and then North
Carolina Central University School of Law
in Durham. While in high school, he served
as a page in the U.S. Senate for one and
one-half years. Edwards will practice
locally for awhile with plans to eventually
set up a practice in Washington, D.C. His
father is a local practicing attorney. (Staff
photo by Kathy M. Newbern) .
Are Discussed
By KATHY M. NEWBERN
The Perquimans County
Board of Education met in
regular session Monday
night to discuss and take
action on several matters.
Several policy items were
the first taken up on the
evening's agenda. Under
that area, the need for a
policy related to maternity
leave for school employes
was discussed at length.
Superintendent Pat Harrell
pointed out that in the past,
maternity leave was
granted without pay until
the teacher involved was
bedridden at which time,
the leave was considered to
be tick leave and payment
was f .nted. Harrell said
that current guidelines call
for maternity leave to be
considered regular leave
without pay unless the
teacher agrees to teach as
long as possible, then when
leave is taken, payment is
granted. It was suggested
that the local Board of
Education develop a policy
whereby the teacher re
questing maternity leave
file a doctor's statement
specifying the time at
which she can no longer
teach. With this filed state
ment, the teacher could
then take sick leave with
pay for as many sick leave
days as she has built up.
Board members authorized
Superintendent Harrell to
draw up a policy to that ef
fect for action to be taken at
the next meeting.
In other policy matters,
the . board reviewed'
previous discussion on the
use of school cafeterias and
kitchens. Again, they
authorized Harrell to draw
up a policy for action at the
next meeting. That policy
will include regulations
such as having an
established utilities fee, a
provision for the kitchen to
be manned by school staff
only, and the rate of com
pensation for the staff's
time, as well as the hours
school employes can be
used in connection with out
side use of the facilities.
Harrell informed board
members that the policy on
personnel evaluation will
be ready for consideration
at the next meeting remind
ing them that school per
sonnel are involved in an
advisory committee to
assist in the development of
that policy.
The last item discussed in
the policy area was the pay
ment of salaries to school
employes over a 12-month
the State Library in
Raleigh will conduct a
workshop on research
methods for the local
librarians.
In order to provide this
opportunity for every
member of the staff to par-
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period with equal monthly
installments. Legislation
provides that teachers in a
school system can request
their salaries be paid in a
12-month period. That
legislation, however, does
not cover other school
employes. The Attorney
General's office has sent
out a statement explaining
that the coverage of other
employes under this plan is
left up to the discretion of
local boards of education.
That letter also pointed out
that the legislation involved
does not prevent other
employes from working
under the 12-months of
equal payment plan. The
local Board authorized Har
rell to draw up a policy
allowing all school
employes to receive
salaries over a 12-month
period they so desire. That
policy will be voted on at
the next meeting.
The longevity pay plan
was the only item discussed
in the budget area. Harrell
read a letter quoting the
Board's resolution on the
matter which was recently
mailed to the North
Carolina Schcol Boards
Association. The resolution
by the local board supports
longevity pay for all school
employes regardless of the
source of funds from which
they are paid. That resolu
tion also calls for this to be
considered as a priority in
the 1978 legislative pro
gram of NCSBA.
In personnel matters, the
Board unanimously ap
; proved the employment of
eight persons with the Per
quimans County School
System as follows: Mary
Vaughn as an ESEA Title I
Aide; Jean Brown as an
ESEA Title I Aide; William
Felton Jr. as a mechanic!
Wynell Hoogerland as a
CETA Reading Aide at
Hertford Grammar School;
Crystal James as a CETA
Reading Aide at Hertford
Grammar School; Georgia
Fain as a cafeteria employe
at Hertford Grammar
School; and Margie
Ashforth as a cafeteria
employe at Perquimans
High School. Also in person
nel matters the Board
granted career status to
Linda Lassiter, teacher at
Perquimans High School;
and accepted the resigna
tion of Gayle Freeman
from the Business Depart
ment at Perquimans High
School effective Sept. 15. A
leave of absence for ap
proximately six months
was also granted to Pearlie
ticipate In continuing
education, the Libraries in
the region (Shepard
Pruden Memorial Library
in Edenton, Perquimans
County Library in Hertford,
Tyrrell County Public
Library in Columbia, and
Washington County Library
in Plymouth) will be closed
all day on Wednesday, Sept.
14. ..;
Head Start Holds
Training
Perquimans County Head
Start personnel recently
joined other Head Start
people in Region R for a
training session and orien
tation at the Ecomonic Im
provement Council Center
in Edenton.
Special .: guest at that
meeting was James L.
Robinson, Associate Direc-'
tor for . the Head Start
Bureau with the Depart
ment of Health, Education,
and Welfare.
Robinson,, a native of
Louisiana, has worked in a
variety of programs and
administrative positions
within the federal service.
He has been an economist
in the Department , of
Labor, an International
Relations Officer in the
State Department, and an
economist an program
Farrow, maid at Per
quimans Central Grammar
School. That motion also in
cluded the approvement of
interim employment of
Vivian Johnson to replace
Ms. Farrow while she is
absent.
In the area of programs,
Superintendent Harrell
briefly outlined the opening
of school to members of the
Board describing it as "the
best we've ever had." Har
rell commended teacher at
titudes pointing out such
positive factors as the
abundance of teacher
volunteers to work with ex
tra curricular groups and
activities. Harrell said, "I
feel real good about our
opening. We've extended
the school day, which is
longer this year, and nine to
one (teachers) are in favor
of it." Harrell added that
the new programs for the
year have also "been
received well." Harrell also
explained that teachers are
being given the opportunity
for input concerning what
they feel students should be
learning, how they should
teach it, and how students
should be evaluated.
Also in the area of pro
grams, Harrell explained
that committee work con
tinues in three areas: fami
ly life education,
promotion-retention, and
reporting of student pro
gress. He said that all of
these committees have met
and two have plans to in
corporate parent
volunteers for added effec
tiveness as well as par
ticipation from community
leaders.
The last area discussed at
the Monday night meeting
was administrative opera
tions. The first item was
discussion of plans for the
school bond referendum
which will be voted on Nov.
8 in the general election.
The Board also approved
school lunch prices.
On the question of tile
work in the Central Gram
mar School kitchen,
Superintendent Harrell
suggested that since only
one bid was received and
the work could not be done
prior to the opening of
school, that the Board
readvertise for bids with
the work to be done during
the Christmas holidays. A
motion to that effect
carried.
Harrell then shared the
NCSBA Insurance Commit
tee Report with Board
members for the purpose of
information.
The last item of business
to be acted on was concern
ing liability . insurance for
Headstart students riding
buses. That insurance is re
quired. The Board ap
proved a motion to have
Head Start pay the liability
insurance rate of $3.50 per
student. It was added that a
list of those students, ap
proximately 36, which
would be riding the bus
would also be requested.
Session
analyst with both the Office
of Economic Opportunity
and the U.S. Equal
Employment Opportunity
Commission.
f Since May 1971, Robinson
has worked in the Head
Start i Program, for one
year as deputy director of
Head Start, and since May
1972 as director. He has
recently served as consul
tant for the Educational
Testing Service of.
Princeton, N.J. and the
Upjohn Institute for
Employment Research in
" Washington, D.C. ;;, .
. ; The Perquimans County
participants at the session
included: Joyce Felton,
contact teacher; Debra
Demery, teacher; Elaine
Jordan, teacher assistant; .
and Celestine Modlin, SSPI.
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PLANNING SESSION Involved in the Bob Richards, John Beers, Howard Max
recent disaster planning session at the well, Joe Seegar, Keith Haskett, and Cecil
Holiday Island Clubhouse were (1. to r.) Timms. (Staff photo by Kathy Newbern)
Disaster Plan Of Action
Is Being Formulated
By KATHY M. NEWBERN
Key officials in Perquimans County are
taking action to plan ahead of time the pro
cedure local people would take in the event
of an emergency or natural disaster such
as a hurricane.
As part of that planning, Keith Haskett,
Perquimans County Civil Preparedness
Coordinator, has set up organizational
meetings with representatives of what has
been determined as the county's five
shelter areas. These areas include Hert
ford Grammar School, Perquimans Cen
tral Grammar School, the Snug Harbor
Clubhouse, New Hope Community
Building, and the Holiday Island
Clubhouse.
Haskett joined John Beers, Chairman of
the Perquimans County Chapter of the
American Red Cross, in a recent meeting
with Holiday Island officials, to work on an
organizational plan naming key contact
people in that area in the case of a
disaster.
This type of meeting is planned in each
of the five areas and resulted from a
meeting where all five shelter areas had
representatives present to discuss a
countywide plan for disasters.
Some of the topics being discussed at the
meetings include such things as com
munications, shelter centers and evacua
tion of residents in the event of a natural
disaster or emergency.
This planning is the responsibility of the
Luther Hodges Begins
Campaign Touring
LUTHER HODGES JR.
AT THE GOVERNOR'S MANSION -Pic- County Commissioners, and Vernon
tured above are a few of the familiar faces James, First District Representative,
that attended the Governor's picnic Satur- Additional picture highlights of the after
day in Raleigh Shown left to right are: noon in Raleigh can be found on page 7 of.
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Cox, Raleigh Carver, this issue. (Staff photo by Kathy M.
chairman of the Pasquotank Board of yNewbern) . T, .
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Luther Hodges Jr. visited
five North Carolina cities in
a day-long barnstorming
tour Sept. 7 as part of his
preparation to become an
official Democratic can
didate for the United States
Senate.
Hodges began his tour in
Greenville with stops also
made in Raleigh-Durham,
Eden, Asheville and
Charlotte.
Hodges attended a
breakfast in his honor in
Greenville. The next stop
was a luncheon in Eden
(Hodges' birthplace) and
then a dinner in his
hometown of Charlotte.
The Greenville breakfast,
at 8:15 a.m., was held in
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local civil preparedness coordinator and
the community people. The Red Cross is
involved in the manpower area and funds
for emergencies.
Several points were brought out at the
Holiday Island meeting. It was decided
that contact people are needed in each of
the five areas. These people would be
responsible for authorizing evacuation out
of the area or the collection of the people at
the shelter site, since a person in the area
would be more familiar with existing con
ditions. It was pointed out that some type
of security would also be needed in each
area to protect property that would be left
unoccupied in case of evacuation of
residents.
Haskett and Beers pointed out that such
a countywide plan has never been
established in the past. Those attending
this planning session expressed a need to
develop a plan, keep it simple, and make it
self-contained. When each of the five areas
has developed such a plan, they will then
all be incorporated into a countywide plan
for action in case of disaster.
The following appointments were made
as a result of the planning meeting at
Holiday Island: Howard Maxwell was
named shelter manager for the H shelter
(Holiday Island Clubhouse); Bob Richards
and Joe Seegar were named assistant
shelter managers; and Seegar was also
named to work in the area of security
along with Cecil Timms. Maxwell was also
assigned to the area of communications.
Mendenhall Student Union
on the campus of East
Carolina University. The
breakfast meeting was ar
ranged by Greenville at
torney Jim Cheatham and a
group of Greenville and
University people. Friends
and supporters of the can
didate attended from
throughout the eastern part
of the state.
Hodges' wife, Dot, and
their two children, Anne
and Hart, accompanied
him on the tour.
Hodges, 40, was chair
man of the board of North
Carolina National Bank un
til June 30, when he
resigned to prepare himself
for the Senate campaign.
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