THE PERQUIMANS WEEKLY
Volume 39, No. H
USPS 42S-0M Hertford, Perquimans County, N.C., Thursday, September 22, 1983
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Facility does not meet requirements
,New high school recommended by state board
By SUSAN HAKUS
The Perquimani County Board of
Education Monday night heard
Darrel Spencer, assistant director of
the Division of School Planning in
North Carolina, outline his depart
ment's findings during a facilities
usage survey done hi the county.
Baaed on student population
7 projections, the survey recom
mended several changes to be im
plemented both in the long and short
The major concern cited in the
; report is replacing the 1924 structure
at Perquimans High School. Because
of its age and non-code construction,
the survey team reported that the
building is not suited for renovation.
4 The Board adopted the 1M3-S4
. school attendance policy. Under the
; revised plan, a letter will be sent to
; the parents of any student having
- missed 10 days of classes. The letter
will outline the student's excused and
unexcused absences, and strongly
request that the parents go to the
school for a conference.
Twenty days absent disqualifies a
student for promotion or graduation.
A discussion of school fund-raising
activities did not lead to a Board
Superintendent Pat Harrell
compiled a report consisting of the
types of activities and amounts
raised by all four schools last year.
Approximately $16,800 profit was
realised, not including the Band
Boosters and Athletic Boosters, since
these are not student organizations.
The Board asked that the prin
cipals be cautious when authorizing
Harrell informed the Board that
the school mechanics are in need of
two new pieces of equipment. Head
mechanic William "Red" Elliott is
gathering cost estimates on a 5-5U>
ton hydraulic lift and a one-ton
Although no funds were budgeted
(or the garage, the Board felt that the
request should be approved. The
state recently allocated matching
funds for such projects.
Some Board members commented
on the outstanding job the mechanics
have done, especially when con
sidering that the Board has never
budgeted for new equipment for that
Under capital improvement
projects discussion, Harrell told the
Board that the ceiling replacement at
Union School will exceed the
budgeted amount by over $5,000. The
project will cost approximately
The Board accepted a bid of $2,736
from Mill End Carpet Shop to put
down new carpet in the high school
auditorium and to replace damaged
carpet in the hallways.
Harrell also told the Board that
some restrooms at Hertford
Grammar School have been im
proved, and that the newest building
* School Board reviews County
\ facilities usage survey
By SUSAN HARRIS
The recently -com pleted
? Perquimans County School Facilities
Update conducted by the Division of
! School Planning, North Carolina
m Department of Public Instruction,
provides the Board of Education with
information vital to the long and
short range planning of student and
administrative housing in
The survey team, which consisted
(TWrtAieator, an architect and. an
engineer, visited an the school
facilities, appraising their usage.
? . A new high school building to
* replace the two-story structure built
in 1924 was the major need in the
report, according to Dr. Darrel
Spencer, assistant director of the
Division of School Planning, who was
on the survey team.
The school was placed in category
IV, which the reports outlines as a
facility which should be in use for
only five or so years. Major
renovation is economically in
(*?' feasible, the report states.
It is recommended that the
building only be maintained for
health and safety until it can be
Until a new facility can be con
structed, the report recommends
moving special programs, such as
Trainable Mentally Handicapped, to
another school, and relocating the art
O program, which is upstairs in the old
The report states that "this
program adds to the fire hazard of
this building," due in part to the
ceramic kiln and the combustible
materials used in art classes.
The report applauds the Board for
converting the King Street School to
a high school vocational facility. It
Hertford D n
further states, "the recent con
struction at the high school is well
planned and functional."
Another problem at the high
school, according to Spencer, is that
the bus garage is on campus. The
survey team recommended moving
the garage and expanding it at some
future date. This was not a high
Perquimans Union School is
described as a long-range facility
wliUHH Tnmtm jutr*KOvta<tu? and
improvements. The report states
that thought should be given to
moving all the county's fifth and
sixth grade students to this school.
At present, 416 students are
enrolled at Union, where the report
says 700 or more could be easily
handled. This year, 94 fifth and sixth
graders are enrolled at Hertford
The library at Union is labeled
inadequate in the report, as are the
recently-improved dressing rooms
and the administrative area. Needs
listed are small rooms for
remediation and tutorial programs,
and storage areas.
Also, an additional home
economics lab is recommended.
The Board is waiting for funds to
work on the drainage problem
outlined in the report.
Moving the TMH/StPH classes to
Union School was a report
suggestion. Many needs were listed
for these students, including a
covered play area, a fenced play
yard, a clothes washer and dryer,
and an equipped kitchen.
By moving all the special classes to
one school, the survey team feels that
these students' needs can be better
Hertford Grammar School was
also listed as a long-range facility.
The report emphasized the need for
an indoor physical education facility
on the campus, as well as an
adequate media center.
Perquimans Central School should
have its present gymtorium con
verted into a media center as the
Board of Education has given con
sideration to in the past, said the
report. The present media center
was described a* "totally
inadequate" for the school size.
The cafeteria and 1954 library/
classroom addition are described as
being long-range facilities. However,
the 1937 building has many
inadequacies which the report states
would be expensive to correct.
Recommended in the report is
ihifting students from Perquimans
Central, which is overcrowded, to
Hertford Grammar as needed.
Eventually, the report suggests,
Perquimans Central should be
phased out and converted into offices
for the school board.
At this time, a new bus garage
could be constructed on the site,
along with offices for maintenance,
which now works from the garage
At present, according to the report,
the bus garage is an inadequate
facility which poses a traffic hazard
at the high school.
Years from now, the report
projects that all K-3 will be housed at
Hertford Grammar; all 4-8 at
Perquimans Union; and 9-12 at a new
high school. These changes will be
due in part to an expected decline in
Byrum joins local firm
By JANE WILLIAMS
Hal By rum, a native of Colerain,
recently joined the Ann of Don Juan.
Mr. Byrom replaced Stuart An
derson aa plant manager.
By rum began his career in the
apparel industry with Ahoskle
Manufacturing. His duties there
included engineering, purchasing,
inventory and order control and
customer service. During his four
year tenure, Ahookie Manufacturing
Joined with M other manufacturers
and formed the KeUwood Cor
poration, with annual earnings in
IN* of flW minion.
Prior to Joining Don Juan
Manufacturing Byrum was em
ployed at Hampton Industries la
Kins ton, where he held various plant
manager Jobs and acted as a trouble
shooter manager for over a M year
Period. - >f.,.
Byrum wasted Ms way through
Chowan CeOaas whore he received
an Associate of Arts Dogno In 1M0.
He served as Senior Class President.
received the SDver Feather Award
?mI waa listed la Who'a Who in
9 . A s /t-ll-.. ?
the sincere desire of the people in this
area to 'make it happen', which is
Don Juan's slogan, I feel that the
future is very bright for this com
pany and for Northeastern North
Carolina. They are the greatest
people that I have ever worked
Byrum and his wife. Peggy, reside
in Elisabeth City. They have one son.
at that site is being painted.
The Board discussed insuring the
school system's 16 computers valued
at approximately $40,000. Harrell
said that replacement cost coverage
would cost about $350.
The Board asked Harrell to find out
about all the requirements and
restrictions of such a policy bef~?i-e
making a final decision.
In other business, the Board :
?voted to Insure the school buildings
and contents with replacement cost
coverage where applicable, through
the State Board of Education at a
cost of $8,000.
?was presented with copies of the
new curriculum guides for com
munications and math programs in
?accepted the resignation of Karen
Ferrell effective August 17.
?received a workmen's com
pensation rebate of $758 for non
?approved a leave of absence for
Mary Fosky effective September 16.
?received a copy of the presentation
on the TMH program in the county
that will be shown at the Programs of
Excellence conference Wednesday
THE PERQUIMANS WEEKLY
has announced that Jane Williams,
formerly Advertising Manager for
the paper, will be filling the position
of Managing Editor left vacant by
Val Short who resigned last month.
Williams, who began her
newspaper career with THE
CHOWAN HERALD in Edenton. has
j ytyfeed with The Weekly for more
than two years.
"I look forward to working with
and for the people of Perquimans
County in this new endeavor,"
Williams, a native of Chowan
County, resides in Edenton with her
husband, Terry, and their two
children, Michael and Jennifer.
Pat Mansfield, who has been
employed by The Weekly for four
years as Circulation Manager, will
be leaving her post to fill the position
of Advertising Manager previously
held by Williams.
"I'm looking forward to working
with the merchants in this area, and
using my artistic background to help
them with their business," Mansfield
Mansfield resides in Chowan
County with her husband, Bill, and
their daughter, Betsy.
Ken Castelloe, a native of Chowan
County, has joined the staff of THE
PERQUIMANS WEEKLY as Cir
culation Manager and local sport
Castelloe is^a 1980 graduate of John
A. Holmes High School in Edenton,
and has attended The College of the
Albemarle majoring in Business
Susan Harris of Hertford will
remain on staff as a frcelance writer.
Harris will aid in the coverage of
local meetings and will work out of
her home on special projects for the
paper. "? ""
Cindy Leicester of Hertford will
continue in her position of
typist/proofreader for The Weekly.
"We are fortunate to have people
that are willing to give of themselves
to help each other on our staff. We all
look forward to the new challenges
that have been given us," Williams
Association enters Phase II of work
By MRS. J. EMMETT WINSLOW
The Pe-rquimans County
Restoration Association has entered
a second and significant phase of its
work at the Newbold White House.
During the Indian Summer
Festival, Senator Melvin R. Daniels
presented a check fo $25,000 to Albert
Eure, President of the Association.
This was a matching grant from the
General Assembly, one of the few
that could be made during this
In presenting the check Senator
Daniels said, "I have consistently
supported the work at the Newbold
White House since it began in 1971. 1
consider that its place in the early
government of our state merits our
"It is not only the oldest house in
North Carolina, but the only sur
viving meeting place of our
proprietary government which
began in 1663."
In accepting the grant, Eure told
Senator Daniels that a matching
grant of $25,000 had already been
given by Richmond, Virginia
philanthropist, Irving H. Wain
wright. Work will begin immediately
on restoring the David Newby House,
already on the site, as a site
Secretary of Cultural Resources,
Sara W. Hodgkins, whose depart
ment will supervise the work, spoke
briefly at Heritage Day exercise* at
the House on September 15.
She said, in part, "The dwelling
will continue to be designated the
David Newby House, but will be
restored in memory of Mr. Wain
wright's wfie, Harriet France*
Mardre Wain wright."
"Harriet Frances Mardre was
hot* in Hertford, daughter of a
prominent merchant, William
Mardre aad his wife. Pattie Elliott
Mardre. In tracing her family
history, Mrs. Wainwright learned
that one of her fifth great
grandfathers was Abraham Sanders,
owner of the Newbold- Whit* House
term IT* to 1751."
"She was enthsiastic and con
sistent supporter of the Perquimans
County Restoration Association's
efforts to restore that house. Her
interest and support were shared and
continued by her husband, Irving H.
( Continued on page 2)
Above-Senator Kelvin R.
Daniels presents a check to
Albert Eure, President of the
Restoration Association while
Mrs. J. Emmett Winslow.
Perquimans Patriot, looks
on. Below-Betty Oxedine
Mangum and Professor
Adolph Dial unviel a marker
in honor of Tribal King,
Kilcocanen. (Photos by Jane
Williams and Pat Mansfield)