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Facilities, pay on plate for Halifax County trustees / April 08, 2019

The Halifax County School Board convenes tonight with familiar items on the agenda: facilities, the high school program of studies, and a graded pay plan for school support staff.

The April monthly meeting of trustees will take place starting at 6:30 p.m. at Sinai Elementary as part of the School Board’s revolving meeting schedule to go inside each of the county’s nine schools.

Superintendent of Schools Mark Lineburg will speak on plans to replace the dilapidated high school facility, and he will also give an update on the high school program of studies. Lineburg has told Halifax County supervisors that the school division is modernizing the curriculum to put a heavier emphasis on career development and job skills for HCHS graduates.

The curriculum reform goes hand-in-hand with plans to either build a $100 million high school or renovate the HCHS building at an estimated cost of $88 million, according to school officials.

Lineburg has told supervisors that he will make a fuller presentation to them on the high school program of studies at their May meeting.

Also tonight, Finance Director Robert Aylor will address members of the School Board on a graded pay plan for non-teaching personnel, including school secretaries, administrators, and maintenance and custodian workers. The School Board has been provided funding by the Board of Supervisors to give a 3 percent pay raise to support staff employees, but trustees were unable to secure funding for a step pay increase for the support staff — a top priority going into the budget process.

Also tonight, trustees will pick back up a discussion from their March meeting: on whether to hire a school security officer at the high school. A security officer would work alongside school resource officers provided by local police, but unlike a SRO, a security officer could be tasked with duties outside the realm of traditional law enforcement. Supervisor of Student Services Jeff Davis will present the options to trustees for a likely vote.

There will be a period at the beginning of the meeting set aside for citizen comments, and a portion at the end for trustees to go into closed executive session to discuss personnel matters.

The meeting will take place in the Sinai Elementary auditorium, and it is open to the public.

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