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Facility upgrades made at Mecklenburg schools

SoVaNow.com / June 20, 2018
In a short meeting of the Mecklenburg School Board Monday night, trustees received an update from maintenance director Brian Dalton on a number of facility upgrades.

This week, a new car loop was completed at South Hill Elementary School. The loop was installed to alleviate traffic congestion from parents who pick up and drop off students at the school. New flooring is going in at Clarksville, Chase City and La Crosse elementary schools to cover the old asbestos flooring.

Gupton Insulation and Affordable Roofing are repairing the roofs at the elementary and secondary schools. Improvements tied to the energy performance contract are nearly completed, including installation of new lighting and energy controls, and paving and striping work is set to begin at Clarksville Elementary and South Hill Elementary and the Central Office.

Dalton asked the school board to declare as surplus items 50 televisions, 56 brackets, and 49 DVD/VCR combos at South Hill Elementary School. Teachers now use Promethean Boards instead of the televisions and DVD/VCRs.

Superintendent of Schools Paul Nichols shared news of a grant awarded to the school division that will allow for the hiring of financial aid counselors for high school students at both Park View and Bluestone. The counselors will work with students looking for money for their post secondary educations. They will work closely with parents and students to outline a plan for paying for college and training programs, including personal finances, student loans, government grants and private scholarships.

Nichols said he’s been in discussion with Microsoft and Mid-Atlantic Broadband about expanding the First Robotics program from high school into the middle school. For now, that program expansion will take place on the western end of the county at Bluestone Middle School, because the First Robotics program currently exists only at Bluestone High School.

Gary Cifers, the school division’s CTE director, received approval to surplus 60 old Apple iPads. The money the school division earns from the sale will be used to purchase new iPads.

Students in Bluestone High School’s Youth Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention Program were approved to attend the annual YADAPP conference at Longwood University in Farmville, July 16-20. YADAPP is a year-long high school peer leadership program that begins each summer when schools and communities around Virginia send teams of youth to a five-day conference. At the annual conference, teams develop action plans to address substance use in their schools and communities.

Trustees agreed to continue participation in the regional alternative education project for the 2018-19 school year. The division receives over $200,000 in grant money to cover costs associated with this program.



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