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Halifax County school board meets tonight with eye on June

SoVaNow.com / May 13, 2019
The Halifax County School Board will meet tonight in Halifax with much carryover business to consider — including whether to set a June 25 date for a special meeting of the School Board.

The planned June 25 meeting will be to handle end-of-year business, trustees said Monday night.

Meantime, the School Board’s facilities committee is also calling for the choice of a new high school design by June. The facilities committee — comprised of school administrators and staff, trustees and outside community representatives — recently invited three firms to submit proposals for a new Halifax County High School.

All three firms, Moseley Architects, RRMM Architects and Grimm and Parker, each based in Virginia, have extensive experience in school design and construction. They have been asked by the facilities committee to present architectural plans for a new HCHS, based on the conceptual work previously done by Moseley Architects.

The facilities committee requested that the firms submit their plans by the end of this month, in time to make recommendations to the School Board for consideration in June.

Tonight's meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m. at the second floor meeting room of the Bethune Office Complex in Halifax.

Also on the meeting agenda:

» Betty Adams, SVHEC executive director, and Stephanie Robinson of the SVHEC will make a presentation on the Career Tech Academy program at the higher education center.

» Jeff Davis, supervisor of student support services, will present recommendations on a random drug testing program for students taking part in interscholastic sports and programs.

» Trustees will be asked to pass a resolution of support for the Community Strategic Plan, which is intended to guide Halifax County’s development and growth in coming years. The strategic plan has already been endorsed by the Halifax County Board of Supervisors and town councils in South Boston and Halifax.

» Trustees will also honor several student groups: Team 977 Cometbots, the Culinary Arts program at the high school, and the HCHS FFA.

(Correction: This article originally stated the trustees might consider the selection of a HCHS design at the planned June 25 meeting. It will be held to take up routine business, such as closing out the fiscal year budget.)

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