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Halifax County School Board to name 2014 leadership

SoVaNow.com / January 13, 2014


The Halifax County School Board will appoint a chairman and vice-chairman for 2014 when the trustees meet tonight in Halifax.

Other major items of business include plans for the renovation of the STEM Center in Halifax, and a discussion of capital improvement and equipment needs over the next three years.

The meeting will take place tonight beginning at 6 p.m. in the second floor meeting room of the Mary Bethune Complex.

The trustees’ first order of business will be to elect a chairman and vice chairman to lead the board for another year. Trustees will also appoint a clerk and a deputy clerk and a designee to attend School Board meetings in the absence of the Superintendent.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Merle Herndon has prepared a report on renovations to the STEM Center, which will be used to house the alternative education program with the shuffle of offices that will ensue with the Halifax Courthouse renovation project.

The current alternative education center is located at the Mary Bethune Complex Industrial Arts Building. That space has been identified as temporary quarters for Halifax County’s courts while renovations take place at the courthouse. To make way for relocation of the courts, the school division will move its alternative education classes to an unused rear portion of the STEM Center.

Also during the meeting, Herndon will report on a state compliance review of the school’s special education program.

Assistant Superintendent Valdivia Marshall is expected to seek the board’s approval of guidelines whereby newly hired employees would be credited for previous work experience.

Shawn Haws of the Halifax County High School guidance department is expected to present a report on YouthCareer Connect Grant opportunities for high school students.

Maintenance Director Larry Roller will report to trustees on his three-year plan for capital improvements and equipment replacements which will be needed in coming years.

One person, Chris Parker, has signed up to speak during the citizen comment period.

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