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Halifax County trustees to tackle July agenda / July 14, 2014

The Halifax County School Board will meet tonight, with trustees going into closed session at 6 p.m. to discuss personnel matters and reconvening for the public session starting at 7:30 p.m.

The meeting will take place in the second floor public meeting room of the Mary Bethune Complex in Halifax.

Among the items on the School Board’s agenda:

Supervisor of Elementary Education Linda Owen will review highlights of this year’s summer school program;

Trustees will hear about the results of the county’s Special Olympics competition, and receive an update on therapeutic day treatment services offered by Family Preservation Services.

Director of Secondary Education Frosty Owens will discuss two items pertaining to students at Halifax County Middle School — the length of the school day, and a fee increase for HCMS physical education classes.

School Board chairman Kim Farson is expected to seek the selection of a delegate and an alternate to attend the 2014 VSBA Annual Convention. Farson is also expected to present the VSBA 2014 Media Honor Roll recipients.

Emma Sims has asked to address the board during the citizen comment period.

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The other rag says Owens wants to lengthen the middle school day. Maybe by only minutes, but will Mr. Owens explain how he intends to pull that off, since middle school and high school bus routes and schedules are tied together?

I drive thru Caswell County NC on my way to work, and I see elementary and middle school aged kids waiting for the bus shortly after 6 AM every morning. Caswell starts classes at 0800, but Halifax is larger area-wise than Caswell so if the day extends either way, you're gonna have kids leaving and returning home in the dark. Not really conducive to safety, eh?

All those years ago I thought it was bad having to board the school bus at 0715 every morning, to get to HCSHS by 0845.

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