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Vacant school building to be demolished
SoVaNow.com / August 14, 2014The Halifax County School Board approved a request from Sangi Cooper of the Southside Planning District Commission to allow the Town of South Boston to raze a school-owned, vacant building located at 1822 Jefferson Ave.
The town will demolish the building which lies adjacent to the Washington-Coleman Community Center at no cost to the school system. Funding will come from the Washington-Coleman Rehabilitation Project.
The School Board also approved a request by director of operations Jay Jennings to advertise five vehicles as surplus property and to accept sealed bids for their sale.
Jennings pointed out that the schools no longer use a 1973 GMC flatbed truck, a 1992 Chevrolet van, a 1978 Hudson dual-axle trailer, a 1988 Trail Rite dual-axle trailer and a 1996 Max single-axle trailer.
He noted that he hopes to get enough money from the sales of those properties to purchase a larger trailer that his department needs.
Trustees also heard David Riddle talk about the efforts of local eleventh-grade history students who submitted entries in the annual Lee-Jackson essay contest. Although no students from the area were winners this year, Riddle said they wrote very good essays, and he hopes to have a finalist in the coming year’s competition.
Prior to approving the payment of bills by Finance Director Jay Camp, ED-6 trustee Fay Satterfield questioned several line items. Then ED-8 trustee Walter Potts questioned the total legal expense, which lists a sum of $102,000.
Potts said that he was especially concerned after hearing some teachers complain about not having copy paper that they needed for their classroom work.
Potts was reminded that the legal costs associated with the cancellation of LORP had cost $36,000 the first year and another $30,000 in the second year. ED-4 trustee Cheryl Terry also expressed concerns over the legal costs, but added, “I hope that’s all behind us now.”
Camp pointed out that he has doubled the amount of copy paper ordered for this year, as well as increasing money available for each school to buy necessary supplies.
Speaking to school trustees during the public comment period Christina Sims, daughter of Emma Sims, once more spoke of her mother’s decision to not be listed on the substitute list for food service providers. She said that her mother wants to be treated fairly and re-instated to her original position as a regular food service employee
Trustees also approved a personnel report which included two retirements: Sinai IT teacher Charla Crews, whose retirement became effective on July 31, and high school principal Albert Randolph who will retire on June 30, 2015.
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