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Bladen County Board of Education gives awards and works through agenda

By Bethany Stephens

The Board of Education met Monday for their monthly session where they recognized Marjorie Graham of East Arcadia School and Debra Manegre of Elizabethtown Middle for being Spire teachers of the year. The Spire curriculum is used to help non-readers and struggling readers improve their reading skills.

Attendance Awards were presented, and Dublin Primary won in the Elementary School Division; Tar Heel Middle won in the Middle School Division, and Bladen Early College won in the High School Division.

Sharon Penny, Finance Director, presented a financial summary for the month of May, and explained that she was trying to close the fiscal year out.

Dr. Robert Taylor, Superintendent, reminded the board of a closeout meeting for this year’s budgetary concerns. Because of other engagements, several of the board members said they would be unable to attend, but five members agreed to be present (the necessary number) for the meeting that will take place at 6 p.m. on June 27th.

A consent Agenda which included overnight field trip requests, child nutrition bids, a child nutrition procurement plan, a workers’ comp policy, a general liability policy, a drivers’ ed contract, and an EC contract were all approved without discussion. A district-wide pest control contract extension agreement was pulled from the consent agenda since Dennis Edwards, Board Member, wanted the bidding to be open to allow more people to place bids.

Three budget amendments as recommended by Sharon Penny were approved to accommodate additional allocations and Disaster Recovery Funds (due to Hurricane Florence damage) and to line up the board’s actual expenditures. Spring Custom Policy Updates were tabled until next month, and the board proceeded to go into closed session to discuss personnel, student transfers, and legal issues.

Upon reconvening into open session, the board approved two personnel action items and hear various concerns from the board members. Lou Nelon, Maintenance Director, explained that the tennis courts at both of the high schools are scheduled to be worked on in July. West Bladen’s courts are being addressed first and will have their broken and cracked surfaces washed out before being refilled and resurfaced.

July’s board meeting was rescheduled to July 15th to accommodate busy summer schedules, and the board was invited to attend their retirement luncheon at Booker T. Washington. The luncheon will take place at 12:30 on June 11th.

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