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According to Dr. Jason Atkinson, Bladen County Superintendent, certified teachers and support staff will receive a bonus this month. Dr. Atkinson reported in the Bladen County Board of Education meeting held on Monday evening the estimated compensation will be paid out in October and will be about $3,087 per qualified employee.

Dr. Atkinson also explained improvement plans starting in schools this month.

The Bladenboro Middle School Roof project bid by ARS was approved. Lottery funds will fund the project.

Dr. Atkinson went over maintenance priorities with Bladen County Schools’ facilities. According to Dr. Atkinson’s report, Smith & Sons Heating & Cooling will install the purification system in all high school and middle school locker rooms. The bid of $53,055 was accepted after price-comparing units; according to Atkinson, the bid included the purification units and installation of the systems. The project should be completed by mid-November.

After a list of about 13 other maintenance needs was read, Board chair Vince Rozier asked if a letter could be written to NCDPI explaining the Hurricane relief money would be used for these projects. Dr. Atkinson said, “Yes.” There are about 1.5 million dollars in Hurricane funds available that may be used for tasks such as the East Bladen and West Bladen parking lots, the Bladenboro Middle School moisture issue, Bladenboro, and Elizabethtown Primary’s multi-purpose buildings, and so forth. Dr. Atkinson noted that ESSER funds might be used to fill needs with BCS’ volleyball courts, tennis courts, and tracks.

Board member Roger Carroll demanded school bus drivers pick up and drop off students that live down long dirt roads because of safety issues. Robert Heavenridge with BCS stated, “We can make that happen.”

This week is National School Lunch Week. Atkinson asked everyone to remember to thank those staff members involved with providing lunch to students.

The Board held a closed session for personnel, student, and legal matters. After the Board reconvened, they approved Personnel Action Items A, B, and C. The following pages are the personnel items that were approved.

Watch the full meeting on Bladen Livestream YouTube Channel linked below.


Before the Bladen County Board of Education meeting started, Bladen County Schools officials held a moment of silent prayer in memory of Ms. Sonya Graham Gillespie, a fourth-grade teacher at Elizabethtown Primary School, who recently passed away. READ MORE

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