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The new Bladen County charter school, Emereau:Bladen, held their first board meeting in the new office on W. Broad Street in Elizabethtown on Tuesday evening.

Kate Alice Dunaway, Emereau Director, gave a report on the Ready to Open meetings, and read through the policies and other business items on the agenda.

According to a contractor in attendance, the property for the school site located on Airport Road in Elizabethtown should be coming under the ownership of the charter board for the school in the next couple of weeks. The contractor also discussed the different phases of the construction the school would be undergoing over the next few years.

The board also approved a year round school schedule for the school. The school year will be made up of hours rather than days, according to the report given to the board.

Dunaway said, “We are going with hours instead of days. We will have more hours than we need which will help when we have inclement weather.”

Eddie Madden, Chairman of the school’s board, asked about the before and after school programs.

Dunaway explained she is taking names for both before and after school programs and would like to get 20 children signed up in each program before the school committed to having both programs.

Next, Dunaway briefly discussed enrollment.

“We began using the online lotteries. Our enrollment started the first Saturday in November 2016 and will run until the last Friday in February 2017,” Dunaway said.

Currently there are 55 students enrolled and there is a cross section of students, according to Dunaway. The school will open with grades K-6, adding a grade each year through the 12th grade.

The school now has a mobile app, a Facebook page, and a website for distributing information.

The new educational institution will be offering insurance and retirement plans for their employees. The board will also be reviewing the state retirement plan and other alternatives.

Townsend Link, a parent attending the meeting, gave a report on the local parades and other public relations items.

On Dec. 17, the school will hold a Polar Express story time, movie, & hot chocolate for students already enrolled in the school.

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