Third hearing on two-tier bus system scheduled

Published 9:44 am Wednesday, June 14, 2017

During Monday’s meeting of the Southampton County School Board, chairman Dr. Deborah Goodwyn requested a third public hearing on the proposed two-tier bus system. This has been scheduled for Monday, June 19, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Southampton High School.

Ricky Blunt, director of auxiliary services, which includes transportation, and Ruth Burch, transportation coordinator added that the first pick-up time could be at 7 a.m., but asked that 6:45 a.m. be considered. That would allow some time for drivers to arrive at school on time in spite of any trains, tractors or combines that might come along to delay the buses. Burch added that the route could be done if 7 o’clock is the start time.

Concerning the revised FY 2017-2018 school operating budget. Supt. Dr. Gwendolyn Shannon said the Board of Supervisors had worked hard to accommodate the budget request and she appreciate what the members did provide.

The Franklin-Southampton Concert Association has again received permission to host its annual series of musical entertainments.

A personal graduation dinner at Meherrin Elementary School was granted on the provision that an administrator be present, as well as information information be made available.

Blunt said that Sadler Brothers Oil Company got the winning bid to provide gasoline, diesel fuel and fuel oil. This was approved by the board.

The members also gave the OK to dispose of surplus property, specifically 35-year-old chairs.

Cheryl Bowers, the supervisors for Food Services, said the rates for elementary and secondary school lunches will go up to $2.15 and $2.35 respectively.

Speaking of lunches, Dr. Goodwyn suggested a policy review on the issue of unpaid meal charges. Bowers said that $10,828.37 is due for this past school year from students who have not paid, in spite of bills that are regularly sent.

An employee satisfaction survey is to be administered, with the results available in August. Shannon’s evaluation is to be done prior to July 1.

Finally, graduation for Southampton High School senior will be on Saturday, June 17, at 10 a.m. in the gymnasium.