Central office on school board’s agenda


By Mike Gellatly - [email protected]



LUMBERTON — The Board of Education for the Public Schools of Robeson County will discuss the current and future home of the system’s central office when it meets on Tuesday.

The central office was destroyed during Hurricane Matthew and the district has been renting property at the Native Angels complex at COMtech and The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. The board will consider extending the lease at Native Angels for a full year and sending a letter to Robeson County Board of Commissioners asking to be put at the front of the line for property the county may leave for new administrative offices.

At a meeting March 3, board members discussed asking Robeson County if it could buy three Elm Street buildings that the county plans on vacating once renovations of the former BB&T building in Lumberton are completed. Board member Steve Martin suggested offering the county an amount equal to the property tax value of the buildings of $2,162,100.

The school board has talked recently about trying to make pay and bonuses for teachers more competitive with neighboring counties in order to increase retention rates and hire the best teachers. Staff members have been tasked with talking to the commissioners to see if the county would match salary supplements the school system wants to offer.

Signing bonuses for teachers in areas of critical need will also be discussed Tuesday.

The Exceptional Children’s program is on the agenda. At the last meeting of the board, members indicated they would like to completely revamp the system that is currently not in compliance with state and federal regulations, and has been without a director for the past year.

The meeting will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Lumberton City Hall, which is where the system recently moved its school board meetings.

By Mike Gellatly

[email protected]

Reach Mike Gellatly at 910-816-1989 or via Twitter @MikeGellatly

Reach Mike Gellatly at 910-816-1989 or via Twitter @MikeGellatly

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