PEMBROKE — The Public Schools of Robeson County school board will hold its annual retreat Friday and Saturday at the Carolina Commerce and Technology Center on N.C. 711, just outside of Pembroke. The two days of meetings will begin Friday at 5 p.m. and continue Saturday until early afternoon.
Johnny Hunt, the school district’s superintendent, said that one of the issues to be discussed Saturday is a plan that would result in fourth-grade students at Tanglewood and Rowland-Norment elementary schools next year attending classes at Gilbert Carroll Middle School. Both the Tanglewood and Rowland-Norment schools are currently overcrowded.
Transferring the elementary students to the middle school is being strongly opposed by board member Dwayne Smith, whose son would be one of the students at Tanglewood affected by the move. Smith has said that crowding at the schools, especially Tanglewood, is because of a liberal transfer policy that allows students from outside the district to attend school there. Smith said about 25 percent of the students at Tanglewood live out of district.
Hunt said that over the past several years the annual retreats have been beneficial to both school administrators and board members.
Board Chairman Michael Smith agrees.
“It is a great opportunity for board members to get a lot of information in a relaxed atmosphere, ” Smith said.
Hunt said that board members can expect to be updated on a multitude of issues involving the schools. Friday’s session, he said, will deal with specific maintenance and finance issues, with Saturday’s focus being on several policy reviews and discussions on a variety of school programs and services.