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Granville board hires firm to examine school costs

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OXFORD The Granville County Board of Education approved hiring an architectural firm to gather information and cost of several scenarios that could affect multiple schools in the southern end of the county during its Monday meeting.

The board hired the firm to determine what the costs would be to renovate GC Hawley Middle School in Creedmoor and the possibility of turning Creedmoor Elementary School of the Arts into a middle school.

The idea of turning Mount Energy Elementary or Tar River Elementary into a middle school was taken off the table by the board. The board also addressed the possibility of closing one of the elementary schools to save money but there was no final decision reached during the meeting.

In 2018, board members voted to address these items but stopped short of determining the cost to make any changes to the schools.

In other business, board members spoke at length about trying to line up the board member term lengths with the county commissioners term lengths. School board members currently serve six-year terms and commissioners serve four-year terms.

The board also approved two new policies. The first dealt with long-term suspension, 365-day suspension and expulsion. The policy defines disciplinary reassignment as an alternative to long-term suspensions and the appeals process for such reassignment.

The second policy to receive approval dealt with drug prevention. The policy addresses education, repetitive messaging, student involvement and involvement by school student resource officers to share the message of drug prevention in all schools.

During the recognitions portion of the meeting, the school board spotlighted the 2019 Battle of the Books winners from Tar River Elementary School: Gabriela Gomez, Benjamin Maloney,Chloe Lewis, Jamie Grimes, Joy Grimes and their sponsors Shelby Ford and Lisa Slingerland.

Northern Granville Battle of the Books winners included: Aaliyah Henderson, Ethan Adcock, Faith Hudgens, Vincent Parezo, Andrew Myrick, Jermaine Puryear, Ciara Jones and their sponsor, Cathy Whitt.

Jade Currin was recognized for being the Granville County Public School Teacher of the Year. Currin is a kindergarten teacher at Wilton Elementary.

The Granville County Board of Education will meet again June 3 at 6 p.m. at 101 Delacroix St., Oxford.