Erin Smith Staff writer
January 14, 2014
ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Board of Education heard a report from Willa Dean Williams regarding a curriculum survey on Monday.
According to Bladen County Schools Public Relations Director Valerie Newton, Williams had received a request from some school board members regarding the feasibility of implementing a drafting class and firefighting class at both high schools.
Newton said that a survey was conducted at both high schools to determine the level of interest if such classes were to be offered.
“There was a high level of interest from students to add those classes,” said Newton.
She added that the work left for the board to do now is to find the funding for teachers for those courses.
“We had previously advertised for candidates to teach those classes and haven’t received any applications from qualified candidates,” said Newton.
She added the board may have to go back and review the criteria for those positions.
In a separate matter, Newton said the search for a principal for West Bladen High School was still in process.
“Mr. Lowry continues as the interim until the best possible candidate has been identified and recommended to the board,” said Newton.
There were several members of the community present at Monday’s board meeting.
“Several folks in attendance came out supporting a potential candidate; however, they were not part of the citizen’s participation agenda based on the citizen’s participation protocol,” said Newton.
In other business:
— The board was presented with a letter from the Bladen County Youth Focus Project requesting the use of the gym on the property that once was part of the School of Extended Hope.
— The board awarded the audit contract to Anderson, Smith and Wike.
— The board approved a field trip from East Bladen High School for the purpose of attending a N.C. State Beta Club Convention.