As the Halifax County School Board works with the county to decide the future of Halifax County High School, they still have maintain all facilities in the meantime.

How they plan to maintain those buildings was approved Monday evening by the board when they unanimously approved director of maintenance and operations Steve Brumfield’s capital improvement plan.

The board begun to review the CIP last month, and it has since been updated to reflect a reduction in the funds for athletic fields and courts which was reduced from $100,000 to $50,000 for fiscal year 2020-2021.

A line item to spend $50,000 for replacement of white fleet also was added to FY 2020-2021.

The intent of the CIP is to summarize needs, an annual maintenance schedule and a list of long-term projects for their seven elementary schools, middle school, high school, early learning center, STEM center, facilities maintenance shop, transportation/bus shop, media center, athletic stadiums/field houses and the Moorefield family farm, totalling just over 1 million square feet of building space on 486 acres.

The CIP also prioritizes items to be addressed including replacing the PA system at Halifax County Middle School, replace fire panels at all elementary schools, which are obsolete, begin replacement of “white fleet” of work vans and trucks, HVAC replacement at elementary schools, begin painting schedule, renovate atheletic fields at Cluster Springs and South Boston elementary schools and continue curtain replacement schedule.

The CIP is a working document they plan to update annually.

Currently, it includes $931,700 worth of renovations for FY2020-2021 including big ticket items such as $500,000 for replacing the wall HVAC units at Sydnor Jennings Elementary School and $100,000 for painting the interior of Scottsburg Elementary School.

One way to get a few more funds back into the CIP fund, Brumfield told the board they’re planning a surplus sale for April 4 starting at 9 a.m. at the Daystrom building on Greens Folly Road.

A number of metal and work-working machinery and equipment, kitchen equipment, file cabinets, desks, tables, chairs, lockers, block, brick, tile, electronics and other miscellaneous as well as buses and other vehicles that the school no longer need or is broken will be up for grabs.

This sale will be done by auction in partnership with J. W. Shelton Auction and Reality J. W. Shelton will assist in conducting the auction. Sam Watts will be the auctioneer for this sale.

Brumfield said all funds made from the sale will come back to the school system, and then the school system will write a check for 10% of the profits for J. W. Shelton Auction and Reality.

The maintenance director said in the past sales have made anywhere from $17,000 to $40,000.

ED-7 trustee Keith McDowell had some questions about the buses sold saying that some were not allowed to be sold due to a grant, and he also asked if the buses were going to be transported to the Daystrom building.

Brumfield said he had been in contact with the transportation director and that he was aware of which buses they could sell and which ones they couldn’t.

He also explained that the buses and vehicles were going to stay at the bus shop, and that the public could come to the bus shop on Thursday and Friday of that week to look at the vehicles. He also said they could come to the Daystrom building before the sale to see other items.

The board also completed the following Monday evening:

• Unanimously approved a list of governance norms and protocols the board plans to follow that says they will act as one, and that the chairman will speak as the official voice of the board;

w Heard a truancy report from truancy officer Chris Brown who said Halifax County Public School students have missed 35,190.22 days of school so far in the 2019-2020 school year or 93.13%, which compares to 93.91% of days missed for the entire 2018-2019 school year;

• Heard an update from Superintendent Dr. Mark Lineburg about the high school program innovation grant, which has allowed for the high school to offer interdisciplinary courses including biology/nutrition, English 11/U.S. History and English 12/government as well as offer leadership classes and internships;

• Tabled a list of holidays for 12-month employees;

• Tabled a list of school board goals; and

• Reviewed a teacher’s salary comparison that compared Halifax schools to Campbell, Charlotte, Mecklenburg and Pittsylvania counties as well as Danville city that showed Halifax teacher’s salary starting off strong with $40,416, higher than surrounding areas’ starting pay, but then dropping behind as the years of experience grow.

Ashley Hodge reports for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at ahodge@gazettevirginian.com

Ashley Hodge is the editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at ahodge@gazettevirginian.com