Discussion revolving around the future of Halifax County High School is expected to continue when the Halifax County School Board meets Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the public meeting room of the Mary Bethune Office Complex in Halifax.
Interim director of secondary education Scott Worner is expected to lead a presentation on the facility.
Recently, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mark Lineburg said facility improvements are one of the key items on his radar for 2020, specifically upgrades to the high school.
Lineburg said it is clear that there is an immediate need to make a decision about how the future of the high school will be approached.
In November, the school board appointed Chairman Sandra Garner-Coleman and ED-2 trustee Roy Keith Lloyd to serve on a subcommittee to meet with members of the Halifax County Board of Supervisors to form an action plan for the renovation or construction of the high school and other schools.
This follows the passing of the November referendum that allowed for supervisors to implement a 1 % sales tax incentive with funding allocated towards construction or renovation of local schools, which is set to go into affect in July.
Also, the board recently put a $4,000 retainer fee down on 12 acres that adjoins the high school allowing for the listing to be removed from the market for 120 days.
This additional property would supplant space for new construction, provide options to necessitate required parking/bus lots and/or trailer space should the high school be renovated, according to Worner.
Monday’s meeting also will be a reorganizational meeting for the board when members are expected to elect a chair and vice chair, appoint a clerk and deputy clerk and appoint a designee to attend school board meetings in the absence of the superintendent.
Also slated for approval is proposed school board meeting dates and times, adoption of Robert’s Rules as rules of order and the appointment of a Virginia School Board Association code of conduct for school board members chair.
Several recognitions also are slated to be held. Expected to be recognized include a student-learning spotlight from Scottsburg Elementary School students, election pages, Early Gifted Program market day, former Gazette-Virginian sports editor Joe Chandler and Comet News Center.
The school board also are slated to complete the following:
• Review budget worksession updates;
• Plan school board training sessions;
• Appoint a student discipline committee;
• Appoint a board member to the superintendent’s teacher advisory committee;
• Appoint a board member to the facility student committee;
• Form a student behavior committee; and
• Review the capital improvement plan.
Board members also are expected to go into closed session for personnel and student discipline matters at the end of the meeting.