Early College High School gets new home
BY AMELIA HARPER
Friday, January 11, 2019
NASHVILLE — The first school board meeting of the new year began with change and excitement as new leadership was selected and the school superintendent proudly announced long-awaited news.
Franklin Lamm was elected by his peers on the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education to serve as board chairman for the coming year. Ann Edge was elected to the post of vice chairwoman.
Lamm thanked board members for their vote of confidence and said he looked forward to working with them in the coming months.
“We have a good school system and as long as we put the children first, we can’t mess up but so bad,” Lamm said.
Superintendent Shelton Jefferies said he is also looking forward to good things in the coming year.
“We welcome everyone back to a dynamic 2019,” he said. “We are very excited with the start of the new year and I am here to bring the outstanding news that we have completed the transition into the new facility for the Early College High School. Mr. Shannon Davis and his team have done a phenomenal job and they deserve our thanks.”
Davis, who serves as director of maintenance for Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, has been spear-heading the efforts to renovate Building C on the campus of Nash Community College for use by students in the Nash-Rocky Mount Early College High School. The project, which has been under discussion for several years, was made possible with help from the Connect NC bond proceeds awarded to Nash Community College in 2016.
“With this move, we have doubled the capacity for that program,” Jefferies said. “And with the transition to brick-and-mortar classrooms,we have increased the level of safety for those students by getting them out of mobile units.”
Lamm said he was grateful for the hard work of the maintenance department that allowed the move to happen well before its scheduled date.
“We weren’t supposed to be able to get into that building until August,” Lamm said. “But because of our outstanding maintenance department, we are getting there in January. We have always had a top-notch maintenance department and they don’t always get the credit they deserve.”
Jefferies said a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new facility will be announced soon.
In other business, the school board voted on a final resolution to sell the former O.R. Pope Elementary School, which is located on Coleman Avenue. The school board is selling the property to Sheldon Bulluck for $204,800.
School board attorney Rod Malone clarified that the money received from the sale would have to go back in the Capital Needs fund and could not be used for general expenses such as salary expenditures.