School board reviews budget, Pope Elementary’s fate

By COREY DAVIS

Staff Writer

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Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education will hold a work session and board meeting Monday at the Central Office Auditorium in Nashville to discuss the 2014-15 budget and the future of Pope 
Elementary School.

The work session will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by the board meeting at 7 p.m.

The board voted last month to move Pope Elementary students to the D.S. Johnson and Fairview Elementary facility effective this fall at the start of the school year. The school board has yet to decide on its plans for the Pope Elementary School facility.

Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Superintendent Anthony Jackson made the proposal to move the Pope Elementary student body of 288 to a newer facility, citing safety issues with the Pope Elementary facility and the age and condition of the facility as reasons for the move. Pope 
Elementary School was built in 1940. The school was named after a respected local educator.

At Monday’s board meeting, the school board will discuss the 2014-15 student improvement grants, the Read to Achieve Summer Academy, a student services update, the 2014-15 test calendar and an update on the replacement of the Rocky Mount Middle School science building.

Rocky Mount athletics director Michael Gainey and Nash Central athletics director Michael Mosley will be among several people recognized by the board. Nash Rocky Mount Public Schools first day of school will be Aug. 25.

The next board meeting will be 7 p.m. Sept. 8.

The annual teacher and principal of the year banquet will be Sept. 16 at the Rose Hill Conference Center in Nashville.