School officials to consider bond resolution

The Carteret County Board of Education will consider adoption of a $41.88 million school bond resolution request. (Cheryl Burke photo)

BEAUFORT — Carteret County school officials will consider adoption of a resolution requesting county commissioners place a $41.88 million bond referendum on the Tuesday, Nov. 3 ballot.

If passed, the bond would help meet school capital needs and purchase land “for future school needs,” the proposed resolution states.

The Carteret County Board of Education will take up the matter during its meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, held via YouTube at youtube.com/channel/UCVyrUgj9liv80Ofv0sevFvw.

Members of the public who would like to share comments during public comment should send their comments, along with their name and address, to Superintendent@Carteretk12.org by noon Tuesday. Video comments are limited to three minutes per person.

The proposed resolution doesn’t list specific projects included in the proposed bond. It does say the $41,885,500 would be used “for the purpose of providing funds for the capital costs of improving, renovating, replacing and equipping school facilities, including without limitation school buildings, safety and security measures, maintenance/transportation facilities, athletic and physical education buildings and facilities, and acquiring land for future school needs, and other necessary rights-in-land for the Carteret County school system.” It also authorizes the levy of taxes in an amount sufficient to pay the principal and interest on the bonds.

During a special meeting with county commissioners in early March, the school board and commissioners reviewed a proposed $59.25 million list in capital needs that included $22 million to build a new school in the western end of the county to relieve overcrowding at White Oak Elementary School.

Since that initial discussion, officials have amended that amount to $41.88 million.

During the previous meeting, County Manager Tommy Burns told school officials in order to make the timeline for a referendum in November, the school board must adopt its request by Tuesday.

Mr. Burns presented a proposed timeline that has county commissioners adopting a resolution directing publication of notice of intent to apply to the Local Government Commission and a resolution authorizing the county finance officer to apply to the LGC by Monday, May 18. If all goes according to plan, the referendum would be on the Nov. 3 ballot.

In other action, the school board will:

  • Receive an update on the Marine Science and Technologies Early College High School.
  • Consider adoption of a $323,656 budget revision for state funds received and expended during the 2019-20 school year.
  • Receive facility support operations update and comments from Interim Superintendent Richard Paylor and board members.
  • Receive policy revisions for first reading.

Under the consent agenda, the board will:

  • Consider approval to extend a fifth year for the 2020-21 child nutrition contracts for milk and dairy, produce, food and supplies.
  • Consider a resolution adopting a record retention policy.
  • Consider extending a meal program stipend for child nutrition workers and bus drivers from Friday, May 15, through Friday, June 5.

 

Contact Cheryl Burke at 252-726-7081, ext. 255; email Cheryl@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter @cherylccnt.

(11) comments

David Collins

Quite a few “considers” in this loan . Would think that with the huge outlay things would be pretty much nailed down . All that “wiggle room and vagueness of what the money would actually go for” would give me pause . After all, it is the school board and your money .

sonsofPepe

Let's not borrow a ton of money for the school system to largely waste.

SidKind

"It also authorizes the levy of taxes in an amount sufficient to pay the principal and interest on the bonds". All bonds are future tax increases in every instance. Not just Carteret County. Vote "NO".

Ridgway

never allow politicians to have money that does not have a purpose. Has a prior Detective who investigated Municipal can corruption. Always remember " you can't steal money if you don't spend money". If this is approved you'll all pay while sleezy politicians get rich.

Osprey

More specific information would be helpful.

RunAmock

I thought this was a Republican school board, where are the fiscal conservatives?

DeadBolt

Nah, I THINK parents are considering if sending their children back to any of these places is even worth it, you all wanted raises, and taxes, so, we will give you an answer in several months, you know when there is a 'school' relevant! ie: YOU ARE ALL NON ESSENTIAL. (well, until the testing of covid 19 is COMPLETE)

Core Sounder

looks like the spend spend spend crowd does not realize that lots of people are out of work which mean tax revenues will take a huge hit soon. Am I wrong to suggest that a little belt tightening is called for at this time and to wait and see what happens before we commit to borrowing more money which taxpayers may not have to pay back for a while.

David Collins

Nope , Republican school board or Democratic school board . It does not matter . Ever wonder why some folks trample all over each other to “serve” on a school board ? It is the lowest level of absolute power available to those who crave such things . More than one RINO CAN BE FOUND BEHIND THAT DESK . Agree with those posters before me . A no vote is in order at least until a crystal clear plan is drafted , sorted out and along with a NOT TO EXCEED ESTIMATE is in hand and finalized . Can’t do that then do nothing . Don’t get fooled again , as the song says .

DeadBolt

Oh, um, i forgot, we know 2 FACTS, hope they don't hurt any feelings, lol, one... jeffrey epstein DID NOT KILL HIMSELF, and two, well, yes TRUMP HAS A NAVY! [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=29&v=l3FfD2mQb1Y&feature=emb_logo ] Sorry Leftie Commies! [whistling]

Osprey

Has not been to school board, this is from "school officials". Those who have not been out of work or at least not missed a paycheck due to Covid 19.

Fiscal responsibility in not a term familiar to Safrit Dr crowd. How can anyone be expected to vote blindly on a $42 million bond ? Oh wait I used the term vote blindly, maybe that is what they are counting on !!!

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