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City school officials report good news

Sealey recovering, grant money won, grounds repairs

by Diana Matthews

In the absence of Chairman Coleman Barbour Thursday evening, Carlton Prince presided over the Whiteville Board of Education meeting. In addition to financial plans and student recognitions covered in previous articles, the board heard several pieces of happy news.

Superintendent Kenny Garland said that Whiteville High School principal Jes Sealey is still under medical care and “very tired” but recovering well from his recent kidney transplant. Sealey wanted to return to work but, “We’ve had to run him off; we actually issued a ban letter against him coming on campus,” said Garland.

Director of School Nutrition Jamesie Gentry received almost $21,000 in grant money from the N.C. Division of Public Instruction  to buy new cafeteria equipment. A food-serving bar she had bought with a part of the money was on display at the meeting.

“You’re on a roll,” board member Greg Merritt told her.

Prince said he would like “to challenge all you principals and directors to apply for grants. We can certainly use all the grant money we can get.” To Gentry, he said, “You’re doing quite well; keep up the good work.”

Prince gave the March visit by U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith as an example of the kinds of things school employees should strive to provide for students. A letter from the Reuben Brown House Preservation Committee had arrived, thanking the city school system for cooperating with them to plan Smith’s presentations to seventh graders and high school students.

Whiteville Primary School has begun kindergarten registration, and numbers looked good, said Garland.

Garland said that maintenance personnel had successfully completed three projects during spring break: a fence repair on the softball field, a storage building at Legion Stadium and a drainage issue at WPS.

 

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