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School merger committee charges consultants

Posted on: 08.7.2018 at 02:54 p.m.

By Justin Smith, editor

justinsmith@nrcolumbus.com

 

Representatives from the Columbus County and Whiteville city school boards, along with members of the board of commissioners, provided direction Tuesday night to a consulting firm slated to study the potential merger of the two school districts.

In July, the ad hoc committee selected Raleigh-based Emerald Education to conduct the study at a cost of $19,500. June Atkinson, former state superintendent, and Phillip Price, former chief financial officer at the Department of Public Instruction, are affiliated with Emerald Education and presented to the committee Tuesday. The two discussed the factors they will consider when studying a potential merger and asked the committee members for their input.

Former State Superintendent June Atkinson is among the notable education officials affiliated with Emerald Education, a consulting firm slated to study the merger of the Columbus County and Whiteville city schools.

County commissioners created the ad hoc committee at the suggestion of Rep. Brenden Jones, R-Columbus, and Sen. Danny Britt, R-Robeson, who told commissioners that a decision on merger rests with the commissioners, not the legislature. The committee is composed of three members each of the city and county boards of education and two county commissioners.

Representing the county schools on the committee are Barbara S. Yates-Lockamy, Randy Coleman and Monte Herring. City school board members on the committee are Coleman Barbour, Kandle Rogers and Greg Merritt. Also sitting on the committee are county commissioners Amon McKenzie and Ricky Bullard. Herring is the group’s chairman and Barbour serves as vice chair.

 

Video of Tuesday night’s meeting:

Consultants to present to school merger committee. Audio will be turned on at 6:30 p.m.

Posted by The News Reporter on Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Read Friday’s edition of The News Reporter for a complete report.

 

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