The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

November 9, 2012

Board hears requests for use of NLCMS

By Ian Faulkner, Staff Writer

Friday, November 9, 2012 — The Stanly County Board of Education met for their last meeting with the current board members on Tuesday evening, as election results were streaming in from all around the country.

The first order of business on the agenda, Rodney Glover appeared before the board to request the use of New London Choice Middle School’s (NLCMS) athletic fields for North Stanly Dixie Youth Softball, a local recreational league.  

“We want to lease the ball fields at New London Choice Middle School. We would like to be able to host tournaments there, and we would like to upgrade the fields at no cost to the school system,” Glover said.

He explained that the softball league wants to procure a long-term lease on the property in order to earn a full return on any potential investments in the field.

“It gets harder and harder to find a field every year. We end up on soccer fields because we have no where else to practice. We want to be on par with the rest of the county; we would want to be able to schedule these fields,” he said.

Board member Chris Whitley brought up the issue of liability, wondering what kind of liability expectations would be placed on the school system should they grant Glover’s request.

The school board expressed their interest in having Glover draw up the lease in order to have their attorney more carefully scrutinize it, and then they’ll feel comfortable making a decision on the matter.

Dan Phillips spoke at the meeting, as well. Phillips expressed an interest in having the mobile units at NLCMS removed from the property. Phillips explained that the units had been vandalized in the past and removal of the units would prevent future incidents.

Phillips said he had been contacted by a gentlemen who was interested in removing the units at his own expense.

“What is he going to do with them? We can’t let someone have those units for personal gain, they’re property of the school system,” Board member Tracey Wyrick said.

Chairperson Anita Owens-Scott said if the school system did decide to remove the units that they would have to follow their procedures, which first involves listing the units as surplus property.

No action was taken regarding the removal of the mobile units.

Bill Josey, director of school finances, announced that beginning in January, teachers will move from a bi-weekly pay schedule to monthly.

“We will still use the clock system to keep track of comp time and overtime,” he said.

Josey also explained that the finance department is still sorting out issues with double deductions from pay checks. He said they will be sorting out these mistakes on a case-by-case basis.

During the superintendent’s comments, Dr. Terry Griffin reminded everyone that report cards were released on Tuesday. Griffin also noted the status of Stanly County Schools in regards to state expectations. According to her, class sizes in K-8 are equal to or less than state levels, SCS has a 96 percent attendance rate and the amount of fully licensed teachers exceeds state expectations, just to name a few comparisons.

The next school board meeting will be Dec. 4 at the Commons Meeting Room.