The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


February 13, 2013

Western school’s future remains unknown

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 — There were numerous items on the agenda for the Stanly County Schools school board Facilities Committee meeting on Monday night, from the awnings at West Stanly Middle School to the use of the playground equipment at Ridgecrest Elementary.

Principal Damon Rhodes spoke for West Stanly Middle School, requesting that WSMS be allowed to install the awning hey have already purchased in between the mobile units on their campus. Additionally, the PTO wants to be allowed to purchase an awning that would run from the mobile units to the main building.

The committee voted to let them continue with their efforts and purchase the awning at no cost to the school board.

Toby Thorpe, director for Albemarle Parks & Recreation (AP&R), appeared before the committee to make a request in regards to East Albemarle’s campus.

According to a memo from AP&R, the Jesse F. Niven Army Reserve Center, which is right beside East Albemarle, is to be turned into a community center.

To this end, they will need to use nine parking spaces from East’s lot for the purposes of creating an entrance/exit from Parkway Street and a fire department accessible water connection.

In place of the lost parking spaces, AP&R is allowing teachers from East to park at the community center.

Board member Mike Barbee was fine with it “as long as it doesn’t create traffic problems for East Albemarle.”

“Our busy time will not be the same time as the school. The impact of East Albemarle traffic flow is minimal,” Thorpe said.

Dr. Brenda Kays from Stanly Community College (SCC) met with Superintendent Dr. Terry Griffin on Monday for the purposes of requesting joint-usage of a facility for SCC and SCS.

With SCC rapidly expanding, Kays is looking for an area to house some courses.

There are two facilities that are up for discussion: Ridgecrest Elementary and the old Stanly Academy, formerly West Albemarle Elementary.

If Ridgecrest were to be used, it would be for the purpose of creating some in-depth culinary classes. If West Albemarle is chosen, then the site would be ideal for industrial style classes.

SCC is looking for a building for a long-term lease, somewhere in the nature of 20-25 years.

Because of the uncertain future of the Ridgecrest facility, the committee voted to offer up West Albemarle as a viable location for SCC’s expansion.

If SCC begins to use the facility, SCS students will also have access to the courses offered there.

The agreement is to go into the new memorandum of understanding between SCS and SCC.

The committee voted to allow Toby Bowers to purchase and install dehumidifiers for Badin Elementary, also voting to allocate the air conditioning controls from North Albemarle to the Badin facility.

Lastly, a request came before the board that Endy Elementary’s PTO be allowed to hire a private contractor to remove the playground equipment at Ridgecrest Elementary and have it installed at Endy.

Again, uncertain as to the future fate of the Ridgecrest facility, the committee voted to keep the equipment there until the whole school board could discuss Ridgecrest at length.


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