ST. PAULS -- In an effort to relieve crowding at St. Pauls High School while a $1.4 million wing is being built, the town Board of Commissioners approved a request by Robeson County Schools that it be allowed to place six mobile units on school grounds for the next 18 months.
Henry Bryd, executive director of administration for the county school system, requested the six mobile classrooms because the new wing, which will house 14 classrooms, won't be ready until December 2004. Each mobile unit will accommodate 25 students.
Byrd told the board and the nearly 20 residents in attendance that the Robeson County school board has designated $12 million for the improvement of schools across the county and $2.7 million toward St. Pauls to help relieve crowding.
"We feel if we don't have a good school system, we won't attract any new businesses," Byrd said.
Byrd also told the board that $1.3 million will be spent at St. Pauls Elementary for a new wing of six classrooms, a new roof on the school and replacement of the heating and air-conditioning units.
The St. Pauls Planning Board had recommended that the commissioners approve the school system's request for conditional-use permit that allows the mobile classrooms on the property.
The six new mobile classrooms will make a total of eight at St. Pauls High School. The six additional mobile classrooms will be located near the tennis courts; the other two are located behind the school, near the football field. Byrd said the additional six mobile classrooms will be ready in a couple of weeks.
Byrd also told the board that the new track and football field will be ready for the first home game of the season on Aug. 29.
In other business:
-- The board agreed to give the St. Pauls marching band $5,500 to go toward the purchase of 90 uniforms.
Cyndia Russell, president of the St. Pauls High School Bulldogs Marching Band Booster Club, said the total cost of the uniforms is $30,834.73. Tthe band still needs to raise another $4,784.73.
Russell told the board that the St. Pauls Marching Bulldogs is the only county high school band without uniforms.
-- Approved a resolution in support of federal recognition for the Lumbee Indian Tribe.
-- Presented a plaque of appreciation to Louise Ray-Pearson for her service to the town as a member of the board from 1994 to 2002.