School board to talk land deal on Thursday

By: Staff Report

LUMBERTON — The possible purchase of nearly 50 acres of land off N.C. 711 will be the topic of a special meeting on Thursday of the Board of Education for the Public Schools of Robeson County.

It will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the school district’s Transportation Classroom at 621 Kenric Road in Lumberton, according to a notice issued by the school system. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the purchase of real property.

“We want to buy that land on (N.C.) 711 that we’ve chosen,” said Peggy Wilkins Chavis, school board chairperson.

The board members will meet with Grady Hunt, school district attorney, and tell him that is the board’s decision, Chavis said. The meeting with Hunt will be in closed session and is not expected to last long.

Hunt will then relay the school board’s intent to buy the land to members of the county Board of Commissioners when they meet Monday, Chavis said.

The land off N.C. 711 will cost the school district $192,000. School system leaders have said the plan is to build on that land a central office building to replace the Caton Road building that was lost to Hurricane Matthew. Future plans are to consolidate several school system operations at the sit.

The initial cost estimate for the new central office building is $25 million.

The school system already owns 35 acres at COMtech Business Park near Pembroke, land that was bought years ago for the purpose of building a technology school. School board members also recently toured a warehouse off of N.C. 41 as a possible site for the central office.

Staff Report