Hearing Tuesday on closing Lumberton school

Staff report

LUMBERTON — The Public Schools of Robeson County on Tuesday will hold a public hearing during which the public is welcome to comment on a plan to close West Lumberton Elementary School.

The hearing begins at 5 p.m. and will be held at Lumberton City Hall, where the board has met since the central office was destroyed by Hurricane Matthew. The board’s regular monthly meeting will follow at 6 p.m.

City Hall is located at 500 N. Cedar St. The Robesonian will provide live stream video coverage on Facebook of the meeting.

West Lumberton Elementary’s school was also destroyed by Matthew, and its students transfered to Lumberton Junior High School. The number of students has dropped to fewer than 100, meaning the state will no longer provide funding for a principal.

The school system is working to build a new school that would serve the district.

During the regular meeting, the board will hear an update from Chad Cronin, a representative of Sfl+ A Architects, which is working on the design for the new school, Superintendent Shanita Wooten, who will give updates on the Innovative School District as well as an effort to update the system’s policies, and Erica Setzer, the system finance director.

A closed session is planned during which the board will address legal and personnel matters.

Staff report