School board members skeptical about Southern Pines offer

The Moore County Board of Education was briefed on a proposal that changes Student Fee Schedules for 2020-21. Details were presented at the board’s Monday, March 2 work session.

The presentation was made by Dr. Seth Powers, who serves as director of student support services.

Among the requested changes is the addition of a $5 fee for “other semester-long electives” at middle schools. According to data cited by Powers, other courses, including art, band, chorus and orchestra, have a fee of $5 attached.

A second modification would add McDeeds Creek Elementary as a site offering childcare.

Additionally, the fees for regular daycare at Vass-Lakeview Elementary, Carthage Elementary and McDeeds Creek would rise, monthly, from $525 to $600 for one child. The increase was attributed to additional costs for staff and supplies. At Sandhills Farm Life Elementary, after-school care fees would decrease from $80 to $75 for two children and from $120, for three youngsters, to $100.

The affordability of the associated childcare, which helps parents who are working, was noted by both Powers and board members.

All other areas of Student Fee Schedules would remain unchanged, from 2019-20, for the next academic year.

The board also heard from Powers regarding out-of-state field trips requested for three schools – McDeeds Creek Elementary, North Moore High School and Pinecrest High School. Students from McDeeds Creek will be going to Myrtle Beach May 8, 2020. The trip includes dinner and a show at Pirates Voyage.

Members of the concert and jazz band from North Moore are slated to participate in the Music in the Parks competition at Six Flags Over Georgia, located in Atlanta. The trip is planned for April 17-19 of this year.

Pinecrest High School has scheduled three trips, two for the men’s golf team and one for orchestra students, all taking place in April and May.

Powers has been director of student support services since the summer of 2016. Before taking the position, he was principal at Highfalls, West Pine Elementary and Elise Middle School. He’s earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a master’s in school administration from UNC-Chapel Hill, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Fayetteville State University.

~Written by Sandhills Sentinel Reporter Dave Lukow.

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