District 1 School Board approves properties, senior cruise
Hampton District 1 School Board members met at the Fennell Elementary School and were treated to a presentation by young students and Principal Willie F. Coker.
According to Coker, the school is now a Magnet School featuring a fully 1:1 computer/student ratio. He also explained to the board and the numerous parents in attendance the schools numerous updates, including a state-of-the-art computer lab. Board members congratulated the principal for his hard work and unwavering dedication to students.
WHHS Senior Cruise
Wade Hampton High School Principal Bonnie Wilson spoke to the board on behalf of her senior class, who together as a class voted to present the board with a proposal to switch their annual senior class trip from Orlando, Fla., to a Carnival Cruise ship.
New board members Kari Foye and Nicci Bennett recalled fond memories of their senior class cruises with a smile and quickly voted to allow the senior class cruise. It must be noted that only eligible seniors will be allowed to attend the trip: behavior and grades are considered. The cost of the four-day trip will be $750 per senior, which will have the students washing cars and organizing other fundraising events to offset the increased cost associated with a cruise.
“There will be a couple of fundraisers to help defray the cost, but I made it very clear to them that we are still raising the funds for graduation and we would be limited in the number of fundraisers we could have,” said Wilson. “But they could certainly, outside of school, have their own carwashes and things of that nature.”
The seniors will be on board with other 2018 high school graduates and chaperones will be accompanying the students.
Superintend Wilcox informed the board that the district had recently finalized contracts for two properties adjacent to North District Middle School. A property was purchased from Andy Smith for $6,000 and a property was purchased from Sandra Jones for $8,000.
The vote to purchase the properties passed with a unanimous vote. The motion to purchase the properties is contingent upon a State Department Facility approval. Funds from the district’s budget reserve fund will pay for the purchases.
As well as the recent purchase, a building already owned by the district has recently been retrofitted to be utilized as a storage building.
The Wade Hampton High School NJROTC cadets were honored by the school board for their recent winning of a competition at a West Ashley, S.C., NJROTC event. The team also placed highly in several other categories.
The WHHS marching band was congratulated by the board for their recent victory in the Gold Division in both the 3A and 4A categories.
In other District 1 news, the board:
- Approved two HES Boy’s Club incentive field trips; one to Jacksonville for a NFL game and one to Atlanta for an NFL game. The request was approved.
- Approved the American Red Cross’s usage of District 1 facilities.
- Approved the WHHS BETA Club to take a field trip to Myrtle Beach for a convention and a field trip to Carowinds theme park.
- Board Chair Phillip Strother announced the district currently has a fund balance of $1.9 million.
- The school board voted unanimously to partner with TCL to provide, at no cost to the district, paid internships with Eckhart Workforce Development. The internships are provided to “at risk youth” say officials with EWD.