Board hears project updates, approves grant match

At Monday night’s Mecklenburg County School Board meeting, Director of Maintenance Brian Dalton updated the board regarding several ongoing capital improvement projects and asked for an allotment of $nearly 4,000, which would serve as a 25 percent local match for a security system upgrade for several schools.

Dalton first informed the board that although several projects had been recently completed, Bluestone High School is still in need of drainage work at its softball field.

“It’s been so dry and the ground has been so hard that we haven’t been able to get in there,” Dalton said. “Hopefully after this rain, we will be able to take care of that.”

Dalton said one of the biggest tasks on the list of capital improvement projects to be completed is the gym floors at three elementary schools at La Crosse, Clarksville and Chase City.

Dalton went on to say that while the floors have not been completed yet, the work has been scheduled and should begin on Monday, Sept. 29, and be completed by Oct. 14.

“It’s going to take about three weeks,” he said. “We are thinking about one week per gymnasium.”

Dalton also discussed an upcoming exterior lighting project.

“I am very excited about this project,” he said. “Right now we have plans to replace all the bulbs in the South Hill Elementary School parking lot with LED bulbs. Hopefully that will be completed by our next meeting date.”

Speaking in regard to upcoming improvement projects for the 2016-17 school year, Dalton said recently he and Superintendent of Schools Paul Nichols met with the Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors to discuss these projects and ask for funding.

Dalton said he was happy to announce that the schools had received all funding requested to the tune of $85,000.

“I would like to extend my appreciation to the board of supervisors for recognizing our needs and allocating the requested funds to help us out,” he said.

Additionally on Monday night, Dalton presented information regarding a school security equipment grant.

“We have received conformation that we have been awarded $14,474 to be used at Clarksville, LaCrosse and South Hill elementary schools for security system upgrades,” Dalton said. “Chase City Elementary School did not score high enough to receive any funds this year.”

Dalton said a security audit would be performed on Chase City Elementary in upcoming months that would increase the chances of the school being eligible for a similar grant next year, resulting in upgrades there.

He said this year’s grant for the three schools would require a local match of 25 percent, which translates to $3,916.

“I would like to ask the board at this time to approve the local match so we may begin to move forward using the grant money received,” Dalton said.

The board voted to approve the request later in the meeting.

Dalton also informed the board that some technology surplus items had been collected and asked permission to add the items to the list items marked for a surplus sale. The board voted in favor of Dalton’s surplus item request as well.