Erin Zureick

Education, politics and observations from Sanford

School board approves bank

The Lee County Board of Education decided Tuesday to continue to bank with BB&T, which is based in Winston-Salem. The finance and personnel committee made the recommendation after meeting last month.

The bank will renew the contract with no changes for the coming year.


September 9, 2009 Posted by | Education, Sanford | , | Leave a comment

School board agenda posted

The Lee County Board of Education posted this morning its agenda for tonight’s 6 p.m. meeting at the Lee County Government Center. There are several items of interest.

  • Superintendent Jeff Moss will give an update about the district’s allocation of state money, as well as talk about a planned partnership with Progress Energy to apply for an energy-savings grant.
  • Some items on the consent agenda include a contract for Hite Associates for the design plans of renovations and construction at Lee County High School. That contract would have to gain further approval from the Lee County Board of Commissioners. It would compensate the firm 7 percent of the cost of renovations and $600,000 for the new classroom building.
  • An agreement with Paxton/Patterson to expand the school district’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program to all three middle schools.

September 8, 2009 Posted by | Education, Sanford | , , | Leave a comment

Lee and Chatham Girl Scouts recruiting new members

The Lee and Chatham county Girl Scouts troops will be recruiting new members with events planned for this month.

Chatham’s event is planned for Sept. 12 from noon to 5 p.m. at Shakori Hills. Girls and their parents are invited to come make a recycle-themed craft and sign up to join a local Girl Scout troop.  The activity is free for the general public. You can visit here for more information.

Girls and adults in Lee County can stop by the main branch of Lee County Library on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Jenny Barrow, membership coordinator for the counties, at

September 4, 2009 Posted by | Education | , , | Leave a comment

High school curriculum meeting today

The Lee County Board of Education’s high school curriculum and instruction committee will hold its first meeting of the year at 3:30 p.m. today at Lee County High School in the culinary arts room.

The committee is slated to discuss:

September 2, 2009 Posted by | Education, Sanford | | Leave a comment

Chatham County Schools introduces principal changes

Chatham County Schools has implemented several administrative changes as the new school year opened this week.

There are five schools with new principals in the 2009-10 school year:

  • Bonlee School – Daniel Haithcox moved from principal of SAGE Academy to Bonlee.
  • Chatham Middle – Tracy Fowler moved from principal of Bonlee to Chatham Middle.
  • Perry Harrison – Janice Frazier moved from principal of Silk Hope to Harrison.
  • SAGE Academy – Kim Taylor moved from assistant principal at Virginia Cross                 Elementary to SAGE.
  • Silk Hope – Chad Morgan moved from assistant principal to principal at Silk Hope.

August 27, 2009 Posted by | Education | , | Leave a comment

Help name new Chatham middle school

Chatham County Schools is soliciting input for help naming its new middle school in the northeast corner of the county. Ideas will be accepted until Oct. 1.

The following criteria should be used for suggestions:

  • The name may be that of an educational or community leader of prominence; priority will be given to the names of educational or community leaders who have directly or indirectly helped students in this school attendance zone to succeed;
  • The name may specify the geographic locality or description of the school.
  • The school, which the district plans to open in the fall of 2010, will be located off Andrews Store Road in northeastern Chatham County.

Applications can be sent to one of these three places:

  • Chatham County Schools, P.O. Box 128, Pittsboro, NC  27312, c/o Beth McCullough, Public Information Officer
  • North Chatham School, 3380 Lystra Church Rd., Chapel Hill, NC  27527, c/o Wendy Phillips
  • Perry Harrison School, 2655 Hamlet Chapel Rd., Pittsboro, NC  27312, c/o Kim Harris

August 25, 2009 Posted by | Education | | Leave a comment

Chatham school board calls special meeting

The Chatham County Board of Education will hold a special called meeting at 2 p.m. Monday via telephone conference call. Board members will consider a resolution approving a grant application so the district can apply for more federal stimulus funds that would go toward capital projects.

School board representatives previously approved in July an application for no-interest school construction bonds. Superintendent Robert Logan said that money (about $1.6 million in Qualified School Construction Bonds) would go toward bathroom improvements at various schools across the district.

The conference call will be based in the superintendent’s office at the central office in Pittsboro.

August 23, 2009 Posted by | Education | , | Leave a comment

Lee County Schools posts bus routes

Lee County Schools has posted bus routes for the 2009-10 school year, which begins Tuesday. The district also has a list of bus safety tips.

View the bus routes here.

Also, here are some tips from the school district:

  • Look both ways before crossing the street.
  • Obey the bus driver.
  • Once seated, remain quietly in your seat.
  • Do not eat or drink on the bus.
  • Keep your arms, legs, and head inside the bus.
  • Do not throw things out of the window.

August 20, 2009 Posted by | Education, Sanford | , | Leave a comment

Love’s end-of-session Raleigh Report

I received the end-of-session Raleigh Report from Rep. Jimmy Love Sr’s (D-Lee) office. In it he takes some time to go over some highlights of the session and some of the final issues legislators dealt with for the summer session. (See the last post about the Raleigh Report for budget information).

Here are Love’s thoughts in his own words:

The 2009 session of the General Assembly has adjourned, but not before we finished up work on a number of important matters. Since passing our budget, we have concluded work to strengthen criminal laws, reform the state’s coastal insurance plan, improve transportation and clear the way for more efficient use of energy.

As I have shared a number of times, this has been a difficult session. The global economic crisis reached North Carolina this year and hurt our workers and businesses. The work by those of us in the General Assembly was in large part a response to this crisis, and I am happy to have supported a number of measures that create and protect jobs, help people protect their homes and ease the burdens on small business owners.

I will share more detailed information about the work of this session in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, thank you for your interest in state government and please let me know if I can be of any assistance.

Here are some of the highlights Love mentions:

  • Sex offenders would be prevented from driving a bus with children under a bill that has been ratified by the General Assembly (HB 1117). The bill has now been presented to Gov. Perdue to be signed into law.
  • Taking indecent liberties with a student would be added to the list of sex offenses that require registration under the sex offender and public protection registration program under a bill that has been ratified by the General Assembly (HB 209). The bill has now been presented to Gov. Perdue to be signed into law.
  • Smoking would be prohibited on the premises of correctional institutions under a bill that has been ratified by the General Assembly (SB 167). The legislation would also prohibit the possession of tobacco products or cell phones outside of a locked vehicle on the premises of correctional institutions and make it a criminal offense to provide tobacco products or cell phones to inmates. The bill has now been presented to Gov. Perdue to be signed into law.
  • State lawmakers have ratified legislation that improves the state’s Coastal Property Insurance Pool, presently known as the Beach Plan (HB 1305). Among other things, the bill would decrease the maximum coverage limit per home from $1.5 million to $750,000 and caps the amount of money that private insurance companies who participate in the plan are liable for at $1 billion. Homeowners outside of the 18 coastal counties that participate in plan could be asked to pay up to 10 percent more a year only if storm damage in a season exceeded $2.4 billion. The most the plan has ever paid out in claims in a previous year is $150 million. The bill has now been presented to Gov. Perdue to be signed into law.

August 19, 2009 Posted by | Education, politics, Sanford | , | Leave a comment

Commissioners meet tonight

Tonight’s August meeting of the Lee County Board of Commissioners (6 p.m. at Lee County Government Center on Hillcrest Drive) has a shorter agenda than recent meetings, but there are a few items of interest that officials are slated to discuss.

  • County Manager John Crumpton will give a report to commissioners about the financial impact of issue no-interest construction bonds and how much debt the county can handle (see my Sunday story in The Herald for more details on that.)
  • Commissioners also will consider adopting a resolution that states if November’s quarter-cent sales tax referendum passes, the money generated would be used solely for Lee County Schools and Central Carolina Community College construction needs.
  • Lee County Health Director Howard Surface will talk about preparations for swine flu vaccinations.

August 17, 2009 Posted by | Education, politics, Sanford | , , | Leave a comment