Erin Zureick

Education, politics and observations from Sanford

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 County commissioners have packed agenda

The Lee County Board of Commissioners has a packed agenda for its 6 p.m. Monday meeting. The meeting also will be preceded by a budget workshop at 4 p.m. at the Lee County Government Center.

Here are some highlights:

  • A public hearing will be held to discuss the fire district tax rates. Several of the districts have proposed slight tax rate increases. West Sanford has proposed raising its tax rate to the maximum approved by voters (15 cents per $100 of valuation) because of a declining property tax base and lower collection rate. Commissioners will discuss adopting proposed rates later during the regular meeting.
  • A public hearing will be held to discuss proposed incentives for Score Energy, located on Tramway Road. The business is looking to expand its facilities on the site.
  • The Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and 2009-10 budget ordinance also is on the agenda. The proposed budget this year is a 10 percent reduction from the previous year because of declining revenues (largely based on sales tax income falling).
  • The board also will consider numerous appointments to various boards (such as Parks and Recreation Commission, CCCC Board of Trustees, Board of Health, etc). Check back tomorrow for a fuller post outlining whose up for these positions.

June 12, 2009 Posted by | politics, Sanford | , , | Leave a comment

The week ahead

It should be a busy week ahead for Lee County, especially with high school graduations starting this week. Three of the five high schools will have their graduation ceremonies this week.

  • Provisions Academy, a charter school, will have what will likely be its last graduation ceremony (its charter was not renewed this year) at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Dennis W. Wicker Civic Center.
  • Grace Christian School will hold its graduation at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the nearby church.
  • Lee Christian School will have its graduation ceremony Friday evening.

Most of the public schools in the area, including both Lee County Schools high schools, will hold their commencements the following week.

The Lee County Board of Commissioners will meet at 3 p.m. Monday. On the consent agenda is an item to approve preliminary plans for two subdivisions off Steel Bridge Road.

Some other items of interest:

  • Commissioners will consider the county’s capital improvement plan
  • They also will hear a legislative update and assessment of the budget
  • The board also will hear a presentation about county water issues

As for the rest of the week, you can expect some additional school feature news as the school years wind down. Most of the schools will either conclude their years this week or next before they break for summer.

June 1, 2009 Posted by | Education, politics, Sanford | , , , | Leave a comment