School board meets on Tuesday

LUMBERTON — The Board of Education for the Public Schools of Robeson County will meet at Lumberton City Hall on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

The board has been meeting at city hall since its offices were destroyed by Hurricane Matthew. For a while it met at COMtech, but then moved the meeting to Lumberton.

The board will hear from Craig Lowry, chairman of the Finance Committee, and Erica Setzer, the system’s finance officer.

Last week the Robeson County Board of Commissioners approved $930,000 in additional funding for the local schools that is earmarked to increase teacher supplements by 1 percent. The increase would raise the supplement for a Robeson County teacher making $40,000 a year from $2,000 to $2,400.

The schools had asked for an additional $3.4 million in local funding, with about $1 million of that to be used to put a resource officer in all the county schools.

In other business:

— Interim Superintendent Shanita Wooten will discuss a plan aimed at recruiting and newly graduated educators. The Public Schools of Robeson County has around 80 vacant teaching positions.

— Mike Smith, chairman of the Construction Committee, and Brian Freeman, chairman of the Curriculum Committee, will provide reports to the board.

— The system’s classified and certified employees of the months will be recognized, as well as the bus driver of the money.

— The board will go into closed session to discuss personnel, student transfers and legal issues.

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