Bertie Commissioners And School Board Discuss New High School

Emotions boiled over Thursday night after a meeting in Bertie County involving the construction of a new Bertie High School.

Parents were unable to speak during a meeting involving school and county officials.

County officials got an earful from parents after their voices were silenced during the meeting in Windsor.

Plans estimate the cost at 26 million--but parents argue the county doesn't have enough money and the new school won't be big enough for its growing population. County commissioners and school board members agree a new school needs to be built.

A public comment period will be available during the school board's meeting on April 6th.

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Bertie county Commissioners will be meeting with the Bertie county school board Thursday, to further discuss the possibility of a new high school.

County Commissioners looked at options for building a new high school across from the current one on highway 13 in Windsor, to the tune of between 21 and 26 million dollars. That's according to the Roanoke-Chowan News Herald.

The paper says one of the problems they may run into with the new school is that there would only be space for 800 students when the high school total number is currently around 850.

We'll keep you posted on this.


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  • by Former Resident on Apr 5, 2010 at 07:51 PM
    The board of education in Bertie County are crooks. They are all for themselves and their families. Many of them act like it's a privilege to be on the board and they look down on everyone else. The money that was going to be used for the new HS, they took it. I have a BS degree in Biology and someone asked me would I like to come teach there. I said, "And have my salary cut in half, oh no". Don't let the board nor Bertie County government fool you, they have the money. Also the Bertie High School I knew is gone forever. It looks like a prison camp now. Bertie please come into the 21st century.
  • by resident Location: bertie county on Mar 29, 2010 at 02:44 PM
    Connect Bertie may be good for a few students, but unfortunately, there are alot of families that can afford to have internet but will take advantage of this and drop their current service just to get something else free. Is it true that if a student qualifies for reduced lunch that they qualify for Connect Bertie? If so, I can tell you for a fact that it will be taken complete advantage of.
  • by BECHS student Location: Windsor NC on Mar 22, 2010 at 12:04 PM
    To: observer That is what I am saying the program is amazing it is just the people that are in control of it. I would recommend this school to anyone! I love it! As you were saying about my speaking; we all take classes for public speaking and are trained to be able to handle ourselves in front of crowds. I have personally taken the agriscience course which taught us public speaking. I now am taking a College prep writing class. In this class we look at famous speeches and mimic their models for when we speak. I can handle myself in front of hundreds of people. I have learned how to speak and control a public speaking room when I have the floor while I am being watched by about a hundred and fifty people. So like I said the program is amazing but in the wrong hands.
  • by Private Citizen Location: Bertie on Mar 20, 2010 at 02:58 PM
    "inbertie" is definitely on target. The solution is simple. Take the 4 million dollars in QZAB/QSCAB(or whichever Q you choose) and renovate Southwestern and C.G. White and separate the two middle schools again. Put Mrs. Hardy back at Southwestern where she was thriving. Put Wayne Mayo back at C.G. White where he was thriving. A-N-D YES, Turn the current middle school into the High School/Ag School/Stem School(Add a few labs if necessary). Then turn the current high school into the ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL with a solid Vocational Program (Carpentry, Cosmetology, Masonry, Auto Mechanics, Refrigeration and Air, Health Occupations-CNA I and II, etc.). This would help in putting people back to work (which is what the stimulus money is allocated for that "Concerned Citizen" was talking about in an earlier post). This would solve many problems and create solutions. But maybe the people in charge don't want to be winners, just game players.
  • by observer Location: greenville on Mar 20, 2010 at 02:32 PM
    To BECHS Student, You sound like an adult. If the students at your school have the ability to write and argue points as proficiently as you, then I say that the students at the Early College should skip Early COLLEGE and go straight to Grad School.
  • by Irv Location: Farmlife on Mar 20, 2010 at 06:30 AM
    Wow! A controvery about high schools that doesn't involve Martin County!
  • by To Concerned Citizen on Mar 19, 2010 at 02:08 PM
    Are you running? If not don't point fingers!
  • by BECHS student Location: Windsor, NC on Mar 19, 2010 at 12:35 PM
    I am just so sick and tired of all of this concerning Bertie Early College!! I am tired of the politics and the stress of he said she said and not knowing! This school has worked miracles in my life. I have seen it take druggies that were failing and teach them that it’s real and it’s your life! They are now A/B students taking 2-3 college classes a semester! I think that is a miracle all together! I thank God for this program and the staff that are there in it to support us! But at this point I think I speak for myself as well as all the students we are just ready for a decision! If the Bertie Boards can give us what we need such as labs, professors, livestock, and so on in a timely manner then we as a student body is fine being in the county! If they cannot then send us on our way! We as students are tired of getting thrown around and just want to know what our future holds!
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Windsor on Mar 19, 2010 at 10:00 AM
    To: BECHS Parent. The sad thing is that all these people are complaining about the current county commissioners and school board members. However, no one is concerned enough to run against them in an election. We have just 1 commissioner who has any opposition in our upcoming election. So, it looks like it will still be the status quo!
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Windsor on Mar 19, 2010 at 09:53 AM
    To: GT With the exception of Hertford County, Bertie has the highest tax rate of all northeastern counties. Please go to http://www.dornc.com/publications/5yr_tax_rates.pdf. This is the Department of Revenue's listing of all counties.
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