Bertie County Commissioners Discuss New $19 Million High School

By: April Davis/ Lindsey Fry
By: April Davis/ Lindsey Fry

It's an idea more than a decade old but plans are finally moving forward to build a new high school in Bertie County.

Monday night the Bertie County commissioners met with the school board to talk about the recent developments in the project. The new 28-room facility is expected to break ground right across the street from the current Bertie High School and board members say the new high school will be the same size as the current one with classes for students from ninth through twelfth grade. Although it will be a costly project, it's one that the chairman of the commissioners feels is long overdue.

"It's approximately $19 million. You know, with smart financing and being fiscally responsible to the taxpayers of Bertie County, I think this project will go through, " said Board of Bertie County Commissioners Chairman Lewis Hoggard.

Hoggard says the goal to have the new building ready for students is August 2013. Plans on what to do with the former high school are still being discussed.

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  • by Taxpayer Location: Bertie Co on Mar 20, 2012 at 01:22 PM
    I cannot believe one of the poorest counties in the state is going to build such an expensive high school. Until it begins at home and changes who is going through the doors everyday, there is no need to build this building. No matter what the cost it will not buy an education. I also thought the land across from the high school was tested years ago and a school could not be built due to enviromental reasons. What has changed?
  • by Lisa Location: Bertie on Mar 20, 2012 at 12:58 PM
    It's going to take more than just a new $19 million dollar building before I let my daughter go there.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 20, 2012 at 11:47 AM
    Just what Bertie needs, more wasteful government spending on a new school. The building you are in does not matter. My parents (yes there were two of them) always told me, "sit down, shut up and learn" and you can be in a tent or outdoors and do that. The NCLB policy should be call what it really is NO CRONY LEFT BEHIND. This "new school" trend is just to benefit crony contractors with more of our tax dollars. You can't educate some people in any type of facility. Based on previous WITN reports, the school administrators are going to send the students home for clouds and breezy weather anyway, why not save your money?
  • by Disgruntled(ex)worker on Mar 20, 2012 at 03:22 AM
    I helped build a school parking lot for a new school there about 6 or 7 years ago.I thought that was the new high school.I also thought republicans were bad bad mean spirited evil rich people that did not believe in a good enviroment and not give the kids a good education with some teacher that will work for nothing and not know what he or she is doing.Guess I thought wrong.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 20, 2012 at 02:09 AM
    do to a layoff i have had to move back here (which I HATE) and my nephew plays baseball for the middle school and they charge $4 for a game.... neverdid where I raised my boys so WHY are yall building a million dollar building and charging for a middle school game in on of the poorist countys?
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      by Witness on Mar 20, 2012 at 05:07 AM in reply to
      Did you notice the field you were on? It wasn't at the middle school was it? What you should be asking is why did they build a school with no baseball field? $4 to watch a baseball game seems pretty reasonable. The fact that it is one of the poorest counties is one of the reasons they have to charge. Did you think the umpires were volunteers?
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      by Anonymous!!! on Mar 20, 2012 at 07:08 AM in reply to
      The cost of Umpires are about 250.00 for both baseball and softball. The confrence sets a limit on what to charge. If you go other places in the Confrence, you will pay to see the game. The Middle school is trying to pay bills with charging gate at the games. $4.00 is cheap to support the program, and the children that work hard in the classroom to get the chance to play on the field!!
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      by AD on Mar 21, 2012 at 05:26 AM in reply to
      When funding was cut in education, that also meant funding was cut in athletic budgets. In order to pay officials ($250 a game as stated) , properly equip players, and pay for other neccesities there has to be a charge in order to keep the program a float. Next time your nephew gets hit in the head with a fast ball, be thankful you paid $4.00 and that helped the program buy the helmet that protected him.
  • by Ed Location: Bertie on Mar 19, 2012 at 09:57 PM
    Perhaps WITN could investigate a little more and determine the sudden commissioner vote to add $2 million more for "site work". Looks like both boards would have figured out by now the place is a wetlands, with clay down there. They county got in hot water years ago with the Corps of Engineers when they tried to develop the site without following procedures. Here they go again at the same place......
  • by Former Resident Location: Greenville on Mar 19, 2012 at 08:43 PM
    Its great that they're going to build a new school, but it's too little too late. I hope that the community closely monitors the spending going on with this project. The school board and county board are notorious for "slipping" a little in their own pockets. I feel the greed of the former and some current members robbed me and my fellow classmates of a proper education. Does everyone remember the houses that some members of the school board built from public school funds to rent and pocket the income? I beg all members of the community once again to closely monitor the spending. Become involved!

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