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Governor’s budget includes money for Historic Bath High School restoration

Published: Apr. 7, 2021 at 8:49 PM EDT
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BATH, N.C. (WITN) - An eastern Carolina group trying to restore a historic high school may be one step closer to making that happen.

Governor Roy Cooper’s proposed budget includes $280,000 to help the preservation and renovation of the Historic Bath High School building.

The building currently houses the welcome center, exhibit space, and can host small meetings and events.

Similar funding was also proposed two years ago by the governor, but it was not enacted into law.

Officials trying to preserve the building say it would be a smart move to invest in the school this time around.

Mike Godley with the Bath High School Preservation Project says, “They might otherwise have to put funds into a smaller less capable area to support the visitors center. Put funds into a smaller area for the public school.”

If passed, the $280,000 in state funds will be matched by donor funds.

That would bring the group just shy of its $600,000 goal to renovate the auditorium at the school.

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