Pender Co. Commissioners release money for work at Topsail HS

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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Monday night Pender County Commissioners voted to release money for work at the new Topsail High School.

That money was going to be taken out of a bond put aside for repairs at Penderlea School, but after teachers and parents complained saying the school is in desperate need of repairs.

"We'll need to replace some flooring," said auxiliary director of Pender County Schools David Smith.  "Put in new flooring - it's needed. Some new sidewalks, need some new air conditioner systems."

Smith says there are so many repairs needed they can't even put a price on it, but the school has a little more than $240,000 set aside for repairs.

"To put a number on how much it would cost would be impossible," said Smith.

Pender County school officials were considering taking some of the money intended to pay for red lights and Highway 17 road work near the new Topsail High School in Hampstead.

Instead, county commissioners decided to release $174,000 that was frozen for the school budget.

Chairman of the commission, Jimmy Tate, said he couldn't allow funds to be taken from one school and given to another.

He says releasing the $174,000 is a win-win situation for the school board.

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