COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The time when local government officials usually begin planning for their upcoming annual budgets is quickly approaching. However, officials in Columbus County are facing issues when it comes to budgeting for schools.
While most county commissioners only have one school system to focus on, Columbus County has two.
The county's school system, along with Whiteville City Schools, both have buildings that are in desperate need of repairs, and within the CC School System alone, nine schools are more than 60 years old.
Alan Faulk, the CC Schools Superintendent, says some budgeting needs include more than $300,000 worth of roof repairs. Additionally, many window replacements are needed, which are estimated to cost more than $1 million.
According to county commissioners, Whiteville City Schools Superintendent Thom Hager has also said that several buildings in his school system need also need roof repairs.
Commissioners add that Hager has raised safety concerns about Whiteville High School having several buildings, instead of one main building.
Because commissioners can't spend money on all the needs that both school systems are facing, they say that they're going to have to prioritize the issues.
They plan to discuss their budget and school repairs more at their retreat in March.
Currently, Faulk says his school system is in the process of applying for bonds to help pay for repairs. He says the bonds are federal recovery money that the state never issued out.
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