PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Penderlea School is about 75 years old and is need of some changes, according to Pender County Commissioner, Jimmy Tate.
Not only does the school need some upgrades in the gym and biology lab, Commissioner Tate says there needs to be some improvements in school safety as well.
Built in the late 1930's, Penderlea has a very open floor plan. There are several separate buildings for students, which makes it difficult to monitor who is checking in and out.
"I am concerned that you could have anyone enter from the street with the possibility of entering into a classroom there at Penderlea," said Tate, who once attended the school.
The Pender County Board of Education is discussing the possibility of building a new school as part of its five-year plan, although no decision has been made.
Tate, however, believes finding a way to renovate the old school would be the best option to keep the history alive.
"While safety is a concern - we can make the school safe while still providing for the history of the school both," explained Tate. "And while it may be more measures we have to put in place to make that happen, I certainly believe it can provide a long term benefit to Penderlea School and to the county."
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