Educators voice concerns about Halifax County High School

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Tuesday night many in the Halifax County Community came to hear what improvements could happen and need to happen at the high school. 

The meeting was a public meeting to discuss the options and to hear the public’s comments. 

Educators say at Halifax County High School there are 55 exterior doors that are not monitored by any security system and educators say that’s a huge problem. 

“Not doing something is not the option,” said Cheryl Watts, a former school teacher.

Cheryl Watts is a former Halifax County teacher and attended the meeting Tuesday night to see what improvements need to be made at Halifax County High School. 

The school needs thirty-one million dollars in maintenance costs over the next five years.

This meeting was to show community members like Watts options of whether to renovate or build a new school. 

“You’re still putting it into a facility that’s not adequate. It’s just to keep it going. So you know, in another 5 years it might be another few million and you know pretty soon, you’re up to what it would have cost to go ahead and do the renovation to start with,” said Cheryl Watts, a former school teacher. 

The superintendent says that thirty-one million wouldn’t even cover the costs of security updates that the school needs. 

“I don’t have an ideal solution yet, I mean, to me if you want a 21-century space here, the students here deserve a good learning space,” said Mark Lineburg, Halifax County Superintendent. 

The next step is to take the findings shown tonight and spread them around the community to get greater community input. 

The superintendent says he would hope the money for the project would not have to fall solely on the taxpayers but hopes to get state and federal funding to help with the costs.

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