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School board responds to county’s funding freeze

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NASHVILLE — The Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education has responded to a county funding freeze for a new elementary school.

The Nash County Board of Commissioners decided last week to hold funding for the new elementary school slated for the Red Oak area until the school board demonstrates a spirit of cooperation.

School Board Chairman Franklin Lamm last week released his board’s proposed joint committee structure. He said the school board turned over the information to county commissioners more than two weeks ago, prior to the funding freeze.

School officials said the information was given to commissioners Jan. 9.

In the proposal, the school board agrees to a joint committee made up of five school board members and three members selected by county commissioners.

At odds with commissioners, the school board says in its proposal that the county would have to pay for project management services. The commissioners previously told the school board the use of a project manager was a bad idea and using architects was a better way to proceed.

County Board of Commissioners Chairman Robbie Davis said his board has made it clear the county will not fund a project manager because to do so would be a waste of taxpayer dollars.

The school board voted to hire a project manager the same day it sent its committee proposal to county commissioners.

Commissioners said they will establish a funding ordinance “at such time as the school board agrees to work together with this Board of Commissioners in a spirit of cooperation to build the best school possible, utilizing the talents of both boards to do what is best for our children and for the taxpayers of Nash County.”

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