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Field house, redistricting on New Hanover County School Board meeting agenda


The school board members will ultimately decide the fate of one of New Hanover County’s oldest buildings, one with historic and sentimental value. It is the Jap Davis Field House. It was recently condemned by New Hanover County.

As a result, football players have to use mobile units for their locker room and team meetings. Most everyone associated with the high school wants a renovation, but assistant superintendent Bill Hance told the standing room only crowd that the school board will not make a decision until a full investigation into the building’s structure is finished. Hance does not want to renovate the building if it can’t sustain the renovation.

Chris Furr, New Hanover principal said, “It’s been two years of frustration trying to get things done here and I think Mr. Hance did a good job trying to explain the options. If the board approves the budget transfer then we’ll have the funds to move forward with some additional investigations.”

New Hanover High football player Brandon young said, “I was a little bit disappointed. I was hoping we’d have a solution by now. This is kind of distracting with all the deciding or not deciding of what we can do.”

Meanwhile, middle school redistricting was also a hot topic of discussion at the meeting. Options 1 and 2 were both eliminated Tuesday night, leaving options 3, 4 and 5 as residents of Echo Farms continue to sweat it out.

The Echo Farms contingent supports option 5 which would take Williston Middle School out of their equation for their children. “Option 5 is the most feasible. It moves the least amount of students and it accomplishes pretty much everything the school board is in favor of concerning neighborhood schools,” said John Hirchak, Echo Farms resident.

Middle school redistricting for the 2010-2011 school year will be on the agenda for the next school board meeting September 1st.

When a detailed engineering report is finished on the field house, the school board will likely call a special meeting later this month.

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videoA few items of interest were on the agenda at Tuesday night’s New Hanover County School Board meeting. At the top, the future of the New Hanover High School football field house. Another hot topic: the ongoing battle about middle school redistricting.

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