Tuesday, March 5, 2024

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THE PUBLIC ASKS: Is mobile unit at Eastlawn still not being used?

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QUESTION: Is it true that a mobile unit was installed at Eastlawn Elementary School at the beginning of this school year but hasn’t been used since – and now the school system is saying Eastlawn needs a $12 million addition?

ANSWER: A used mobile unit had been placed on the campus of Eastlawn Elementary School at the beginning of the school year but remains unoccupied because “there’s a lot of work to be done,” ABSS chief operations officer Greg Hook recently confirmed for The Alamance News.

Meanwhile, Hook earlier this month unveiled to the school board a raft of building repairs and future expansion needs that include a potential 10-classroom addition at Eastlawn Elementary School, which he estimated would cost $12 million. (Hook’s list of future expansion needs also include classroom additions at Alexander Wilson and Elon Elementary schools and Woodlawn Middle School, estimated to cost another $35 million on top of the costs to expand Eastlawn.)

Other mobile classrooms at Eastlawn.

Hook told the board at the time that the four schools that need classroom additions to accommodate enrollment growth are long-range projects that aren’t currently planned for a particular year, though he noted that all four schools “are already at capacity” and need to be examined.

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The administration at Eastlawn Elementary School, Hook said, has requested a 10-classroom addition because “there’s nowhere to put mobiles.”

Eastlawn Elementary School currently has about seven mobile units, including the one installed last year.

School board chairman Sandy Ellington-Graves told the newspaper last Wednesday that the vacant modular unit at Eastlawn Elementary School had been relocated from Southern High School.

Ellington-Graves also said she had confirmed with Kim McVey, the chief finance officer for ABSS, that no payments had been disbursed to a company, Modular Technologies of Kinston.

Then-assistant superintendent Dr. Todd Thorpe had proposed buying a used trailer from Modular Technologies in October 2021, but the school board balked, with a majority of its members saying they felt installing a used trailer at Eastlawn Elementary School would make the property look run-down.


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