HAMLET — The Richmond County School Board welcomed two new and two re-elected members, raised a handful of school fees and congratulated the coach of the year during a midday meeting Thursday.
New members Pat Campbell and Daryl Mason took the oath of office alongside returning members Bobbie Sue Ormsby and Joe Richardson, the crowd of those taking and observing the collective oaths looking less like elected officials and supporters than a large delegation greeting someone prominent at the airport. Only the Bibles and raised left hands offered a clue that something different was going on.
“It’s like a new chapter in the Richmond County School District,” Superintendent Cindy Goodman said before Superior Court Clerk Vickie Daniel elicited the four inductees’ “so help me Gods.”
Fifteen minutes after the oath-taking and official oath-signing, the board got down to the business of the day, re-electing Wylie Mabe board chair and Ormsby, vice chair.
It also approved new fees for several schools:
• Arts fees at Richmond Senior High School will be $10 across the board instead of $5 for chorus, $10 for band and $3 for art.
• Technology fees will be $25 at the high school and Ninth Grade Academy.
• The middle schools will begin charging $5 per year for technology, as well as a $1 physical education fee to pay for equipment.
Looking to next March, it also approved a field trip to Washington, D.C., for eighth-graders at Hamlet Middle School.
The board recognized retiring senior high soccer coach Bennie Howard as 2017-18 Coach of the Year, an honor he has won nine times previously as both a boys’ and girls’ coach.
And it approved the choices of the lowest — and, sometimes, only — bidders seeking to provide meals, produce, chemicals and other supplies for next school year.
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