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BEAUFORT – The Carteret County School Board awarded a $1.33 million contract Sept. 6 to WIMCO Corp. for the construction of security walls in five schools.

The contract includes a base bid of $1.267 million, with another bid of $67,000 for a masonry wall at Morehead City Elementary School.

Walls will be built at Beaufort Middle School, East Carteret High School, Morehead City Middle School, Smyrna Elementary School and Morehead City Elementary.






The Carteret County School Board awarded a contract Sept. 6 to WIMCO Corp. for the construction of safety walls at five schools, similar to this wall seen Thursday at Newport Elementary School. (Cheryl Burke photo)


The walls will be funded by part of the proceeds of a $42 million school bond referendum approved by county voters in November 2020.

The unanimous vote to award the contract took place at the school board meeting in Beaufort, which opened with a moment of silence for a student killed Sept. 1 in a stabbing incident at Northside High School. in Jacksonville. A minor has been taken into custody following the incident which killed a student and sent a second to hospital. Several other students are facing disciplinary action related to the stabbings.

Northside students returned to school on September 6, with several additional safety measures in place. They include increased on-campus law enforcement, hand-held wand-style metal detectors made available to administrators if needed, and a no-bag policy for sporting events.

The Carteret County School System just completed construction of a security wall at Newport Elementary School in response to cries from Newport parents following the May mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. In addition, county and municipal leaders have agreed to provide school resource officers in all public schools in the county starting this school year. The ORS were on duty on the opening day of county schools, August 29.

Carteret County Schools Assistant Superintendent Richie Paylor said work should begin on the walls in the coming weeks.

“Work on the walls will begin as soon as the contracts are signed and we meet,” Paylor said. “The walls will be very similar to Newport Elementary School.”

Additionally, he said the Newport Elementary School wall is complete except for the doors, which will be installed as they become available.

In other actions, the council:

  • Awarding of an $863,000 contract to IMEC Group LLC of Goldsboro for the construction of an auxiliary building at the Carteret Pre-School Center in Newport. The funds will come from the proceeds of school bonds. The addition will include an activity room, storage space, offices and washrooms.

  • Adopted a final budget of $110,708,155 for fiscal year 2022-23. The budget includes county, state and federal funds.

  • Approved a revised salary grid for substitute teachers to reflect the state mandated minimum wage of $15 per hour for school employees. Substitutes with effective teacher training will receive $112.50 per day and certified substitutes $130 per day. The new salary scale will cost the local budget approximately $250,000 per year.

  • Approved the second and final reading of multiple policy revisions.

  • Received brief updates on capital and school bond projects.

As part of the consent program, counsel:

  • Received a report regarding the 2022-2023 out-of-district tuition rate set at $3,045 per student.

  • Approved school fundraising requests.

  • Appointments approved to School Advisory Board.

  • Approval of a contract with Le’Chris Counseling Services Inc. to provide treatment and services to students at Bridges Alternative School at no cost to schools in Carteret County.

  • Approval of a memorandum of understanding with Integrated Family Services to provide behavioral health services to students.

  • Approval of a Memorandum of Understanding with Pathways Human Services of North Carolina to provide in-school mental health therapy services to students eligible for Medicaid, Health Choice, and/or other payers accepted by the provider.

  • Approval of a Memorandum of Understanding for the School Resource Officer Program with the Beaufort Police Department, Cape Carteret Police Department, Morehead City Police Department, Newport Police Department and the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Approval of an addendum to Carteret Community College Dual Career and University Enrollment Memorandum of Understanding. The addendum allows the school system’s CCP coordinator to receive a secure Carteret Community College account to access student data and record retrieval systems.

Contact Cheryl Burke at 252-726-7081, ext. 255; email Cheryl@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter @cherylccnt.

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