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Spivey supports ‘Ag School’

WINDSOR – A possible new high school in Bertie County has one supporter already.

During the Windsor Board of Commissioners meeting Thursday morning, Mayor Bob Spivey gave his board a report on a project in which the town and Bertie County Schools are working together.

He said that he had talked to Dr. Chip Zullinger, superintendent of Bertie County Schools, who had said the computer lab the town endorsed could have a place in downtown Windsor.

As part of the discussion, Spivey told the commissioners about a discussion to bring a new agricultural high school to the county.

“It was a really exciting thing to here about what it could bring,” Spivey said. “There was total support from North Carolina State University and Shaw University.”

The mayor told his board the idea was one that could benefit the students of Windsor and Bertie County.

“I think this is a tremendous opportunity and I certainly want to support it,” he said.

Bertie school district leaders met two weeks ago to discuss the possibility of forming an “Ag School” in which students could enter high school in the ninth grade and complete courses of study which would allow them to earn both a high school diploma and a two-year college degree.

“If we move forward with this, it may become a school underneath North Carolina State University, which is almost unprecedented,” Dr. Zullinger told the Bertie County Board of Education.

The school system is moving forward with the planning stages of the possible school at this time with hopes of possibly having it in place as early as the fall of 2009.

In other business, the Windsor Board of Commissioners:

* approved the placement of a wreath at the clock on King Street at the Cashie River by the Bertie County Human Society to honor “fallen and working animal heroes and/or the fallen and working soldiers.”

* approved a budget amendment for the 2007-2008 fiscal year budget;

* heard an update on the U.S. 13 bypass; and

* held a closed session under North Carolina General Statute 143-318.11.a.4.