Funding sources tapped for roof replacements

Published 1:01 pm Tuesday, January 25, 2011

JACKSON — Northampton County Schools is dipping into lottery and ADM (average daily membership) funds to replace the roofs at two different schools.

Last week, the Northampton County Board of Commissioners authorized a request from the school system to draw down $720,000 from the North Carolina Lottery fund and $210,000 of ADM funds.

According to a letter from Northampton County Schools Finance Officer Joe Holloway, who was in attendance at the commissioners’ meeting, the money will be used for roof replacement at Conway Middle School and Northampton County High School-West STEM.

Holloway noted in his letter to the commissioners that the Northampton County Board of Education had entered into a contract with Greenville Roofing Contractors for roof replacement on NCHS-West STEM for the amount of $905,100 as well as a $445,000 contract with Team Roofing for Conway Middle’s roof replacement.

“We will be utilizing $445,500 in lottery funds for the work at Conway Middle School,” Holloway wrote. “We will be utilizing $274,500 in lottery funds and $210,000 (in ADM money) for West.”

In addition, $420,600 of the schools capital outlay fund will be used.

County Manager Wayne Jenkins said Northampton County had an unallocated balance of $732,985 of Lottery funds and $219,240 in ADM funds.

“The funds are in place,” asked Commissioner Robert Carter.

“Yes sir, as a matter of fact these funds are in place and have been allocated by the General Assembly to Northampton County Schools,” said Jenkins.

Commission Chair James Hester asked about a variance on the commissioners’ letter said $905,100 when the total amount Northampton County Schools was asking for was $930,000 out of ADM and lottery funds.

“ADM funds, I believe have a three to one match,” said Jenkins, who then referred to Holloway.

“That is correct,” said Holloway. “The other portion of that after to complete the match will come from our fund balance and capital outlay and that’s the $420,600.”

Carter offered a motion to approve the draw down of funds to replace the roofs of the two schools of $905,100. Hester offered a second and the motion passed without objection.