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ONLY ON 3 UPDATE: In the midst of a budget crisis, New Hanover Co. School Board renting hotel meeting rooms

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) - In a news release sent out earlier this week (see below), the New Hanover County Board of Education announced it would be having four specially called closed meetings over the next few weeks. But instead of having them in their building, they're happening at the Downtown Hilton.

Board Chair Ed Higgins confirmed today the school board is paying $200 each meeting to rent the rooms. A school spokeswoman says the North Carolina School Board Associated, which is helping with the superintendent search, recommended having the meetings at the hotel instead of one of the board's own buildings to help protect the identities of the applicants. That's on top of transportation, lodging and meal expenses.

New Hanover County is facing a $11 - 14 million shortfall and the school board is having to make cuts to help make ends meet.

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The New Hanover County Board of Education will meet in a specially called meeting on Friday, June 25, 2010, beginning at 8:30 am at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside, 301 North Water Street, Wilmington. The only item on the agenda will be a closed session for confidential personnel matters pursuant to G.S. 143-318.11(a)(6) and G.S. 115C-319. The board will convene the meeting in the lobby of the hotel and then proceed to another location in the hotel to hold the closed session.

The New Hanover County Board of Education will also meet in a specially called meeting on Wednesday, June 30, 2010, beginning at 8:40 am at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside, 301 North Water Street, Wilmington. The only item on the agenda will be a closed session for confidential personnel matters pursuant to G.S. 143-318.11(a)(6) and G.S. 115C-319. The board will convene the meeting in the lobby of the hotel and then proceed to another location in the hotel to hold the closed session.

The New Hanover County Board of Education will also meet in a specially called meeting on Friday July 2, 2010, beginning at 8:40 am at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside, 301 North Water Street, Wilmington. The only item on the agenda will be a closed session for confidential personnel matters pursuant to G.S. 143-318.11(a)(6) and G.S. 115C-319. The board will convene the meeting in the lobby of the hotel and then proceed to another location in the hotel to hold the closed session.

The New Hanover County Board of Education will also meet in a specially called meeting on Friday July 9, 2010, beginning at 12:40 pm at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside, 301 North Water Street, Wilmington. The only item on the agenda will be a closed session for confidential personnel matters pursuant to G.S. 143-318.11(a)(6) and G.S. 115C-319. The board will convene the meeting in the lobby of the hotel and then proceed to another location in the hotel to hold the closed session.

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Great, add this too the list

Well, at least they have the decency to hold this off premises. Could be like 'Muffy & Buffy' the hookers that visit the "brick house" during lunch for a third floor visit.

And there are a lot of NHCS employees that know what I'm talking about. Hookers have even gotten visitors badges with photos at the main desk when they visit.

Interesting... I would like

Interesting... I would like to hear more about this - names, places, etc.

School board

I don't know if any of the board of education members are up for re-election or not. What I suggest is if you are angry at this situation, send an email to each board member vowing to vote against them if they participate in or support this meeting at a hotel, and let them know you will encourage friends and family to do so as well, and then stick to it!!
I see teachers every day buying supplies out of their own pockets while they struggle to make ends meet themselves.
Some of these board members are "career" members like the Washington politicians who have become complacent and comfortable with the status quo.

Ridiculous!

This is ridiculous! If they want closed door meetings off site, fine, but rent a room at Motel 6 or Ramada Inn for 1/2 the cost. Hearing things like this really irritates the heck out of me.

When on a tight budget, you make cut backs!!!

I'm so sick of hearing about all of the money that is still being wasted. I'm on a tight budget....I make changes to reflect that. I used to set my thermostat on a modest 78.....this summer it's on 83 during the day and 81 at night. I don't like it, but sometimes you just have to do what you have to do to make ends meet! Sacrifice people! So what if someone finds out who you're interviewing??? I just hope whoever is chosen for the position is smarter than these idiots!

big picture

The real issue is the top heavy administration at NHCS. Cut 3 administrators and save 9 teachers, don't lose sight of the real issues.I have served through several national searches for public institutions and this is the protocol to insure finalist confidentiality and is minimal to the total bill 15,000 for the search. Everyone could pay $50 a year more as a school tax and the school system might achieve incredible heights.

school board

Wow, there are teachers who are out of jobs because of the hiring freeze, overcrowded schools in our county and certain schools that haven't been remodeled in over 50 years...but we get to pay out more money and let our school board protect the identity of "potential" candidates for the office of the superintendent. When will the madness end?

Enough is enough

How about use this wasteful spending to help create some JOBS!! If all of the wasteful spending in all levels of government was added up, think about how many jobs this could create. I am sick and tired of seeing so many stories about wasteful spending in government when people cannot find a job that meets the bills.

In order for there to be any type of economic recovery in this country, there has to be large-scale job creation which has failed to occur so far. What about the teacher assistants in this county that have been laid off? This wasteful spending is inexcusable!

schoolboard

that sounds like bs to me.in this time of money struggles they can have it at their building. that is what it is there for to conduct county schools business.

It sounds like

typical politics. We have cuts on things we need and waste money on things we don't need. Why do the identities of the applicants need to be guarded? Are they in the witness protection program or something?

All Agenda Iteems are Confidential

Hmmm... Looks like our friends at the school board have something to hide. All four meetings are closed sessions for 'confidential personnel matters"

Cry Wolf

Well I wonder why they are out of money and can fund this or that. because the money is there nobody has really ask them to show the books. It takes money to rent meeting space. It isn't free. I do this for a living with a sales group where I work and it takes money to do this. Ask them to show us the books. Where this money is coming from. Let them hold it in one of the schools that has mold, no air and eat the food, or better yet. Let them take money out of their pockets to buy pens,paper, glue sticks.