Columbus County Schools voting on merger soon


COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Talk of merging Columbus County and Whiteville City Schools is one stop closer to reality.

The Columbus County School Board is meeting Monday morning to vote on the merging resolution.

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Back in the Spring of 2015 the schools were asked to provide Columbus County Commissioners with an assessment of which schools need improvements the most.

Whiteville City Schools Superintendent Charles K. Garland said the merger would not save money and would reduce state funding.

“We feel like it would be a significant loss of state dollars coming into a poor economic county such as Columbus County. The merging of two systems we are already 95th in the state out of 100 counties in our per pupil funding,” Garland said.

Whiteville City Schools will also be having a meeting Monday night at 6:30 with anti-merging on the agenda.

The final vote comes down to commissioners.