Beaufort County Board of Education clash over school changes

WASHINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Education board members and a county commissioner clashed this afternoon in Beaufort County.

Commissioner Hood Richardson asked the board to redistrict the county instead of putting more tax dollars to repair what he called “An overcrowded school.”

Board leaders said it’s not that simple. They said the priorities should be repairing certain schools and classrooms.

Superintendent Don Phipps also told 9 On Your Side the county wants $300,000 in funding to increase security.

“One of the big items in capital for us is safety and security on school campuses in our buildings to make sure that students and family members and faculty members at schools are safe,” said Superintendent Phipps.

The board will send a completed budget request to the county manager by May 15.

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