Brunswick school board to decide day treatment site location

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BrunswickCSThe location of a planned day treatment center for Brunswick County elementary students with mental health issues could be determined Tuesday.

On the agenda for the board of education’s regular monthly meeting Tuesday is a decision on where in the district the facility–which will pair educators with psychologists within the classroom–will go.

Last month, assistant superintendent Dr. Deanne Meadows recommended placing the program in a mostly unused wing of Bolivia Elementary School, at a cost of approximately $24,000 for some upgrades and renovations. The initiative is aimed at serving students who are diagnosed with a mental health issue and have recurring behavioral problems in the classroom.

But after hearing concerns from parents of students at Bolivia, board members held off on approval to hear more options.

Those options include housing it in a separate building at Bolivia Elementary–which would cost nearly $48,500 in additional classroom and bathroom construction–and leasing modular units on Town Creek Elementary’s campus, an expense that would total $345,000 over two years.

Board members could also give the go-ahead to a day treatment site in a wing of Brunswick County Academy, the district’s alternative middle and high school. The cost to renovate there would reach $112,000, including building a separate entrance for the elementary students.

Another question remaining is how much it will cost to bus the identified students. It could run anywhere from $108,000 to $375,000 for transportation, depending on whether the children are taken to their home school first and then the facility or dropped off directly at the day treatment site.

Tuesday’s meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the David R. Sandifer Building at the Brunswick County Government Center.

New Hanover school board meetings

The New Hanover County Board of Education holds its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the New Hanover County Board of Education Center, 1805 S. 13th St.

Ahead of the meeting, the board’s policy committee will meet at 4 p.m., followed by a closed session meeting at 5 p.m.

Hilary Snow is a reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6341 or hilary.s@hometownwilmington.com.