High School Issue Again A Topic; No Decision On Vote

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 23, 2013

By Mike Barnhardt
Enterprise Record

Davie County commissioners were under more pressure Monday night to put a referendum on the ballot in November to build a replacement for Davie High School.
The issue didn’t even make it past the adoption of the agenda – as it wasn’t included in the board’s original agenda published late last week.
After that agenda was published, County Manager Beth Dirks on Friday sent Dr. Darrin Hartness a list of questions about the issue. After Monday night’s county commission meeting, she said the questions had come from some of  the commissioners – she was passing them along.
Commissioner Terry Renegar made two motions at the beginning Monday night – one to allow Hartness time to answer those questions – and the other to allow more than the 20 minutes allotted for public comment.
The amendment for more time failed on a 3-2 vote – with chair Robert Wisecarver, Carl Humphrey and Mark Jones voting against it, and Richard Poindexter joining Renegar in favor. The amendment to allow Hartness to answer the question passed 3-2, with Jones joining Renegar  and Poindexter.
Hartness was to the point with his answers, saying many of the questions had already been answered and at one time, asked who had asked the question about cost per square foot. That question indicated other high schools across the state were built at a significantly higher per square foot cost.
Humphrey said he had asked the question. Hartness asked him his source. Humphrey replied: “It doesn’t matter …