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Robeson County School Board looks at plan to build $25 million district office

The Robeson County Board of Commissioners and Robeson County School Board met Monday night to discuss the needs of the school district. (Rosalia Fodera)

The Robeson County School District is still looking to build a new district office after Hurricane Matthew badly damaged its building.

The Robeson County Board of Commissioners and Robeson County School Board met Monday night to discuss the needs of the school district and what help they may need from the county.

The school board presented an option that would cost $25 million dollars for a new district office and $30 million dollars to fix school buildings.

The school board is looking at land near Deep Branch Road to build the new district office.

Right now the school district is operating out of the Angel Exchange building.

The owner of the business Bobbie Ghaffer says she is willing to sell the district the building for $6 million.

School Board Chairman Peggy Wilkins Chavis said the board is looking at all options. “We need money and funds to try and help us get back to a new normal,” Chavis said. “We will just have to bring it before the board and discuss what will be the best way.”

Ghaffer says she wants to save the board money. “Compared to asking the county to buy additional land for them two miles from my facility at a cost of $25 million for central office, when they have other needs,” Ghaffer said.

The school board did not give a timeline for when they would make a decision.

They tell us they are waiting to see how much money they will receive in FEMA aid.

The county board of commissioners asked the board for their plan for each building.

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