County OKs request for Bladen County Schools’ capital outlay project spending

By: W. Curt Vincent - Bladen Journal

ELIZABETHTOWN — In the blink of an eye, the Bladen County Board of Commissioners gave its unanimous approval to a request from Bladen County Schools to spend $392,780.89 on capital outlay projects.

Sharon Penny, financial officer for Bladen County Schools, said the money comes from the one-half-cent sales tax collected and must have county approval before it can be spent.

Penny gave the commissioners a list of 43projects ranging in cost from $222.67 for an office chair at Clarkton School of Discovery to $53,829.36 for 267 Lenovo Chromebooks and Google Education Management Technology.

The top five expenditures are:

— $53,829.36 for the Chromebooks and Google technology.

— $52,000 for Heating and air-conditioning upgrades at Clarkton School of Discovery and Elizabethtown Primary.

— $35,430 for two John Deere mowers at East Bladen and West Bladen.

— $26,431.96 for French drain around the band room at east Bladen.

— $25,912 for a 2016 Ford F-150 two-wheel drive Supercab truck for the maintenance department.

There was no discussion by the commissioners, who approved the request unanimously.

W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163 or by email at

W. Curt Vincent

Bladen Journal