COA donates surplus equipment to early college


By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

Monday, December 25, 2017

The Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Early College received a Christmas gift of sorts from College of The Albemarle — a donation of surplus furniture and equipment.

The early college high school is located on the second floor of Building C on COA’s main campus in Elizabeth City. It is operated by the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools in accordance with a memorandum of understanding with COA.

The tables, chairs and a paper shredder that are being donated to the early college high school were declared surplus by the college, which enabled COA to make the donation. The furniture was used in the college’s library and was deemed inconsistent with the library’s planned decor as it is renovated over the next year.

COA officials said they could not provide an approximate value for the items since they were surplus and had been purchased many years ago.

The donation was approved on a unanimous vote of the COA Board of Trustees earlier this month.

The early college high school has an enrollment of 50 students, but school officials’ goal is to eventually enroll 250. The school’s staff of five consists of the principal, two teachers, a guidance counselor and a bookkeeper/data manager.

The early college high school’s start-up was  funded by a $200,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation. 

The COA library renovation project includes a complete overhaul of 21,000 square feet of space in the two-story building, along with new mechanical, electrical and information technology infrastructure. College officials aim to have the renovation completed by the end of next year.

The contract for the project, budgeted at $3.5 million, has been awarded to A.R. Chesson Construction Co.

NC Connect bond funding is covering $1.8 million of the cost of the library renovation project. The COA Board of Trustees earlier this year approved a plan to use $6.59 million in NC Connect bond funding to build and renovate COA facilities in Elizabeth City and in Currituck and Dare counties.

Under the agreement between COA and the school district, Early College Principal Amy Fyffe and ECPPS administration have authority for day-to-day decisions and policies for the early college, with the understanding that any issues directly affecting COA will involve consultation with the college’s staff.

COA President Robert Wynegar said the early college’s first semester from COA’s perspective has been fairly smooth. Early on there were some difficulties getting students’ Chromebooks to work on the college’s network but the college’s technology staff have addressed the issue, he said.