On Thursday, State Rep. Michael Wray (D-27) presented Halifax County Schools with a check for $39,083,000 to go toward rebuilding Eastman. The new Eastman pre-kindergarten through eight school will serve the side of Halifax County Schools.

According to a press release from HCS, a new school will allow each student access to a full continuum of services, increasing academic and social outcomes and community engagement. Wray represents the 27th district serving Halifax and Northampton counties.

“This is a situation where the community is in dire need of a new school for the children who reside in this part of the county,” Wray said. “It will transform into the 21st century with technology and additional resources that will greatly benefit the students of Halifax County Schools.”

Commissioner Carolyn Johnson said, “This is phenomenal for this community. When Dr. Cunningham and his team made their presentation concerning the application, we knew that this was a good application. We knew it was an application worthy of funding, so it was no surprise that Halifax County Schools received the NC Public Schools Needs Based Grant. The leadership there is phenomenal, and we look forward to greater and better things.”

Superintendent Eric Cunningham expressed his gratitude to Wray for his support of Halifax County Schools.

“The additional funding presented by Representative Wray will allow us to continue to make a tremendous difference in our students, staff, families and community,” Cunningham said.

Board Chair Tyus Few said, “It is a blessing for this community because schools are the heart of a community. It is outstanding that they are going to receive this gift. We pray they continue to support Halifax County Schools and all we are trying to do for the children.”

Vice Chair Joyce Lashley said, “I am thankful to have the opportunity to be a part of this. We thank Representative Wray for working with the General Assembly to get this funded for us. We are appreciative, and we are looking for great things to come from this area.”

— Special to The Herald

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