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OXFORD — The Granville County Board of Education on Monday approved an application for the release of state lottery funds to pay off debt toward the Granville Central High School expansion during the 2018-19 fiscal year.

The application, addressed to the Capital Building Fund, asks $539,244.56 be released for the debt payment. The application states that “‘public school buildings’ shall include only facilities for individual schools that are used for instructional and related purposes, and does not include central administration, maintenance, or other facilities.”

According to North Carolina General Statutes, no county is required to provide matching funds, and building funds cannot be used for school technology needs.

In other business, the school board also heard first readings of policy revisions in the areas of academics and human resources. These proposed policy changes include amending testing and assessment so that a final exam counts no more than 20 percent toward a student’s final grade as mandated by the state. Currently, the policy requires that final exams will count 25 percent toward a student’s final grade.

Policies of discretionary admissions and extracurricular activities, such as athletics, was also brought up for a first reading. The amendments would address eligibility toward non-members of North Carolina High School Athletic Association schools, such as Granville Early College and Granville Academy, who admit non-resident students.

The changes will establish a base school for students to participate in athletics at an NCHSAA member school and they will be reported as part of their assigned base school’s average daily membership for athletic purposes.

The Granville County Board of Education’s next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Administrative Building, 101 Delacroix St., Oxford.