At that meeting, four school board members indicated support for spending, at a maximum, $105 million.
"We're pretty pleased" with it, Stopinski said. "They feel like having that presence in the building makes a difference for them".
"I'm very passionate about class sizes", Edwards said.
"We forwarded that to your district legal counsel for review, and so we think that based upon that, we felt that it was OK to award the contract to the lowest bidder", Buehrer said.
"We need time to find the correct candidates", Spradley explained after the meeting.
School staff are expected to present the budget to the Moore County Board of Commissioners on May 1. North Carolina uses local school systems' overall enrollment to calculate the number of teachers it will fund for each district.
After the board was updated on the new school's progression, the board voted to approve a change order for flooring, an approximately $6,000 decrease from the original order, Stewart said.
Akin became Huntsville City Schools Superintendent in March of 2017.
Teed said Baker will remain open during the coming school year, but board President Allyson Arber reminded the board that many residents have called for closing Baker and sending students to other districts as a money-saving option. The elementary school was also one of 24 schools in the state to get the High Achieving honor, and both schools were two of 87 schools to be honored with Beating the Odds.
Superintendent Christopher Marchese reiterated his concerns about a plan that would reduce the square footage per student too much because it would make the building too tight. "They're not going to be working during the school day, they'll be in the evening".
The board approved purchasing the property for $195,000, plus any additional costs that may arise during the sale process.
Local real estate tax revenue needed to cover the school budget increase will rise almost $262,000, from $8.72 million to $8.98 million.
Home and business owners will pay 3 percent more in education costs in fiscal 2019, the highest tax-burden increase in five years.
"The longer you've been on the board, the better grasp you have of what's going on in terms of the diminishment and ultimately the destruction of public education", Roy said, "and the more knowledge you have to fight back".
Other board members did not return messages left by the Herald on Monday seeking comment for this story.
Although the details for the sponsor signage is still being finalized, the Grand View Health sign at the stadium entrances will probably be similar to its sign at the Pennridge High School stadium, which GVH also sponsors, Stone said.
But the motion carried to rescind the vote, and Pittman said it was "the will of the board".