The Maxton Board of Commissioners wants to increase awareness of the adult basic education and GED programs offered in the community.
Maxton leasders have asked Robeson Community College to do more to increase its “exposure” in the town.
Terry Jackson, the transition coordinator for RCC’s College and Career Readiness Department, told the commissioners this week that there are only three students using the college’s programs at the Maxton Learning Academy. He said that the programs are offered to those ages 16 and older who want to further their education.
“Students are not aware of the opportunities that are available,” Jackson said. “Community leaders are needed to encourage students to further their education.”
Mayor Sallie McLean suggested that Jackson prepare a letter that can be distributed to churches and other civic organizations outlining the available programs.
“There’s a lot of young people who would use these programs if they know they are available,” she said. “I think they will participate in the programs if they know they are available.”
Jackson emphasized that the programs are free as well as transportation.
In other business:
— Maxton Police Chief Tammy Deese told the board that her department now has 10 new bulletproof vests for its officers that were paid for in part with a grant from the League of Municipalities.
— Deese reported that the town’s next Community Watch will meet at 6 p.m. Jan. 8 at the town’s courthouse.
— The board unanimously approved a conditional-use permit request from the Rev. Gregory Thompson of Judah International Ministries that he needs to build a new sanctuary on property on West Martin Luther King Jr. in a Highway
— A conditional-use permit request was unanimously approved for Earl and Terry McLean to open and operate an administrative office on East Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in a residential district.