Board to discuss ownership of dolls
By Lynn R. Parks
The 452-piece doll collection that Anna Dickerson Brewington Peters left to the Bridgeville School District nearly a half century ago could remain in the hands of the district. At its regular workshop meeting next week, the school board will discuss a Bridgeville Historical Society request that the district retain ownership of the dolls.
The collection has been housed in the Bridgeville Historical Society museum since 1979. The historical society, which maintains insurance on the $75,000 collection, recently requested that it be given ownership of the collection. At its meeting Aug. 22, the board agreed to the transfer. But the historical society flip-flopped when the school board asked that any legal fees incurred in the transfer be spilt evenly between the board and the historical society.
"The dolls are state property and there is a lot that goes along with giving them away," said John Shockley of the historical society. "They were talking about legal fees and I said, 'Wait a minute, We don't need to do this. We can keep things the way they are.' "
District superintendent Kevin Carson said that the district does not know how much legal fees would be, or even that there would be any. "We just wanted to make sure that if there are any, they are spilt evenly between the district and the historical society," he said.
The historical society is suggesting that things remain as they are, with the district retaining ownership and the collection staying in the historical society museum.
"There is no animosity between the district and the historical society," Shockley added. "None whatsoever. We want to do everything we can to work with the school district."
Overcrowding to be discussed
Also during the workshop meeting, which will take place at Woodbridge Elementary School in Greenwood, board members will discuss overcrowding at the elementary school. The school houses grades one through eight and has an enrollment of 1,000. "It can hold between 850 and 875 comfortably," said Carson.
Suggestions to relieve overcrowding for next year include moving the first grade to the Early Childhood Education Center in Bridgeville and the sixth grade to the middle school, also in Bridgeville.
"This is not just a matter of classrooms," said Carson. "I can get modular classrooms. But we have the cafeteria, the gymnasium, the library; all the common areas that are jammed up now."
Elementary school staff members will make a presentation about their school. The workshop is open to the public and will be followed by an executive session.