Local Head Start program could soon be largest in county

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WAGES, the Wayne Action Group for Economic Solvency, has plans to make improvements to several programs it provides at the old Carver School site.

Specifically, the community enhancement federal agency headquartered in Goldsboro, wants to expand its Head Start Program for children, a nutrition program for seniors, and the WIC program, said Mount Olive Town Manager Charles Brown.

The agency’s operations at the Carver Cultural Center are operated out of facilities that the town deeded to them, he added.

It gives them a much better advantage in getting federal grant money if they own the property, Brown said.

They are currently waiting on word of a $1.8 million grant they seek to make improvements at the center and expand, he added.

While Brown says he does not have the details, the agency does have plans to build a new facility there to house their programs with the new expansion.

“If all this materializes it will be a huge asset to the town of Mount Olive and a showplace for the entire area,” the town manager said.

Brown says he feels good about the chances of getting the grant money approved because once they own the property it puts them in a much better position to get it all approved.

Wayne County Schools deeded the historic old school to the town more than a year ago.

Since then, the town has deeded property to WAGES, and has offered another deed for certain buildings to Carver Alumni.

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