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Middle schools sweep awards

Lincoln County middle schools had a lot to brag about at this month’s Board of Education meeting.
The county has won three separate regional titles for middle schools, including Team of the Year, Teacher of the Year and Superintendent of the Year.
Lincoln County competes in a region that has nine other counties, including Mecklenburg, Gaston, Cleveland and Cabbarus.
The board honored Superintendent Jim Watson during their meeting.
“Lincoln County is very proud of you,” said Jean Dellinger, vice chairman of the Board of Education. “We deeply appreciate what you do each day.”
Watson received the award from the North Carolina Middle Schools Association. He expressed his gratitude to the staff of Lincoln County Schools.
“Our job is to support them and give them the resources they need,” Watson said.
The award goes to individuals who demonstrate commitment and leadership in supporting the middle school model.
Elaine Boysworth, director of middle schools, spoke on all the middle school leaders. She had especially kind words for Watson.
“He has a presence in our classroom, and he has an open door policy and open ears for your teachers,” Boysworth said.
Boysworth also complimented Judi Ollach and Lori Reynolds for their regional title of Middle School Team of the Year.
Darin Blalock, an eighth grade math teacher at East Lincoln, has been recognized as the region’s middle school teacher of the year.
Blalock could not attend the presentation because he had a prior commitment with one of the schools’ sports teams.
The Board of Education also discussed the following issues during their March meeting:
Several adjustments were made in the 2003 to 2004 school calendar. The changes will affect teachers, but not students.
April 15 has been changed from a mandatory annual leave to an optional teacher workday.
April 16 was changed from a mandatory annual leave to an optional annual leave day.
Billy Marsh, executive director of Communities in Schools gave an informational report to the board. The organization serves over 300 students through both mentoring and after school programs.
It was reported that the State Bureau of Education denied the school system’s request that Union be forgiven for the day of class they missed due to a water main break.
Steve Zickafoose, assistant superintendent of business affairs, was presented with a certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting. It is the highest recognition in the area of government financial assistance.by Sarah Grano

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