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Lincoln middle schools try harder

Congratulations to Lincoln County middle schools for winning three separate regional awards: Team of the Year, Teacher of the Year and Superintendent of the Year. This is a widespread competition that includes Mecklenburg, Gaston, Cleveland and Cabarrus counties. Superintendent Jim Watson’s selection was applauded by our school board when the awards were announced last week. 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.
Judi Ollach and Lori Reynolds won the 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.
The recognition goes to individuals who demonstrate commitment and leadership in supporting the middle school model.
Lincoln County lacks the resources of Mecklenburg County and many other counties in the state. We often fall into “rural” classifications and have to work hard at teacher recruitment. That’s why this recognition is so special. Our school officials, our teachers and our students try harder, and it shows.by Albert Dozier

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