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School bond up for vote on Tuesday

Lincoln County residents can cast their vote on the $47 million bond referendum on Tuesday.
If the bond passes, two new schools would be built and several other schools would receive renovations and additions.
“What we’re hoping to do, may not eliminate all the problems in our school system, but it sure will be a good start,” said Tony Jenkins, a member of the Board of Education.
School officials urge people to go out and vote. Signs across the county created by the Lincoln County Citizens Committee encourage people to vote yes.
“I’m optimistic that the school system is viewed favorably in the community,” said Superintendent Jim Watson.
All polls throughout the county open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Residents who wish to vote early can vote at the Board of Elections office in downtown Lincolnton on the second floor of the James W. Warren Citizens Center.
Those offices will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday.
Of the $47 million, $8,741,00 would go towards building a new elementary school in west Lincoln County to help relieve overcrowding at Union Elementary and North Brook Elementary schools.
A new middle school would be built in central Lincoln County for $13,553,500.
This school would relieve overcrowding at Lincolnton Middle School and all centrally located elementary schools.
All elementary schools would serve grades pre-K through third. Fourth-graders and-fifth-graders would attend Lincolnton Middle School’s old building, which would become an intermediary school.
Lincolnton High School, East Lincoln High School and West Lincoln High School would all receive additions.
The schools would each have a new gym and cultural wing. These additions would put off the need to build a fifth high school in the county.
They would also make scheduling of sports games and practices easier and provide more space for band and chorus programs.
The rest of the $47 million would go to repairs and renovations.

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