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Three file for school board seats

Three candidates have filed to run for the Lincoln County Board of Education.
Filing began at noon on June 7 and will run through noon on July 6.
Four seats on the Board of will be open including Northbrook Township Member, Member at Large, Ironton Township Member and Lincolnton City Limits Member.
Current board member Tommy Houser, 62, has filed for the Northbrook Township.
Jim Jones, 40, has filed for Member at Large. George Smith has filed for Lincolnton City Limits Member.
The Board of Education election will take place on Nov. 2. The term for each position is four years.
Houser has served on the Board of Education for four years and worked as the board chairman for one.
He has chaired the board’s curriculum committee and is now serving as chairman of the board’s policy committee.
Houser believes the Board of Education needs to focus on dealing with the county’s growth and also maintaining high quality teachers.
He also commends the work of the school system’s staff.
“They’re doing a great job,” said Houser. “They believe in high student achievement and given the chance the boys and girls of Lincoln County are responding.”
Jones works as a general contractor, and has children who attend Lincoln County Schools.
“We need to build schools, and I feel with my background in the construction industry, I will be an asset to the board in helping facilitate construction of schools,” said Jones.
Jones is also in favor of changing school districts so all children attend the schools that are closest to them.
George Smith, 63, has filed for Lincolnton City Limits Member.
Smith is a retired businessman with experience in sales and marketing. He has also worked two years as a substitute teacher.
“I’ve always had an interest in Lincoln county Schools and just the education process as a whole,” said Smith.
One of Smith’s main concerns is teacher shortages.
“It’s going to become very, very critical before we realize it,” said Smith. “We have fewer and fewer graduates coming.”
Filing costs all candidates $10.by Sarah Grano

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