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Middle school site selected

Board OKs purchase of Startown Road property

The new Lincolnton middle school has found a home a few miles outside of the city limits.
“We’re just glad to get it started, and I think we’ve got a fine piece of property that I think the citizens will be proud of,” said Tommy Houser, a member of the Board of Education.
The board approved purchase of the property at their July meeting held on Wednesday night.
The new school will be located on a 57-acre tract of land on the intersection of Startown Road and Waters Road.
Before approving the purchase of the land, county officials had it tested.
“The site is a very good site that has good laying land, not a great deal of contour changes,” said Superintendent Jim Watson. “The property is clean. It has no environmental issues.”
The property’s soil was tested, and the land was drilled for rocks.
The chosen site has no wetlands on it. The board was pleased to hear this after dealing with environmental legislation surrounding wetlands at North Lincoln High School.
The Board of Education had also considered another track of land, but the property had a 20 foot gully that made it undesirable.
“You never know what people have dumped,” said Jean Dellinger, chairman of the Board of Education.
Pinnacle Architecture, the architects for the new middle school, recommended the Startown Road property.
During the closed session board members asked many questions about the property, and the final vote in favor of purchasing the land was unanimous.
“It’s an excellent piece of property,” said Houser. “We’re just tickled to death with it.”
The cost of the property will not be reported to the public until the deed is executed.
The project will be bid in late September or early October after the sale of $17 million in bonds.
“Once the bids are accepted, site work can begin,” said Watson.
The following issues were also covered at the Board of Education meeting:
· Heather Myers, Lincoln County’s Teacher of the Year, Ted Shiver, Lincoln County’s Assistant Principal of the Year, and Rick Freeman, Lincoln County’s Principal of the Year were all awarded laptop computers.
The winners can keep their computers for as long as they work in the school system.
Myers has also received a car, which can use for one full year, from Griffin Buick Pontiac, managed by Buddy Stasney.
· Lyle Back, coordinator of community schools and special projects, will serve for two years on the North Carolina School Public Relations Association Board.

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