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New Schools particulars discussed at board meeting

The framework for the new elementary and middle schools was put into motion Wednesday night at the monthly board of education meeting.
The colors have been chosen for the new elementary and middle schools. Also, a date and location has been set for deciding the names of both schools.
“We want to get the community involved,” said Dr. Jim Watson, Superintendent of Schools.
The new middle school colors will be black, gold and burgundy.
“I prefer the burgundy, but I did compromise because it was my understanding that the gold and black would not be the predominant colors,” said Jean Dellinger, board member.
Which colors will be dominant has yet to be decided.
The new elementary school colors will be shades of blue, green and neutrals.
In addition to the color plans for the new schools, the board also made plans for a date, time and location for the discussion for naming the new elementary, middle and intermediate school.
The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on May at the Lincolnton High School cafeteria commons area.
The board chose the site because of its neutrality and its size, to accommodate many people.
Though the names will not be chosen at the hearing, those wishing to provide input must sign up to speak. Each individual will be given three minutes.
Construction is now underway for the two new schools; renovations and additions to the three older high schools are also in progress.
Each high school will be receiving new gymnasiums and cultural arts wings. The high schools will also be refurbished and painted.
The new expansions will increase capacity at each high school by at least 150 students and ease the burden of Lincoln County’s growing population.
It is hoped the renovations will mitigate the for construction of a new high school in the near future.
Construction will take place primarily in the summer months.
Officials hope that the work will not interfere with the summer programs going on at the schools.
Funding for the repairs and renovations comes from last year’s $47 million bond referendum.
Though the expansions will help cover Lincoln County’s growth, overpopulation is still a problem, according to Watson.
Pumpkin Center middle and elementary schools will be adding two additional mobile units this coming year.
The following issues were also covered at Wednesday’s board meeting:
· Maddie Caldwell, a sixth grade student at Lincolnton Middle School, won first place in the Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District Essay Contest. Maddie won second place in the Area VIII competition.
· The West Lincoln High School received their JROTC annual review.
by Mary Williams

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