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School Board to decide which districts will be on this year’s ballot

Staff Writer

After unanimously approving a new set of election districts at December’s meeting, following months of contention, the Lincoln County Board of Education has to decide which of the new districts will be up for election this year.
Karen Drum, clerk to the board, told the Times-News Tuesday that she believes that discussion will take place tonight. The proposed agenda for the meeting includes redistricting under the list of action items.
As previously reported, the terms of board members last elected in 2008 will be ending, including at-large member Kelly Childers, North Brook Township member Tommy Houser, Lincolnton Inside-City-Limits member Ed Hatley and Ironton Township member George Dellinger.
It remains unclear whether these members will be able to match up with one of the new districts or the at-large seat set to be up in 2012 in order to run for new terms on the board.
As a majority on the seven-member board, they could choose to force elections this year in the districts in which members elected in 2010 reside, which would push those members to run for re-election two years early or be reduced to lame-duck status.
Also on the agenda for tonight’s meeting, the board will take action on the Policy Committee recommendations and report, the Building and Site Committee recommendations and report, student transfers and the superintendent’s evaluation.
The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the district’s offices on North Generals Boulevard in Lincolnton.

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