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School Board devotes meeting to saluting students

AMANDA SEBASTIANO
Staff Writer

Recognizing Lincoln County students’ achievements filled the majority of time at Wednesday night’s Board of Education meeting. Youth from across the county were recognized for awards, scholarships and other merit-worthy accomplishments:
West Lincoln and Lincolnton High Future Business Leaders of America students who placed in the top 10 or better at state competition were recognized.
North Lincoln DECA students were awarded for winnings at the state competition and community service activities, such as the Black Out Child Abuse project.
Two girl scouts, Brooke Bennes and Jennifer Sell, both seniors at NLHS, received this year’s Gold Award – the highest award to be earned in girl scouting, and were recognized by the board.
LHS senior Zachary Fitzgerald was congratulated on his Parks Scholarship – an award designed for those attending N.C. State University.
Bella Smith and Sarah Bivens of LHS were awarded for their Global Messenger training in March for the Special Olympics Project Unify program.
LHS’ Air Force JROTC group was applauded for its receipt of the Distinguished Unit Award.
Rock Springs Elementary was congratulated for their selection as a UNC-Charlotte Professional Development School, which gave the school a $3,000 grant.
The verdict on the 2012-2013 fiscal year budget is still pending, but the $158,000 estimate for health and retirement benefits was presented to commissioners on Monday.
Executive Director of Facilities Darryl Gettys is in Raleigh for training, but Lee O’Neal, director of Instructional Technology & Media Services for county schools, presented his PowerPoint to the group on his behalf. In the presentation, he mentioned the Fire Marshal having to change plans to add more fire line to an Iron Station Elementary project currently in the works– perhaps a costly addition that had board members uneasy.
“This is the third school that the fire marshal has had to make changes to,” said Board member Tommy Houser. “If he can’t read the (original) plans, we need to get someone who can.”
A building and site meeting was announced for 6 p.m., May 21, at the School Board office, and if the Budget and Finance Committee meeting is still necessary then it will follow.

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