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School Board to vote on repairs to track



Staff Writer


Lincoln County Board of Education members are set to take action at their meeting Wednesday night to revamp the Lincolnton and West Lincoln high schools’ track fields, in lieu of a majority vote at a Building and Site Committee meeting last month.

Board member Clayton Mullis cast the sole dissenting vote during the committee session, citing concerns about costs. The rest of the group was in favor. The motion will be presented at the meeting for approval.

The track is estimated to cost around $300,000 for the total renovations of the field at LHS, Executive Director of Facilities for Lincoln County Schools Darrell Gettys reported, which Mullis believes is too high of a cost for the project when other educational needs are present in the county, he said.

Currently, LHS is unable to host meets due to poor track conditions. Students are being bused to other locations, costing extra dollars for transportation and forcing the school to lose out on revenue for hosting home events, which had board member Bob Silver concerned.

Lincolnton students should have the same option available to them that other schools in the area have, Silver told fellow committee members in July.

LHS is also the central site for the Lincoln County Special Olympics, which would have to be moved to a new location if the track doesn’t get repaired by the spring, LHS Principal Tony Worley said. The cracks can be hazardous to the runners, Worley worries, and is unfit for competitions.

Other items to be discussed Wednesday:

  • An update will be presented on Federal Child Nutrition Guidelines.
  • The School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) annual report will be discussed.
  • Gettys will review on-going county school construction projects.
  • An update on the summer YMCA reading program, Y-Readers, will be discussed. This is the first year the national program has been in the county.

The School Board will meet at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, at its office, 353 N. Generals Blvd. in Lincolnton, and is open to the public.

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