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School Board to vote on keeping year at 180 days

 

AMANDA SEBASTIANO

Staff Writer

 

After hearing of no evidence linking more school days to higher student performance, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Matt Stover recommended to the Lincoln County Board of Education Policy committee, that it maintain the 180-day calendar for the 2013-2014 school year.

The School Board will vote on the issue at its meeting Wednesday, in response to recent legislation stating students must receive a minimum of 185 days or 1.025 hours of instruction over a nine-month period. Though area youth are in class five fewer days than the mandate, 1,080 hours of learning is being fulfilled in the county currently, Stover verified.

Starting no earlier than Aug. 26 and no later than June 11, the July mandate will be discussed for action this week. Stover met with principals and the calendar committee to determine whether keeping students extra days would be detrimental to their learning, which he didn’t find to be true.

Along with the calendar option, also up for approval by the board are the School Improvement Plans created by local institutions to strengthen the educational experience for county children.

Last month, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Elaine Boysworth shared a presentation with the Board of Education Curriculum Committee in lieu of the Lincoln County Schools’ Strategic Plan. In response to the LCS guidelines, teachers and administrators from various schools submitted ideas for how to fulfill the five strategic priorities (or goals) that were outlined in the Strategic Plan.

Schools brainstormed ideas from more aggressive anti-bullying practices to orchestrating campus groups that award students who perform well academically. The individual plans shard a variety of similarities, but each vowed to take strides toward meeting personal goals and better educating its youth.

Other items to be discussed:

The floor plan and rendering for Asbury Alternative School’s renovations will be presented to the School Board for approval to move forward in the process.

A science lab, Exceptional Children classroom and a common area for dining are among the additions Executive Director of Facilities Darrell Gettys and his team have been planning upon approval from the board.

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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