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School board moves ahead with attorney search

 

SARAH LOWERY

Staff Writer

 

The Lincoln County Board of Education will further its discussion on finding a permanent replacement to provide counsel for the group during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night.

As the Times-News previously reported, board members approved during a recent meeting a request for proposals to fill the position of board attorney, with bids to have been returned by March 29, interviews to be conducted in April, a decision made in May and the new attorney on board to begin by July 1.

The move came after previous School Board Attorney David Black submitted his letter of resignation after nearly 12 years of service in December, with his contract not due to be up until June 2015.

Dean Shatley of Asheville-based Campbell Shatley has been filling in in the interim.

School Board members, when seeking revisions to their proposed policy for recruiting the new attorney, had previously discussed the significant expense incurred by the board under the tenure of the former attorney because he was not a specialist in education law, an area in which members agreed they would seek a person with expertise, according to earlier Times-News reports.

However, they stated that they were also open to working with multiple attorneys for various areas of counsel and worded the recruitment policy accordingly.

Also during Tuesday’s meeting, the Board of Education is expected to hear a report on two change orders for the Lincolnton High School track repairs, a project that also includes upgrades to the stadium’s field house and scoreboard.

Other items on the School Board’s meeting agenda include:

  • The board is expected to take action on some school renovations and other projects.
  • The board will hear various reports, including one from the Budget and Finance Committee, one regarding a fixed asset disposition, another on school facility requests and school-sponsored sales and a construction and facilities update.

A closed session will be conducted.

The Lincoln County Board of Education meets 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the board office on North Generals Boulevard in Lincolnton. Those interested in viewing the packet for the meeting will be able to do so the same day at www.lincoln.k12.nc.us.

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