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School Board learns of safety adjustments to LHS track project



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Crews working on repairs at the Lincolnton High School track have discovered that, due to safety guidelines, the field will have to be repositioned by as much as six feet.

Superintendent for Business Steve Zickefoose updated the Lincoln County Board of Education on the situation Tuesday night.

Specifically, the safety guidelines stipulate that the distance from the fence to the field must be increased to meet a 15-foot minimum. Currently, one corner of the field is inside that margin, requiring that it be moved between three and six feet toward the home sideline.

However, as the athletic department already planned on recrowning and seeding the field, the repositioning is not expected to have a major impact, Zickefoose said.

Nonetheless, new goal posts will be required as a result, with the school athletic department planning to seek quotes to be brought back before the board.

Zickefoose also reported to the board on necessary change orders for the project, including one to adjust the length of the fence posts for curb installation and to use black vinyl for the fence fabric that will be primarily paid for by the high school’s athletic fund.

Another change order, expected to cost $7,385, involves electrical changes to provide service to the field area, including the scoreboard and 30-second clocks.

Also during Tuesday’s School Board meeting:

Bob Silver, chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee, reported to the board that the committee has discussed during an earlier meeting the necessity of requesting additional funding from the county that was previously cut due to budget constraints. The requested funding would go toward teacher assistant positions for kindergarten and first-grade classrooms, increasing teacher supplementals, technology and adjustments to mandated and fixed costs.

Board members discussed the next steps for hiring a permanent attorney, with a 10-applicant list narrowed down to four to be interviewed during an April 29 special-called meeting.

Superintendent Sherry Hoyle noted that, due to the ongoing track repairs at Lincolnton High School, the county’s Special Olympics, scheduled to take place April 26, will be relocated to East Lincoln High School.


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