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School Board to interview four attorney candidates



Staff Writer



The Lincoln County Board of Education will meet in a special-called session Monday evening to conduct interviews as part of its search for a new attorney.

As the Times-News previously reported, School Board members said at their April 9 regular meeting that a list of 10 applicants for the position would be narrowed down to four, with those remaining to then be interviewed by the entire board.

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.

Earlier discussions by Board of Education members seemed to indicate their desire to find a permanent replacement with expertise in education law, though they also stated that they were open to working with multiple attorneys for various areas of counsel.

A previously discussed timeline for the search process would see a decision made in May and the new attorney on board by July 1.

Also during Monday’s meeting, board members are expected to finalize and approve their local budget request to the county’s Board of Commissioners for the next fiscal year.

Bob Silver, chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee, has discussed during earlier meetings 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.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the board office on North Generals Boulevard in Lincolnton and is open to the public.

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