Lincoln County’s Board of Education honored community members and discussed the progress made on several school construction developments at its meeting Tuesday night.
The East Lincoln High School girls cross-country team received recognition during Tuesday’s meeting. The team won the NCHSAA 2A Girls State Championship for cross-country in Kernersville on Nov. 2, dethroning the four-time defending champions from Carrboro. Members of the cross country team include: Frances Massey, Maggie Foley, Meagan Rowles, Madision Rowles, Elizabeth Sisk, Shelbee Knopf, Tori Horne, Caitlin Mason, Kristie Henderson, Erika Henderson, Rebekah Dellinger, Mallory Wylie and Cassidy Farar. The team’s coaches are Melvin Morrison and Jill Farar.
Three Lincoln County teachers were honored after attaining their National Board Certification. The Board of Education honored Kristen Hull of Norris S. Childers Elementary, Caroline Cason of West Lincoln Middle School and Adam Benoit of Lincolnton High School. According to Superintendent Dr. Sherry Hoyle, the certification process consists of an extensive portfolio along with a content knowledge test specific to their area of instruction. In attaining this certification, Hull, Cason and Benoit will each receive a 12 percent salary increase.
North Lincoln High School Music and Band Director Neil Underwood also received recognition during last night’s meeting. Underwood was selected as one of 50 individuals from across the nation to be featured in the School Band and Orchestra magazine, which recognizes 50 directors who make are found to have made a difference in the lives of students and their perspective on the critical elements that lead to a successful career in education. Hoyle presented the award, stating that Underwood was “truly a master teacher, always going above and beyond the call of duty.”
Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Dr. Matthew Stover updated the board on several school construction projects. At East Lincoln High School, the maintenance department has begun the process of installing a new school sign. According to Stover, the roof repair project at G.E. Massey Elementary School is more than 50 percent complete. He attributed the rainy weather to the delay. At North Lincoln High School, the HVAC system for the field house is nearing completion, and the renovation for the school’s weight room began Monday, Jan. 6. The access control equipment for identification cards has arrived and has been installed at all middle and high school. Student ID badges are currently being created, and the system set-up is being finalized.
All policies under consideration for the Jan. 14 school board meeting were approved. Board members decided that Policy 5220 regarding Collections and Solicitations will stand open for the next 25 days.
Members of the School Board will meet again Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. with the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners for a joint session.