Lincoln County’s Board of Education voted on Tuesday to begin contract negotiations with R.J. Leeper Construction, of Charlotte, for projects at Asbury Alternative and the East Lincoln High School field house.
The board previously heard presentations from four contractors regarding the projects, and members were then required by statute to rank their choices.
Negotiations with R.J. Leeper could begin as early as today. Should negotiations with the company break down, the board can move to its second choice, Hickory Construction Company, of Hickory, or its third choice, G.L. Wilson Building Company of Statesville, if necessary.
Several members of the board expressed their desire that the negotiations be conducted quickly and that work on the project begins as soon as possible.
In other Board of Education action:
Superintendent Dr. Sherry Hoyle announced that the Lincoln County Schools system received the 2013 Spirit of North Carolina Award for Campaign Excellence from the United Way of North Carolina. Documents provided at the meeting said “the award provides statewide recognition for companies and organizations who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and support to their community through local United Way involvement” and are “judged on a variety of criteria…including leadership giving, volunteerism, employee participation and giving levels, year-round education, corporate support, incentive programs and campaign rallies.” The school system was one of 39 winners.
The board approved the calendar for the 2014-2015 school year. The calendar set possible makeup days for inclement weather on Jan. 2, Jan. 20 and Feb. 16 or Saturdays in January, February and March. Hoyle said the board would explore the possibility of adding time to the end of regular school days to also make up for time missed due to weather.
The board denied a request from the Denver Nuggets Basketball Organization to waive a portion the fees charged to groups wishing to rent school facilities. Assistant Superintendent for Business Steve Zickefoose presented the application, and estimated the total fees for the group’s requested usage of East Lincoln High School’s facilities at $17,480. Denver Nuggets requested to pay $2,000 and waive $15,480 worth of fees.
The board recognized Lincoln County wrestlers that participated in the 2014 state championship tournament — Mack George, First Place (West Lincoln), Moses Boyter, Third Place (East Lincoln). Qualifiers — Jake Clary (West Lincoln), Robbie Hallman (West Lincoln), Andreas Gonzalez (West Lincoln).
The board recognized Lincolnton High School U.S. History teacher Bob Cowie for being named the Veterans of Foreign Wars regional teacher of the year.
The board approved two policy items related to collections and solicitations on school grounds.
The Board of Education will hold its next meeting on April 8.