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School Board votes to move on Asbury renovation

 

ELIZABETH HEFFNER

Staff Writer

 

Lincoln County’s Board of Education voted to move forward with renovations to Asbury Alternative School and honored two local schools for their literary accomplishments at the board’s monthly meeting Tuesday night.

Board of Education members unanimously voted to approve the use of R.J. Leeper Construction, LLC for the Asbury Alternative School project, and that the contract for the project would not exceed $2.3 million.

The allotted amount would cover the contract with R.J. Leeper Construction as well as the survey, topographical needs and furnishings for the building.

Rock Springs Elementary was recognized as the 2014 Elementary School Battle of the Books district winner.

Superintendent Dr. Sherry Hoyle and Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum Dr. Elaine Boysworth presented the team members with their awards.

“The opportunities that I’ve had to attend all of the Battle of the Books events has shown me that the event involves a lot of reading and some healthy competition,” Hoyle said. “That’s one of my favorite events, as I love to read.”

According to Dr. Boysworth, this was the eighth annual competition for elementary schools, held on March 19.

“The purpose of this event is to promote the love of reading and the familiarity of the best literature available,” Boysworth said.

The Rock Springs Elementary Battle of the Books Team will go on to compete in the 2014 Regional Battle of the Books competition on April 23 in Monroe.

Lincoln County Schools held the 12th annual competition for the county’s middle schools on Feb. 28.

“The purpose of the middle school competition is to promote the love of reading, but also to examine the different literary styles and genres available,” Boysworth said.

North Lincoln Middle School was honored as the 2014 Middle School Battle of the Books district winner. The team competed March 8 at the regional level, placing fourth overall.

Board members also recognized North Lincoln Middle School’s guidance counselor, Daniel Donnellan.

Dennellan is the recipient of the regional Middle School Association Support Person to Watch.

“He was chosen for his outstanding performance in the areas of contribution to both the students and the school system, effectiveness, leadership, innovative projects, communication with school faculty, staff and students,” Boysworth said.

“He is also the sponsor of the North Lincoln Middle School Friends of Rachel’s Club.”

Board members unanimously approved the Curriculum Committee’s recommendation to approve the addition of Aerospace Science VI to the course offerings for the Lincolnton High School JROTC program for the 2014-2015 school year.

The course will require students to be rising seniors with a grade of ‘93’ or higher in Aerospace Science V and Senior Aerospace Science Instructor Approval. The Board of Education also unanimously approved the recommendation to approve mClass Reading 3D, including the TRC writing component, at a Level P or higher as a local alternative assessment to demonstrate third grade reading proficiency.

Chairman of the Building and Site Committee and Board of Education member Tony Jenkins recommended the board approve the use of unallocated bond monies to purchase two security cameras for LCST and Union Elementary. The motion was unanimously approved.

The Lincoln County Board of Education will next meet on May 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lincoln County Schools Administration Building.

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