Lincoln County’s Board of Education unanimously approved the contract for the Asbury Alternative School project with R.J. Leeper Construction Company during its meeting Tuesday night.
Assistant Superintendent Dr. Matthew Stover presented the update to board members. One of the major changes listed in the contract is the proposed completion date.
“One of the areas that we could not get to was finishing the project around Christmas time, just because everything has gone longer over the past few months,” he said. “It just wasn’t realistic to do that, so we had to push the end date to the first week in April of next year to have permanent occupancy for the building.”
According to Stover, the project is estimated to cost $2,195,321.
“The total estimated cost does not include furniture, because we felt we could do better on our own purchasing furniture,” he said. “Secondly, it does not include infrastructure or technology to the building, so that money will have to come from a different line, to be decided later. We do have reserve built in where it could possibly come from. The third and final thing that is not listed in the total estimated cost is the demolition of the current building we’ve requested to be taken down at the completion of the project.”
The school system has also acquired a new property in Lincolnton. The Board of Education voted to approve the purchase of a property located at 2443 Industrial Park Road for $223,000.
According to Board of Education member Bob Silver, the building will be used for Child Nutrition Services and storage for janitorial supplies.
Board members also unanimously approved a bid regarding structural pest control for the school district. According to Stover, three companies submitted bids for the job, with Bugg Busters offering the lowest bid at $1,615 per month.
In addition, the Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse and Child Advocacy Center’s request for $2,000 for fiscal year 2014 funding was approved. In a letter addressed to Superintendent Dr. Sherry Hoyle, the organization’s executive director, Sherry Reinhardt, explained that 95 percent of the nonprofit’s funding was taken last April, leaving the center unable to continue providing services to child victims in the community. At that time, the school board provided $18,600 in emergency funding.
Four middle schools and four high schools will be the recipients of an advanced manufacturing program. The equipment, to be purchased from Learning Labs, Inc., will go towards supporting a new manufacturing program at the middle and high schools. According to Stover, the estimated costs for the middle school program is $60,092.82, and the estimated costs for the high school program is $589,276.60. Board members unanimously approved the request.
Several students, staff and faculty members were honored at Tuesday’s meeting. Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Dr. Elaine Boysworth presented the awards.
North Lincoln Middle School student Gavyn Keck placed first in the Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation district essay contest and second in the Area VIII Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts regional competition. The sixth grade student’s essay was titled, “The Living Soil.” Keck will be recognized later this year at the 2014 Lincoln County Soil and Water Awards Banquet.
Rock Springs Elementary School is the Region 6 winner for this year’s Elementary Battle of the Books competition. Teams from Gaston, Union and Cabarrus Counties competed against the Lincoln County elementary school on April 30. The members of the Rock Springs Elementary School Battle of the Books team include: Emma Miller, Lynnlee Little, Samuel Holdsclaw, Caroline Clements, Dylan Ambrose, Daniel Carter, Dylan Schmoyer, Meghan Restino, Ijeoma Eziri, Madison Herring and Joey Quila.
Graduating West Lincoln High School senior Matthew Mault received recognition regarding his recent appointment to the Air Force Academy, located in Colorado Springs. The Times-News previously reported on Mault’s application process to apply to the prestigious academy, including receiving a nomination from Senator Richard Burr. According to Boysworth, Mault’s scholarship is worth approximately $450,000.
Two Lincoln County students will be spending their summer in the state’s capital. Lincolnton High School student Andrew Cromer and West Lincoln High School student Chase Costner were selected to attend The Governor’s School of North Carolina.
A five-week summer residential program for intellectually gifted high school students, the program integrates academic disciplines, the arts and unique courses on the state’s two campuses. According to the program’s website, the curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline and does not involve credit, tests or grades. This summer, Cromer will study math at Governor’s School East, located at Meredith College in Raleigh. Costner was selected to study Natural Science at Governor’s School East as well.
Lincolnton High School student Dominique Ormsby placed within the top 30 North Carolina participants in the Poetry Out Loud competition, a national competition that begins at the classroom level and ends with state and national finals. Dominique was one of 150 Lincolnton High School students that competed within their English classes across the United States. According to Boysworth, Ormsby performed three of her best recitation poems at the district level competition and won. While she was not selected as a top ten state finalist, Ormsby had the opportunity to meet the North Carolina Poet Laureate and many other famous North Carolina artists.
High school students across the county traveled to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill to participate in the North Carolina All-State Band event last weekend. East Lincoln High School participants include Nickolas Glenn for 1st Chair ContraBass Clarinet, Emily Michael for 1st Chair String Bass and Daniel Butler for 10th Chair Trumpet. Lincolnton High School participants include Ellen Carpenter for 13th Chair Clarinet and Mauricio Lozano for 3rd Chair Tuba. West Lincoln High School student Noah Cline, 4th Chair Flute, participated as well as North Lincoln High School student Maggie Watts, playing 15th Chair Flute.
West Lincoln High School wrestler Mack George placed first in his weight class at the NCHSAA Individual Wrestling State Championship. Additional state qualifiers included West Lincoln High School wrestlers Jake Clary, Robbie Hallman and Andreas Gonzalez.
The Lincoln County Board of Education will hold its next meeting on June 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lincoln County Schools Offices in Lincolnton.