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Board of Education votes to increase cost of school meals

ELIZABETH HEFFNER
Staff Writer

Starting this fall, public school students will be expected to pay a 10-cent increase for school lunches.
Elementary school lunches will now cost $2.45 per student, while middle and high school students will pay $2.55 per lunch. The increase in school lunch fees is part of an adjustment approved last June to ensure the county was in compliance with the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.
According to this act, school districts whose average meal price is less than $2.65 are required to increase meal prices by 10 cents per year to support the program or add non-federal funds to the school food service amount.
Board of Education members voted unanimously on Tuesday to honor the Health Hunger-Free Kids Act by increasing school lunch fees.
The board also honored several students, teachers and staff members at the meeting.
First to be recognized were the 2013 Duke Energy M.L. Butler Summer Internship recipients.
The one-week internship allowed rising 11th and 12th grade students the opportunity to learn about energy related careers available across the region. Internship recipients included Skylar Greer and Jeb Walker from West Lincoln High School, Kara Copeland from East Lincoln High School, Luke Frazier and Sam Lanier from Lincolnton High School and Sam Nuhfer from North Lincoln High School.
Blum Corporation also awarded North Lincoln High School student Jeremy Sherrill with the 2014 Internships for Apprenticeship 2000, a six-week internship over the summer.
Lincoln County Assistant Superintendent Dr. Elaine Boysworth then went on congratulate Future Business Leaders of America club members who received regional and national awards in their area of study.
North Lincoln High School student Chase Caldwell was honored for placing within the top 10 of a state competition.
West Lincoln High School FBLA students Scarlett Finley and Julia Lopes placed second in the Banking and Financial Systems category of the state competition.
By placing second, both Lopes and Finley qualified to attend Nationals in Nashville, Tennessee.
Lincolnton High School’s FBLA students also brought back several awards from the state competition. Brandon Keneda received third place recognition in the Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure category, qualifying him to attend Nationals in Nashville.
J’diah Friday was selected as a representative of the NC FBLA Chapter and was awarded the title of Courtesy Court Member at the state competition. Andrew Cromer received recognition for Office 2010, Multimedia Design and Personal Finance and also placed as a top 10 state medalist in the Economics category. Other Top 10 Medalists included Gerald Tadeja in Business Math and Wesley Leonhardt in Introduction to Information Technology. In the Job Interview category, Lana Logan was awarded 1st Place in the Southwest Region of the North Carolina FBLA.
Logan also was a candidate for the organization’s State Office of President. Myrical DeLacy-James served as Logan’s campaign manager, and both Cheyanne Hotchkiss and Wesley Leonhardt served as Officer Campaign Team members.
The Distributive Education Clubs of America/Marketing Education Student Association (DECA) honored several North Lincoln High School students during the board’s meeting. In the category of Buying and Merchandising Operations Research, Alex Hafner and Dylan Harris won third place in the state competition.
In the Creative Marketing Project category, Lily Duvall and Bethany Bryant won third place in the state competition.
T.J. Carswell and Ethan Thornhill placed sixth in the Financial Literacy Promotions Project category at the state competition.
In the category of Sports and Entertainment Operations Research, Wesley Shaw and Marti Wright won fifth place, and Fallon Huffman and Abi Smith placed sixth. In the Entrepreneurship Promotion Project category, Ricky Anthony and Graham Lundgren placed sixth. In the category of Buy and Merchandising Operations Research, Kaylyn Gideon and Sinclair Do placed ninth. For the Community Service Project category, Ken Bass and Madison Looper placed ninth. In the category of Financial Analysis Team Decision, Maddie McDonald and Catherine Stegal placed ninth. In the category of Fashion Merchandising Promotional Plan, Mary Pruier, Zach McKinney and Taylor Stamey placed tenth.
Five North Lincoln High School students received awards at the 2014 International DECA Competition, hosted in Atlanta, Georgia. In the category of Buying and Merchandising Operations Research, Alex Hafner and Dylan Harris were awarded 11th place. In the Creative Marketing Project, Kandace Caskey, Kendall Caskey and Candler Keller received “proficiency” awards.
The Lincoln County Schools 10th Annual High School Quiz Bowl, formerly known as the Knowledge Bowl, was held on May 22. This year, the winning team was from West Lincoln High School. Participating team members included Carmen Vargas, Cory Cook, Cody Hodge, Nathan Gant, Kyle Garver, Seth Baxter, Diana Amaya, Olivia Godfrey, Noah Cline and Matthew Carpenter. The team is coached by West Lincoln High School teachers Ken Hilderbran and Keith Neal.
WTVI and Central Piedmont Community College hosted the Regional Middle/High School STEM Awards for 13 counties within their viewing area last month. The awards were designed to reward student and teachers for their excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. Two teachers and one student from Lincoln County were honored at the Red Carpet Ceremony held May 21. Lincolnton Middle School 6th grade science teacher Michael Watts was honored at the meeting for his wave simulator project. Asbury Alternative School 7-12th grade Science Teacher Tammy Sigler-Delauter and 7th grade student Paul Luster were recognized for their Carolina STEM Challenge Mousetrap Car.
Board members honored Sheryl Nixon for being chosen as the 2014 Southwest Regional Career and Technical Education Director of the Year. According to Dr. Boysworth, Nixon joined the Lincoln County School System in 1984, where she taught Career and Technical Services training.
The Delta Sigma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a group composed of Lincoln County educators, honored three of their award recipients at Tuesday’s meeting. The Future Educator Scholarship Award was presented to Lincolnton High School senior Shelby Rollins, who plans to study education at Lenoir-Rhyne University this fall. The Delta Kappa Gamma Advanced Degree Scholarship was presented to Love Memorial Elementary EC teacher Betsy Rhinehardt. The Delta Kappa Gamma spokeswoman explained that Rhinehardt was being recognized for the extra care and compassion she offers her students as well as for her desire to further her education for their benefit. This year’s Most Promising Young Woman Educator Award was presented to first-year Lincolnton High School teacher Lily Gibby.
Board members spent the remainder of the meeting addressing several agenda items. Highlights of the actions taken and approved during the meeting included:
The approval of various bids for painting, Drivers Education and garbage collection services.
The approval of vendors for milk and produce for 2014-2015 as well as bread, chemicals and cheese for the 2014-2015 school year.
Board members approved the request to name the front drive at Love Memorial Elementary School as Diand Canipe Drive.
The Lincoln County Board of Education will hold a Special Called Board Meeting as well as the Policy Committee and Budget and Finance Committee meetings on June 25 at 6 p.m. at the Lincoln County Schools Administrative Offices on North Generals Blvd. The next monthly board meeting will take place July 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lincoln County Schools Administrative Offices.

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