Numerous awards and recognitions were given at the Lincoln County Board of Education regular meeting held on Tuesday, May 14. Six students received the first of a new group of awards created by superintendent Dr. Lory Morrow related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The students receiving these awards were Reese Burch from Rock Springs Elementary for her Leprechaun Trap. Aiden DeLuca, Benjamin Heavner, and Noah Oracion from Rock Springs Elementary for designing a windmill using the engineering design process, Seraphina Shutt from West Lincoln Middle School for her battery buggy vehicle project and Halee Reinhardt from West Lincoln High School for her reverse engineering project.
Students from West Lincoln Middle School were recognized for their competition and wins at the North Carolina Science Olympiad competition. They competed in the regional Science Olympiad at Catawba Valley Community College and earned first place out of 20 teams. The students medaled in 15 of the 23 events. This team then competed at the state event held at North Carolina State University on April 26 and 27 where Cassie Craig and Ashton Jenkins placed second in the 'Write It, Do It" event.
A teacher at Rock Springs Elementary School, Regina Hovis and Ruthanna Campbell-Crews, a teacher at Norris S. Childers Elementary School were honored for being selected by High Point University as part of the Leadership Academy.
Another teacher at Norris Childers, Anna Gilbert was recognized for being part of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Principal Preparation for Excellence and Equity in Rural Schools leadership program.
Jordan Owens, a Union Elementary School teacher received recognition for being a participant in Western Carolina University’s Masters of School Administration clinical placement program.
In other business, Fortress Mobile was approved as the vendor for digital video systems for school buses and Surry Insurance was approved as the contractor for district insurance. The board also approved the Alternative Accountability Model of Options for 2019-2020. This approval allows Asbury Academy to use three years of data to calculate the letter grade for the school. The Career and Technical Education Local Plan for 2019-2020 was also approved.