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In closed session held after what was an otherwise ordinary meeting of the Lincoln County Schools Board of Education on Tuesday, June 9, Superintendent Dr. Lory Morrow announced her retirement. Morrow was hired by LCS in 2017. She’s retiring after 29 years in education, as a classroom teacher, school administrator and as superintendent for two North Carolina public school districts, including being the first woman to serve in that role for the Davidson County Public Schools, according to a press release dated June 10. 

Under Dr. Morrow’s leadership, Lincoln County Schools ranks 11th in the State (out of 115 districts) in student achievement, according to the press release. She also led the effort to pass the quarter-cent sales tax referendum in May 2018.  The revenue from the sales tax adoption is used to support technology enhancements, school safety and security improvements, building repairs and to purchase additional classroom supplies for teachers and students.  The revenue generated form this fund will have a lasting, positive effect on the school system for years to come.  Morrow also initiated a successful leadership training and development program for teachers and administrators, which will ensure Lincoln County Schools has a strong assortment of school leaders in the future. 

“Lincoln County Schools is a wonderful district with strong leadership in the classrooms, at each school, and at the district level.  It has been an honor and a privilege to be part of such an outstanding team.  I appreciate the Board of Education for allowing me to serve the students, staff, and this community for the last three years,” Morrow said on her retirement. “I have spent the last 29 years of my life serving students, teachers, administrators, and parents in a variety of roles, always as an advocate for students.  It’s now time for me to explore the next phase of life.”

The Board of Education will meet on June 25 to discuss the next steps as Lincoln County begins the search for a new school system superintendent.  Morrow’s retirement will be effective in October.

Also, during closed session, according to a press release dated June 10, the board approved several administrative changes. Craig Short was named the Assistant Principal at Pumpkin Center Intermediate and Pumpkin Center Primary for the 2020-2021 school year.  Short most recently served as the Assistant Principal at Lincolnton High School for the past three years.  He was originally hired in Lincoln County to serve as an Assistant Principal at West Lincoln Middle School in 2015.  Before coming to Lincoln County, Short taught history and coached in Cleveland and Gaston Counties.  Short has been an educator for 20 years.  He replaces Laurie Sellers (at PCI) who accepted a Principalship in Catawba County Schools and Rhonda Harrill (at PCP).

Matt Hovis was named the Assistant Principal at East Lincoln Middle School for the 2020-2021 school year.  Hovis most recently served as an interim Assistant Principal at Battleground Elementary since January 2020.  He also recently completed his Administrative degree through High Point University.  Matt taught at Lincolnton Middle School for eight years and served as a coach and athletic director during his tenure.  Hovis replaces Dustin Stamey who left in March to pursue a career outside of education.

Regina Hovis was named the Assistant Principal at Lincolnton High School for the 2020-2021 school year.  Hovis is a graduate of UNCC and High Point University and has served since 1993.  She began her career as a Teacher Assistant/Bus Driver in Iredell County and joined Lincoln County Schools in 2007 as a first-grade teacher at Rock Springs Elementary.  She replaces Craig

During the regular meeting, board members reviewed the changes to Lincoln County School’s trespass agreement with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office.

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Heath Belcher reviewed the summer jump start program.

Also at the regular meeting, West Lincoln High School’s Women’s Varsity Cheerleading team was recognized for being the first runner-up in the NCHSAA Scholar Team of the Year. The men’s varsity football team was also recognized for being the second runner-up in the NCHSAA Scholar Team of the Year.

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