During a closed session held after the Lincoln County Schools Board of Education meeting on July 9, the board voted to hire Preston Clarke as the new principal at Lincolnton High School to replace Tony Worley, who was arrested on July 8. According to a press release sent by associate superintendent Dr. Aaron Allen, Clarke is a graduate of Appalachian State University and is coming to Lincoln County after spending five years as the Valle Crucis School (K-8) in Sugar Grove. He was a former high school teacher at Maiden High before moving to Watauga County to serve as assistant principal at Watauga High School for three years before becoming the principal at Valle Crucis School. Clarke was selected as Watauga County Schools Principal of the Year in 2017. He is currently seeking his doctorate degree from East Tennessee State University.
Also voted on during closed session was the hiring of Casey Oakes as the new assistant principal at Lincolnton Middle School. Oakes, who did his student teaching at North Lincoln High School and is a former NC Teaching Fellow, has been conducting bands/theater since 2010 at Southwestern Randolph and Maiden High Schools and has been leading the band at St. Stephens High School since 2013.
At the regular board meeting, the following year end IGNITE Awards were given:
- Lincolnton Middle School: Golf Team won the year-end IGNITE Award for Middle School Academic Excellence with a 3.54 GPA.
- North Lincoln High School: Marching Band won the year-end IGNITE Award for High School Performing Arts Academic Excellence with the highest GPA (3.51).
- North Lincoln High School: Women’s Softball Team won the spring semester athletic IGNITE Award with a GPA of 3.82.
- West Lincoln High School: Women’s Volleyball team won the year-end IGNITE Award for High School Athletic Academic Excellence with a 3.88 GPA.
- West Lincoln High School: Chorus won the spring semester arts program IGNITE Award winner with a 3.34 GPA.
West Lincoln High School senior, Christopher Moxley was recognized for being named the South Fork 2A Pitcher of the Year and for being selected to play on the 2A All-State baseball team. During the baseball season, Moxley pitched 72 innings, threw 90 strikeouts and had an earned run average of 1.75.
Five North Lincoln High School students were recognized for being named as All-State Players by the North Carolina Softball Coaches Association 2019:
- Freshman, Sylvia Burroughs
- Sophomore, Morgan McCaslin
- Junior, McKayla Watts
- Senior, Mia Duvall
- Senior, Haley Patrick