In closed session at their most recent meeting, the Lincoln County Board of Education the board approved the Superintendent’s recommendation to select Brian Palmer as the new principal at Rock Springs. Palmer has served as the assistant principal at Rock Springs since July 2018. Prior to moving into administration, Mr. Palmer taught first grade at Blythe Elementary IB World School in Huntersville from 2011-2017. He also taught first grade at Tuckaseegee Elementary in Charlotte from 2006-2011. Palmer graduated from Pfeiffer University with a BA in elementary education in 2005. He received his master’s in school administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2018.
A community member, Joseph Permelia appeared before the board to discuss masks and drinking fountains. He was against students and teachers having to wear masks and provided evidence to their detriment.
In other business -
- Multiple sports teams and individuals were recognized.
- Kristin Fernetti, a second-grade teacher at Union Elementary School was recognized for receiving the North Carolina Farm Bureau "Ag in the Classroom" grant.
- Kathy Bosiak, a science teacher at Lincolnton High School was recognized for receiving the Fund for Teachers Innovation Circle Grant, the North Carolina Governor’s Educator Discovery Award and the Learning and Leadership Grant from the NEA Foundation.
- The board heard information on an offer of Walter Clark to purchase a portion of undeveloped land beside the bus and staff parking lot at East Lincoln High School. The purpose of this purchase is to provide access to a future housing development. This was approved by the board.
- A reduction of the facility use fees charged to the East Lincoln American Legion Post 455 baseball was approved.
- Brian Clary provided information to the board about the possible installation of synthetic turf and fundraising for each high school football field for the district.
- Dr. Heath Belcher provided an update on the district instructional plan for the 2021-2022 school year.
- Dr. Tim Beam updated the board on the Title 1 Program Grant for the 2021-2022 school year. The district currently has 10 Title 1 schools.
- Board member Joan Avery requested that the board approve a resolution urging the North Carolina General Assembly to increase teacher and staff salaries. This was approved by the board.
While it was not discussed at this meeting, Lincoln County Schools recently posted on Facebook that unless the state specifies otherwise, Lincoln County Schools will not offer a remote learning option for the 2021-2022 school year. All instruction will be face to face.
An Individual Healthcare Plan, IEP, or 504 Plan will provide specific learning options and/or accommodations for students that need homebound instructional services or similar accommodations due to COVID-19.