In closed session held after their regular board meeting on Tuesday, the Lincoln County Schools Board of Education acknowledged the retirement of Mitchell Sherill from his position as principal of North Lincoln Middle School. Sherrill has been on paid administrative leave since the end of May for reasons that were not disclosed by the board or superintendent Dr. Lory Morrow. Samantha Campbell was named acting principal, while she maintains her position as director of secondary education, until further notice. The search has begun for a new principal for North Lincoln, according to assistant superintendent Dr. Aaron Allen. A survey was released on June 13 asking for feedback to Lincoln County Schools human resources about the characteristics that the stakeholders believe are needed for an effective principal at North Lincoln High School.
Also in this closed meeting, the board accepted the superintendent’s recommendation to transfer several assistant principals to different schools for the 2019-2020 school year. Joshua Henderson, the assistant principal at Catawba Springs Elementary was reassigned to Battleground Elementary. North Lincoln assistant principal Jason Cranford will become the assistant principal for Catawba Springs for the 2019-2020 school year. Traci Melton was transferred from Lincolnton Middle School to North Lincoln Middle School. Laurie Sellers, assistant principal and Title 1 teacher at Union Elementary will become the Assistant Principal at Pumpkin Center Intermediate for the 2019-2020 school year. Tracy Livingston, assistant principal at Battleground will become a teacher at East Lincoln High School.
Also at this closed meeting, the board accepted the resignation of Mark Lackey as athletic director of North Lincoln High School. Lackey will continue as a coach and teacher at North Lincoln. The vacant athletic director position has been posted as well, according to Allen.
During the regular meeting, numerous athletic recognitions were given. The East Lincoln Middle School girls soccer team was recognized as the Tri-County Conference Champions. From East Lincoln High School, Lance Rowe was recognized for being named Conference Golfer of the Year for South Fork 2A Golf, Garrett Michel was Conference Player of the Year All State for South Fork 2A Baseball, Michaela Gammon was first place regional for the 3200-meter run, Taryn Giles-Robinette was first place regional for discus, the women’s relay team was also first place regional, Taylor Barrineau was All State for soccer and Rollin Mackel was Conference Coach of the Year for South Fork 2A Men’s Tennis.
Daniel Hopkins from Lincolnton High School was acknowledged for being first place regional for the 3200-meter run.
From North Lincoln High School, Wyatt Manus received the State Sportsmanship Award for baseball and Joey Cobb was 2A All Conference Player and 2A State Most Valuable Player also for baseball. Jake Quilla, Jake Soorus, Seth Whitley and Matt Heavner were all recognized for being 2A All Conference Players and the entire baseball team was recognized for being first place western regional and first place state.
The last grouping of INNOVATOR Awards were given at the meeting. These awards, which are awarded at nine week intervals, are intended to recognize staff, students or community members that have shown their ability to think through situations, find creative ways to solve problems, were tenacious in seeing a task through, connected with students and/or community or integrated subjects that made students excited about content. The following individuals, all Lincoln County Schools staff members received the awards – Eric Eaker, Jami Hensley, Danielle Krupa and Eddie Dean.