A four-man committee has been established and assigned the task of looking at purchasing property that would accommodate a new K-8 school to relieve overcrowding within the Lincoln County School System.
Lincoln County Board of Education Chairman Jerry Pendergrass appointed board members Brent Malone, Dexter Sullivan and Robert Strope, along with Ricky Bryant, supervisor of maintenance and facilities for the school system, to the committee Monday.
“I would ask that this committee look at purchasing property to help relieve some overcrowding situations,” said Pendergrass in Monday’s school board meeting.
“South Lincoln, Highland Rim and Flintville [schools] are full,” Pendergrass explained after the meeting, going on to add that a new school serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade would relieve pressure felt at those at-capacity schools. “We’re also trying to be fair to all the students attending these schools.”
The committee will weigh options and then return to the board its recommendation.
The school board meeting, normally held the first Monday night of each month, had been moved up from this week.
In other business, the board approved a pre-kindergarten grant for the upcoming year, as well as bids for school bus fuel, paper products, custodial supplies, and milk and ice cream products, all in keeping prices steady for the upcoming school year.
Additionally, it was noted that Dr. Wanda Shelton, director of schools, central office supervisors Terry Sue Fanning and Joel Hastings, along with Brad Luna, technology coordinator, have been named to a national team that will study changing technology in education.
It was also noted that school bus garage staff has completed the installation of cameras on all of the system’s buses, with the exception of one.
Additionally, the board scheduled a retreat for July 27. The retreat will get underway at 8 a.m. in the library of South Lincoln Elementary School.