Contract eyed

Lincoln County Board of Education officials have received the construction management company’s proposed contract for Phase I of the school system’s building plan, which includes construction of the new Blanche School and an addition at Lincoln County High School.

The proposed contract, submitted by Lashlee-Rich, Inc., was received during the board’s January meeting last week. It is expected to be approved by the board during its February session.

In other business, the board approved a $15 increase per day for Highland Rim School bus drivers who drive a double route each day. Keith Gill, supervisor of transportation, said the school has been shorthanded and two drivers are driving two routes every day.

A request to increase the mileage rate from 44 cents per mile to the state rate at 47 cents per mile for express bus drivers was also approved by the board. The total cost to the system is expected to amount to $2,300 per year.  

“We’re meeting a need so we don’t have to hire more drivers,” said Gill. Board Chairman Tommy Stevenson added, “We may need to look at transportation needs … and address what we need to do to encourage more drivers.”

Board members also accepted the annual audit of its activities fund, presented by Lori Barnes of David A. Kidd, CPA. There were no issues reported as findings in the audit.

An additional teaching position for a teacher certified to teach the hearing impaired was also approved. The position will likely be paid for through the system’s General Purpose Fund. Three other General Purpose Fund amendments were also approved.

Board members approved policies 1.403 and 4.701 upon their first readings. Policy 4.701 concerns maintaining test data security, and policy 5.701 refers to substitute teacher designates.

January’s Support Staff of the Month recognition went to Jackie Watson. David Golden, principal of Flintville School, commended Watson on the good character she brings to school. She is the daughter of Jerry and Mary Pendergrass.

Amy Howell was recognized as the Teacher of the Month by Emily Pierce, Unity principal. Howell has been teaching at Unity for 20 years and is head interventionist.

Board member Susan Cowley introduced Betty Mansfield, who received the Retired Educator of the Year recognition. Mansfield served in the educational field for 31 years.

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