The Lincoln County Board of Education held a special meeting Thursday evening (June 25th) to continue planning for the 2020-2021 school year.
The board approved changes to the school calendar for the coming year recommended by Superintendent Dr. Lory Morrow. The original school calendar had to be amended to comply with SB704, a new law that was passed by the NC General Assembly in May. It sets the start date for students as Monday August 17th. The new calendar also reflects five new remote learning days that were previously labeled as optional teacher workdays. These dates can be used to make up missed time throughout the year in the event of inclement weather or other events that may close school temporarily.
The other holiday breaks, intersession, and reporting dates on the original calendar were not amended. To view the new calendar, visit the Lincoln County Schools homepage at www.lcsnc.org and click the calendar link.
Also at Thursday evening’s meeting, the School Board approved the placement of three assistant principals for the coming year.
Andrew Suarez, who had served as Assistant Principal at North Lincoln Middle School since August 2017, will be going to East Lincoln High School as an Assistant Principal. Suarez was a special education teacher and coach outside Lincoln County before joining the school system. At East Lincoln, he replaces Marc Pecorella, who recently accepted a position outside of Lincoln County Schools.
At North Lincoln Middle School, Suarez will be replaced by Brandon Finger. Finger has served as an administrator and teacher in Lincoln County Schools for six years and for five years as a teacher in Catawba County. He previously served as the Assistant Principal at Asbury Academy and most recently at Iron Station Elementary; he also taught at NLMS before becoming an administrator.
At Iron Station Elementary, Kassandra (Kassie) Arndt will replace Finger as the Assistant Principal. Mrs. Arndt has served Lincoln County Schools since 2013. She taught at Rock Springs Elementary and most recently at St. James Elementary. Before coming to Lincoln County, Kassie taught for four years in the Iredell-Statesville Schools. She recently achieved her Masters in School Administration at UNC Charlotte. Mrs. Arndt was named the Lincoln County Schools Teacher of the Year for 2019-2020.