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6/26/2020 8:28:00 AM
School Board Update

Lincoln County Schools
Press Release


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. 



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By the way, for anyone who doesn't already know (and we haven't talked about it since before the March Primary Election) there's a School Board election this year.  Filing is underway and will continue until noon Monday July 6th.  The nominally non-partisan election will be on the November ballot.  So far, nine candidates have filed for the four seats up for election this year.  Incumbent Kirk Herbertson will have two opponents (so far) for his District 3 seat--Christina Sutton & Jason Beckley.  Incumbent Mark Mullen will be opposed by Robin Bryant for his District 4 seat.  Current vice chair of the Board of Education (that's the proper term) Heather Rhyne will be opposed by Ann Cesena for her at-large seat.  School Board chair Cathy Davis is a County Commissioner candidate.  Seeking her District 1 seat are Jon Propst and Myra Heavner.  We'll tell more about the candidates in an article shortly after the filing period ends. One seat on the Soil & Water Conservation Board is also up for election this year; filing for that post also continues until July 6th.

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