10/3/2017 2:20:00 AM Commissioners Approve Grant For Science Education
Commissioners Rich Permenter and Anita McCall
(Lincoln Herald Staff Photos)
Mecklenburg County Young Marines
Wayne Howard Staff Writer
Lincoln County Commissioners voted Monday night to give a $50,000 grant to the Lincoln County Schools for an elementary school science program. Commissioner Rich Permenter said he had talked with Supt. Dr. Loy Morrow and lead science teacher Melissa Dellinger as well as other educators and they are excited about the idea.
The money, which will come from the County's Fund Balance, will be a one-time expenditure, although Commissioners could approve other grants--for science or other programs--in the future. The limitations on its use include that none of it can go for administrative costs or to fund existing programs--it will have to be used for a special science education project to be determined by the schools, whose only requirement will be that they make a report at the end of the school year on the project and its impact.
Permenter, who championed the project, said he and Commissioner Carrol Mitchem (who wasn't present at Monday night's meeting) were enthusiastic about promoting science education with this grant.
Commissioner Anita McCall raised the only objection. McCall said that she had talked with constituents including educators who questioned why the money would be given to science education and not to other programs--like English, math, physical education. McCall said she believed the decision on such a grant should be part of the budget process--not something decided during the school year.
Commissioners voted 3-1 as Bill Beam and Martin Oakes joined Permenter is giving the grant approval.
Among other business, Commissioners voted to declare the last week of October Red Ribbon Week. Members of the Mecklenburg County Young Marines of the Marine Corps League attended the meeting to ask for the designation.
The Red Ribbon Campaign was established by Congress in 1988 to encourage a drug-free lifestyle and involvement in drug prevention and reduction efforts. During National Red Ribbon Week, people are asked to show their support for a drug-free environment by wearing a red ribbon. Mecklenburg and Gaston County commissioners had already approved similar resolutions.
It has been ten years since Lincoln County adopted its current Land Use Plan. Commissioners and the County Planning Board spent the last part of Monday night's meeting reviewing the Draft Proposal for the 2017 Land Use Plan. Multiple meetings were held to gather input from the public related to the plan; now the public comment period for the rest of this month will give a chance for the public to see what has been developed and offer comments. It's expected that the Planning Board and Commissioners will then likely approve the new plan in November.