Lincoln School Makes Repairs
Lincoln School Board has placed a tentative plan for a multi-purpose facility at the high school on hold while the school pays to repair structural issues at the middle school gym, according to Superintendent Mary Ann Spears.
School board members discussed the situation at their March 14 meeting. The meeting was held a week earlier because of spring break.
Costs to repair the middle school gym are higher than expected and could cost $150,000 to $200,000, Spears said. An engineering inspection showed water has seeped into the porous concrete blocks of the building, compromising the structure’s 39 metal supports. All supports will have to be addressed. The middle school gym, built in 1974, is closed while the repairs are being made by Milestone Construction of Springdale. Spears said the work should be finished by May 1.
The board had hoped to make plans on a multi-purpose facility this summer but that decision may have to wait another year, Spears said. The district has a building shell near the football stadium designated as a new fieldhouse. The school now is considering an option to add some classrooms to the building, thus calling the structure a multi-purpose building.
In other business, the board approved a motion to grant a quit claim deed for a community building to New Hope Community. The community building is on Greasy Valley Road and was part of the former Cane Hill school system. When Cane Hill consolidated with Lincoln schools, the building was part of the consolidation but no one was aware of that.
Spears said it recently came to the attention of the district that the building still belonged to the school district. The School Board voted to relinquish its claim on the building to a group of individuals who have agreed to take care of it. Lincoln School Board did the same thing for other community buildings that came in during the consolidation of community schools to make up Lincoln Consolidated School District. Several school staff members gave reports at the School Board meeting. Reports were given about a recent Bright Futures conference in Joplin, Mo. Lincoln made a presentation at the conference about the community garden and the Back to School Bonanza to help students at the beginning of the school year.
Principals reported on an idea to initiate personalized learning plans for students. Spears said the school is exploring options for instruction, including flexible scheduling and innovative learning proposals. With the changes in online classes and digital learning, schools have to make changes to meet new technology, Spears said.
The Board accepted the resignation of three teachers: Jackson Jones, James Meyers and Elizabeth Smith.